Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

When I shared my Veggie "Pasta" recipe, I mentioned that I used to eat spaghetti squash to substitute for pasta.  Although I have not eaten it lately, it was such a good deal at my favorite grocery store that I just had to pick one up and share the yumminess with you.


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Also, tune in for next week when one of my favorite pasta sauces that I serve over spaghetti squash or regular noodles!


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I typically prepare it in the microwave (which I will explain later), but since I had more than a few squash to roast (remember?), I used the oven as well.  Okay, let's get to the recipe!


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

What You Will Need

  • Spaghetti Squash (3 - 4 pounds)
  • Sharp knife & cutting board
  • Baking sheet
  • Olive oil
  • Fork


Directions


1.  Carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


2.  Scoop out the seeds and pulp.  I discard them, but you can roast the seeds if you wish.


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


3.  Brush the squash with olive and season it with salt and pepper.

4.  Place the squash cut side up and bake for 45 - 50 minutes at 375°F.

  • Note: A smaller spaghetti squash will require a shorter cook time and a larger spaghetti squash will require a longer cook time.  Make sure to check often to see when the flesh is easily pierced with a fork.


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


5.  Let the squash cool so you can handle it.


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


6.  Scrape the flesh into "noodles," which is super easy!


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


That's it!  Just top it with your favorite pasta sauce, such as marinara sauce, pesto, or the Creamy Burst Tomato Sauce I'll share next week!


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Lastly, if you prefer to cook the squash in the microwave, it couldn't be simpler.  Here is the quick rundown:

  1. Using a knife, carefully pierce the flesh of the squash all around several times.
  2. Microwave 10 to 12 minutes, turning upside down halfway through.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Cut the squash open and discard the seeds and pulp.
  5. Scrape the flesh into noodles.


Kitchen Basics: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash on Diane's Vintage Zest!


It is really simple and it is definitely fun to twirl the "noodles" like regular pasta.  Be warned that it is definitely not the same texture, but it is a nice healthy substitute every so once in a while.  Enjoy!


Have you eaten spaghetti squash before?



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11 comments:

  1. I've never had spaghetti squash but always wanted to try it. This would be perfect on my low-carb diet. I will be pinning this to make later.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. thanks so much for sharing! What a beautiful blog! P.S. I found you through the link party on http://ladybug-blessings.com/

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  3. Yes, it's great for low-carb and hopefully you like it! :)

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  4. I adore spaghetti squash, usually make it into a casserole. I'm not a pasta fan, so it's not even painful to use the squash! I like it better. Thanks for a great post.

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  5. Oh, thanks for visiting and I hope you stick around! :)

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  6. Such good information- I love spaghetti squash! Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- sharing on Facebook this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. CST! :)

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  7. I recently discovered Spaghetti Squash and LOVE it ! :)

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  8. So cool how this squash turns into spaghetti. Thanks for sharing on foodie friday. Pinned.

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  9. This looks delicious!
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

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  10. I do need to try this! It looks so good!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Join us again on Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST.

    ~ Ashley

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