How to: Cook Spaghetti Squash

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash #squash #spaghettiquash #noodles #glutenfree #grainfree #vegetables

An easy to follow “how to” on how to cook and prepare Spaghetti Squash. 

One of the things I have missed the most during this Paleo fast has been pasta! Not only because well, its pasta. YUM! But also because it was one of my quick go to meals. Take that away and my search for a pasta substitute began!

I’ve heard of using zucchini noodles before but wanted to try something a little different. That’s when I found out about using spaghetti squash in the place of pasta. I guess thats why they call it spaghetti squash huh?

The squash is slightly sweet, can be made ahead of time, and literally looks like noodles. You can serve it with butter and herbs for a simple presentation or with a Bolognese Meat Sauce like me. {that recipe to come}

There are a couple of different ways to cook spaghetti squash, but I am a big fan of roasted vegetables so I decided to slice mine in half and roast it. Here is a great “How to” on how to Cook Spaghetti Squash.

Using spaghetti squash in the place of actual pasta is a great gluten free, grain free, or paleo option. Plus, you can get the sweet salty taste from the squash with whatever it is paired with. Absolutely delicious!

To get started, preheat oven to 375º.  Next, cut a 3-5lb. spaghetti squash in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.

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Scoop out the inside seeds and throw away.

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Use a brush to lightly season the squash flesh with 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.

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Place squash on a baking sheet flesh side up and roast for 45-50 minutes, or until flesh is easily punctured with a fork.  

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Remove from oven  and let sit until the squash is cool enough to handle. {about 3-4 minutes}

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With a fork scrap the inside of the squash gently to create noodles, if “noodles” are clumping together separate with a hand. Place in a serving bowl.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash #squash #spaghettiquash #noodles #glutenfree #grainfree #vegetables

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How to Make Spaghetti Squash

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-5 lb. spaghetti squash
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Next, cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.
  3. Scoop out the inside seeds and throw away.
  4. Use a brush to lightly season the squash flesh with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  5. Place squash on a baking sheet flesh side up and roast for 45-50 minutes, or until flesh is easily punctured with a fork.
  6. Remove from oven and let sit until the squash is cool enough to handle. {about 3-4 minutes}
  7. With a fork scrap the inside of the squash gently to create noodles, if “noodles” are clumping together separate with a hand. Place in a serving bowl.

Notes

{Recipe from The Kitchn}

 

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25 Responses
  1. I’ve never tried spaghetti squash but I keep seeing all these recipes using it. I’m going to have to try it one day soon! I’m pinning this to try out!

    1. Your welcome. You will love it, this totally satisfied Mike and I’s “pasta” craving. And to be honest, we actually liked it a little more, didn’t feel so heavy on our stomach. 🙂

    1. I know me too Gloria, which I way I NEEDED to find something to eat in its place the past 2 weeks. This squash totally fit the bill, and we actually might be doing this from now on. Didn’t leave you feeling as full and stuffed as pasta does, its amazing the effect wheat has on our body! Get on the comfort zone and do it girl. Thanks so much for the all the encouraging comments, your so sweet and always make my day!

  2. Yum, I love spaghetti squash and this tutorial is so helpful and awesome! The spaghetti squash looks so good and cooked to perfection! Keep up the good work girl, you are doing an awesome job with the Paleo fast so far:)

    1. Thanks so much for all the encouragement girl! 🙂

      It was my first time with the spaghetti squash and I am loving every part of it. Totally gonna start making this in the place of pasta more often! YUM! How do you make yours?

  3. I LOVE spaghetti squash! It is so simple yet amazingly delicious! The first time I made it my husband was a bit skeptical but he ended up really enjoying it! I have never cooked it with a little oil like that before, usually upside down in a little water. I am going to have to try that 🙂

    1. I know right! My husband was the same way, then he took a bite of it and was “ooohhh, this is pretty good. Has the whole sweet salty thing going on.”

      The olive oil is pretty good, next time I might just try serving it with a little butter and then fresh herbs. YUM! 🙂

  4. As a physician I recommend spaghetti squash as a replacement to pasta to a lot of my patients. Most of them have never tried it. When they come back and tell me they have tried it they all seem to like it. I’ve made it with a lot of different recipes and all were very good.

    1. It really is a hidden jewel and in my option tastier than pasta. You are so right, definitely lots of ways to make it and “spice it up”. Thanks so much for stopping by Kelli, p.s. so honored that a physician is commenting on this post!!!! 🙂

  5. Hi Kristake – this is fantastic and will help lots of people who might not know quite how to make this. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Have a happy Tuesday and a great week!

    1. Thanks Cindy! That is the hope, I knew that I had to search how to do it so I’m sure other people will too. 🙂 Thanks for throwing such a great party every week girl!

  6. I LOVE spaghetti squash! Ruby Tuesday actually serves it as an entree (at least they used to), but I’ve made it at home, too. I need to make it again…thanks for the reminder!!! (And for sharing on the DBB last week!)

    – Brooke –

    1. Ok, totally didnt know that about Ruby Tuesday, thats awesome! You so need to make it again, its pretty easy, just throw it in the oven and wait, then serve. Love that. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Brooke, have a great rest of the day!

  7. Hi Krista!
    Like many of your readers, I’ve known about spaghetti squash and thought about making it as a pasta substitute but never have. I’ve been getting more into gourds (along with root vegetables) so I think the time is RIPE for a really good recipe using spaghetti squash. Thanks for the cooking instructions.

    1. I’ve been loving root vegetables too, especially beets! I eat them in my salad all the time, so yummy.

      The time is totally ripe for you to try it, I’m positive you will love it. Plus if you get a big enough squash it might last you the whole week like you normally do. 🙂

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