How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

By Monday, February 16, 2015 , , ,

Spaghetti Squash is an easy way to sneak some extra nutrients into your daily diet while swapping out some unnecessary carbohydrates. It takes about an hour to make these but only a few minutes of actual work. If you are interested in trying out spaghetti squash, I would highly encourage you do do so. Where I shop, they cost around $1 a pound making it equivalent to the price of a 1 pound, 16 oz box of pasta. Squash lasts for a long time so you don't need to worry about eating it right away like you might with some other produce.

When picking out your squash, look for one that is nice and firm. Pick it up and make sure it feels heavy for its weight. One squash will yield a lot of "pasta." As to an exact amount it would feed, I can't say but I can personally get at least 2 or 3 meals from one half of a squash myself. I usually like to buy 2-3 at a time since I don't make it to the grocery store every week.

What you will need:
1 squash
Salt, pepper, olive oil (all optional)
9x13 pan or a bread pan

Preparing a spaghetti squash:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°

2. Wash your squash under water to remove any dirt or chemicals, you don't eat the outside but you also don't want any bad stuff from the outside getting put on the squash. Dry with squash with a towel. You don't want to do this step when you first bring the squash home as getting them wet will start to make them go bad faster!

3. Cut the squash in half using a sharp knife. Be careful! Remove all the stringy guts and seeds from 
the center.

4. If you are cooking both halves, fill a 9x13 pan with half an inch of water. If you are only cooking 1/2 of the squash, fill a break pan with water and wrap the other half of the squash in saran wrap and place in your fridge. You should use the other half within one week.

5. Place the squash in the pan, cut side up. You can rub olive oil on the inside of the squash and sprinkle with salt and pepper if you want. This is optional!

6. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes.

7. Bring out and let the squash cool down.

8. Once cool enough to handle, hold the squash and begin to scrape the inside with a fork. You will soon see that the squash is beginning to make spaghetti.

Scrape until the shell is very thin and you can't get anymore spaghetti. 
9. Serve the squash. You can serve spaghetti squash in many ways, pasta being the most obvious and popular! Toss with pasta sauce, veggies, and meat if you want! You can also heat your squash stirring often over the stove if it got too cold during the preparation!