How to cook Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash is such a simple and easy vegetable to prepare!  When your kids get their vitamins through real food, they can absorb it better.  From spaghetti squash, they get

  1. 5.4 mg of vitamin C
  2. Vitamin B
  3. Vitamin A
  4. Vitamin E
  5. Vitamin K
  6. Manganese
  7. Fiber
  8. Potassium
  9. Iron
  10. Zinc

And so many more we don’t even know about yet!

If you haven’t cooked some spaghetti squash with your kids yet, don’t wait any longer! They’ll have fun scraping the flesh out of the squash and watching it get stringy- just like spaghetti!   That is exactly what we do when we are looking for simple side dish that goes beyond rice or potatoes.

To prepare for our Spaghetti Squash Recipe, there are basically two steps.

  • 1) Cooking it

  • 2) Scraping it

Cut your spaghetti squash in half and place in a baking dish.   Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Super Simple Spaghetti Squash Recipe. Spaghetti squash is so much easier to make than you might think! I'm not sure why we don't make it more often!

Remove from oven.  Using a fork, begin to scrape the flesh away from the skin.

Super Simple Spaghetti Squash Recipe. Spaghetti squash is so much easier to make than you might think! I'm not sure why we don't make it more often!
Super Simple Spaghetti Squash Recipe. Spaghetti squash is so much easier to make than you might think! I'm not sure why we don't make it more often!

Once all the flesh is scraped, stir in some butter, Parmesan cheese, and salt.  And Waaa-la!  The perfect side dish!

Super Simple Spaghetti Squash Recipe. Spaghetti squash is so much easier to make than you might think! I'm not sure why we don't make it more often!

Super Simple Spaghetti Squash Recipe. Spaghetti squash is so much easier to make than you might think! I'm not sure why we don't make it more often! Super Simple Spaghetti Squash Recipe. Spaghetti squash is so much easier to make than you might think! I'm not sure why we don't make it more often!

Have you tried it yet? We prepare the spaghetti squash like this, and then we can make a variety of dishes. Some of our favorites include, adding spaghetti sauce. Adding butter and parmesan cheese.   A casserole like this Spaghetti Squash Bake or stuffed like a lasagna!  What other things do you like to include with your spaghetti squash?


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After I scooped it out of the squash, I sauté the spaghetti with a little bit of infused basil olive oil, minced garlic, diced onion & tomatoes and sometimes mushrooms. Add some salt and pepper. I cut some mozzarella in cubes (not a lot) and add them at the end as I give it a little toss. Mmmm so good!

In addition to the Parmesan, I add halved cherry tomatoes and julienned basil. It’s delicious. I have also served it with marinara and parm, the kids didn’t even ask if it was real pasta or not 🙂

I have made spaghetti squash a couple times and it seems crunchy. Is that its natural texture or am I not cooking it long enough?

Michelle- We like it with a slight crunch (kind of al dente). But if you want it softer, rather than cooking it longer, try cooking it in an oven safe dish that allows you to add some water to the bottom of the dish.

Per my mom, I always spoke it a few times with a knife and boil it whole until the skin is pierced easily with a knife.

Easiest way ever to fix spaghetti squash…
Add 1/2 c water to slow cooker
Put WHOLE spaghetti squash in
Cover
Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours… Or until tender (test by sticking a fork in it)
Do not overcook or it will be mushy;)
Take out
Cut in 1/2
Scrape out!

Great! Thanks, I will try it.
I mostly have microwaved it, and once in the oven. Even after I rewarm it in the microwave it still has the crunch 🙁

I’ve made spaghetti squash a number of times but it always seems to turn out extra watery. For example, I used it as a substitute for pasta and the marinara sauce was extra watery. Any suggestions how how to get rid of some of that extra moisture?

That actually has never happened to me Katie- If anything, mine gets too dry. Maybe bake yours upside down, so all the moisture ends up draining out instead??

I have tossed it with some spinach, artichokes, mozzarella, parmesean cheese and onion. Then broil it until bubbly. Its so good!!

One helpful tip that I have found is to ask a worker in the produce section to cut it in half for you. So much easier because it can be a challenge to cut at home.

Easiest way….cut in half and lay cut side down in glass cake pan with an inch of water. Put in microwave for 14 minutes, remove and cover with a towel for 5-10 mins. Then shred away! I put mine into a cheese cloth and squeeze and drain out liquid.
Awesome recipe…
I make it into lasagne layering with roasted zucchini, organic marinara ricotta and ital cheese mix. It is amazing!!! Try and enjoy;)

I make baked spaghetti with mine. I layer it with spaghetti sauce, cheese, veggies (mushrooms, onions, peppers), and either chicken or pepperoni. It’s really easy and keeps well in the freezer.

I cut in half, clean out the middle, spray just a tad of EVOO and add a little water into the well of the squash – cover with plastic wrap and pop in the micro for about 8 minutes to 12 minutes depending on it’s size. Much quicker for those trying to get dinner on the table quickly after work and before homework….

I put mine in the microwave for about 15 mins.. Depends on size of course I simply slice in half put it on a plates paise down (inside of squash on the plate) with 1/4 c water or so it’ll steam it…then fork it outa

When you don’t have time to roast or slow cookit…….halve and seed it….flesh side down in a micro safe dish with a little water….microwave on high 10-12 mins.

I use it to make “pasta” primavera…or just butter, salt, and a little cheese

We use it in place of rice or noodles in many dishes from asian and mexican to the most common italian recipes. cut in half microwave upside down let cool/drain a bit over a clean towel or paper towels then separate and use as rice or pasta…

I use this squash many ways, mainly I cook the squash, shred it, and I either make stuffed peppers or buy frozen, Stuffed peppers and sauce over spaghetti squash, parm. cheese, sometimes toasted bread crumbs… This vegetable is very versatile.

I usually make with an Italian flair, however recently I came across spaghetti squash lo mein recipe … The kids devoured it! After cooking & scraping set aside, put seasame oil in a pan add onions then some shredded or thinly sliced carrots, add sp. squash soy sauce push to one side of pan & quickly scramble 2 eggs to incorporateI put in some frozen peas spice however you like your stir fry style dishes 🙂 next time I might add some shredded chicken & try some other veggies it was really good!!! Just google if you need a proper recipe, I tend to do my own thing 😉