How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

by candy47

Golden yellow and oval shaped, spaghetti squash usually weighs about 4 to 8 pounds. When cooked, the inside looks just like spaghetti and can be prepared in the same way.

A great way to get your veggies, spaghetti squash is rich in nutrients including potassium, vitamin A, beta carotene and folic acid and can be substituted for spaghetti in any pasta dish. It's lower in calories than pasta and not nearly as heavy so you don't feel like you've eaten too much afterwards as sometimes happens with pasta.
Spaghetti squash can be served as a main course with marinara sauce and meatballs, just as you would serve spaghetti (pasta). Or, make it a side vegetable with roast beef, pork or fish. Toss it with butter for a simple side or add your own mixture of herbs and spices. It also adds a nice texture and color to any salad.

Above photo credit Wikimedia Commons

The Basics

When selecting a squash look for a pale yellow color with no bruises or soft spots. Avoid the ones that still have some green skin as they would not have matured yet.

Spaghetti squash can be baked, boiled, steamed or microwaved. The skin of an uncooked squash is thick and tough making it difficult to peel (practically impossible) or cut with a knife. I find it's easiest to bake it whole.

To Bake in the Oven

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Pierce the skin in several places with a fork
  • Place the squash in a shallow baking dish (there will be dripping from the little holes)
  • For a 4 lb. squash bake approximately 1 hour or until tender when a fork pierces easily into the skin and flesh
  • Remove from oven and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds, they can be roasted for snacking
  • Using a fork remove the spaghetti strands, they separate easily.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce as you would for pasta spaghetti
Select the right spaghetti squash
Select the right spaghetti squash
Photo by Candy Dorsey
Poke holes with fork
Poke holes with fork
Photo by Candy Dorsey
Separate spaghetti strands
Separate spaghetti strands
Photo by Candy Dorsey
With Marinara
With Marinara

Serving Bowls

Serve your spaghetti squash in any of these colorful bowls. A touch of Italy or beautiful Mexico inspired bright tones.  Keep it simple with images of vegetables and herbs.

Use them for soup, cereal, salad...anything at all!

Shallow Baking Dishes

These Pyrex baking dishes are just what you'll need for spaghetti squash.  They can go in the oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher and microwave.  Use them for baking cakes, lasagna, casseroles and lots more. 

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Updated: 08/27/2016, candy47
 
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candy47 on 04/18/2016

I'm glad you had a pleasant memory Brenda marie.

Brenda marie on 04/18/2016

make me think of my grandmother, she would make all the time

candy47 on 01/20/2016

Yes MBC, healthier and lighter than pasta. You don't feel 'heavy' after eating spaghetti squash.

MBC on 01/20/2016

I love spaghetti Squash! And it's healthier than pasta.

candy47 on 10/14/2015

Go for it, jptanabe!

jptanabe on 10/14/2015

I've had spaghetti squash a few times - it's definitely a vegetable version of spaghetti! Happy that this article reminded me it's in season again right now.

candy47 on 10/07/2015

Good idea mihgasper, it would be great for Halloween!

mihgasper on 10/07/2015

Never hear of it before. It looks spectacular and just perfect for halooween themed lunch. 'Spaghetti' remind me of scarecrow's straw hair!

candy47 on 09/24/2015

You'll love it Angela!

AngelaJohnson on 09/24/2015

I first tasted spaghetti squash about three years ago. When I see it at a farmer's market, I'll buy it and cook it.

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