How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (oven or microwave)
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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash is literally one of my favorite veggies year round.
It is delicious, filling and it makes a great low carb substitute for pasta dishes or in soups!
This light and delicious veggie is great cooked in the microwave or in the oven.
Once you cook spaghetti squash, add a little bit of butter or olive oil and salt & pepper for a deliciously simple side.
How to Make How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (oven or microwave)
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If you have never tried spaghetti squash, let me tell you, you are missing out!
I can assure you it’s not difficult to make! In fact, spaghetti squash is so easy to cook that once you try it, it will be a staple on your menu!
You can choose your method of cooking, both the microwave and the oven produce great results!
Start by cutting your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. It’s a very hard squash and it resists the blade of the sharpest knife so I often ask at the grocery store and most of the time they’ll cut it in half for me.
If you can’t get them to cut it at the grocer, poke it with a fork a few times then microwave for 3-4 minutes before cutting . This will soften the skin a bit to make cutting it easier.
You’re going to want to use a large knife and cut through the tough skin (this is the hardest part of prepping this veggie) slicing the spaghetti squash tip to tip lengthwise.
Next you’re going to scrape out the seeds and stringy bits. (You can cook and eat the seeds as you would with pumpkin seeds or just discard them).
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave or Oven
One of the things I love about spaghetti squash is that you can cook in the microwave in under 10 minutes or in the oven in about 40 minutes. Either way makes perfectly amazing results with the oven giving more of a caramelized flavor.
One of the biggest keys to getting microwaved spaghetti squash right is the amount of water you add. I don’t usually add water if I bake it in the oven but I do add a little bit for microwave cooking to steam it. If you add too much water, your squash will be mushy and your “spaghetti” strands will be really short.
If you are using spaghetti squash as a low carb pasta alternative, be sure to run your fork the same way as the strands to make the best ‘noodles’.
What Does Spaghetti Squash Taste Like?
One question I’m asked often is what exactly does this pretty veggie taste like? While it might resemble pasta, it does not taste the same! It has a chewy yet tender texture to it, and a very mild sweet flavor (not a rich sweet flavor like a winter squash).
Give it a try, it’s actually really delicious just lightly seasoned or topped with your favorite pasta sauce!
The number of servings from each half of squash will vary depending on how it is served. For a side dish we get about 2 servings per half squash but if we are eating it as a main dish, we account for 1/2 squash per person. If your squash is really large, you may find 1/2 squash can feed two people. The great thing is that it keeps well and reheats like a dream.