How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

There are so many ways to serve this wonderful veggie. I use it in place of pasta. You can experiment with different sauces and herbs to create a great tasting dish. Try it with Alfredo sauce, or add some pesto and butter or your favorite herbs. Look for more recipes I posted for this veggie.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. (BAKE IT).
  2. Pierce the whole shell several times with a large fork or skewer and place in baking dish.
  3. Cook squash in preheated 375°F oven approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until flesh is tender, It took about 1 1/2 hours for mine to tender up.
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  5. (BOIL IT).
  6. Heat a pot of water large enough to hold the whole squash.
  7. When the water is boiling, drop in the squash and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on its size.
  8. When a fork goes easily into the flesh, the squash is done.
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  10. (MICROWAVE IT).
  11. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds.
  12. Place squash cut sides up in a microwave dish with 1/4 cup water.
  13. Cover with plastic wrap and cook on high for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on size of squash.
  14. Add more cooking time if necessary.
  15. Let stand covered, for 5 minutes.
  16. With fork "comb" out the strands.
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  18. (SLOW COOKER or CROCK-POT).
  19. Choose a smaller spaghetti squash (unless you have an extra large slow cooker) so that it will fit.
  20. Add 2 cups of water to slow cooker.
  21. Pierce the whole shell several times with a large fork or skewer, add to Crock Pot, cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.
  22. Once the squash is cooked, let it cool for 10 to 20 minutes so it will be easier to handle, before cutting in half (if it wasn't already) and removing the seeds. Pull a fork lengthwise through the flesh to separate it into long strands, (See photos.).
  23. You can do these steps ahead of time, then prepare any of the spaghetti squash recipes whenever the mood strikes.
  24. BUYING & STORING.
  25. When buying spaghetti squash, look for hard fruit that is heavy for its size, about eight to nine inches in length and four to five inches in diameter and with a pale even color. Avoid any squash with soft spots and green color is a sign of immaturity. The average four-pound spaghetti squash will yield about five cups.
  26. Spaghetti Squash can be stored at room temperature for about a month. After cutting, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days. Spaghetti squash also freezes well. Pack cooked squash into freezer bags, seal, label and freeze. Partially thaw before re-using, then steam until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes.
Most Helpful

5 5

Thank you Johnney! I wondered if you could freeze this squash and you answered that for me! You did a great job explaining the different ways to make this squash. I will try them all. Many thanks again.

5 5

Thanks for posting these great steps. I haven't ever had or cooked with spaghetti squash before, but my husband and I are trying to eat healthier, so I thought I might give it a shot, and this is very helpful!

5 5

My first spaghetti Squash!!! And it was really good! Since my husband and I are doing the low carb diet we've really missed our pasta dishes and this helps fill the gap. I will be experimenting with herbs and additions as you suggested. Thank you for taking the mystery out of this delicious vegetable:)

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