How to Cook a Spaghetti Squash

"Here's 2 easy ways to cook a spaghetti squash for all those great recipes. It's easier than you think. One reviewer has suggested poking a few holes in the squash before the initial microwaving. I have never done this and have never had a problem but you might want to do that just in case."
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  • Wash the squash and leave it wet. Microwave it for 5 minutes to help soften the skin (it's still really hard).
  • Cut squash lengthwise and remove seeds.
  • To Microwave: put squash halves cut side down in baking dish in 1/4 cup of water covered with plastic. Nuke it for 7-10 minutes.
  • To Bake: put squash halves cut side down in baking dish in 1/4 cup of water and bake for 45 minutes covered with foil. Don't let the water cook away. Check it and add more if needed.
  • After it's cooled slightly, scrape out the veggie strands with a fork and season with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and parmesan cheese or proceed with another spaghetti squash recipe.

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  1. willys_4bta
    Step 0 - Poke some holes in the squash before microwaving. Don't ask how I know this!
  2. lazyme
    I used the microwave method, and this came out perfectly. Tender and moist. Thanks Realtor for a nice simple keeper. Made for Healthy Choices tag.
  3. myordure
    Q: Started to try the oven method, but could not find a recommended cooking temp for the recipe. Did we miss it? Suggestions (add a 'tweak')??
  4. mums the word
    This recipe worked quite well, but I think my squash must have been on the small side as it was nearly done after the first five minutes of step one. OOPS! So I lowered the Power Level to a 7 and then gave it another 2 minutes and it was perfect. I'd say my squash weighed 2 1/2 - 3 lbs, so just watch you don't overdo it if it is smaller. Will definitely make it again, thanks.
  5. Boomette
    I had a small spaghetti squash. Maybe 2 pounds. I cooked each half 7 minutes at high in the microwave. It was perfect. Thanks Realtor :) Made for 123 hit wonders


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