How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti Squash is a tasty, low carb alternative to pasta and delicious whether you’re cooking for one or cooking for more than one. See how to cook spaghetti squash in both an oven and in a toaster oven with this easy recipe and step-by-step video.

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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta.

Spaghetti squash can be a little intimidating.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta.

I mean, what exactly do you do with it?  The outside is hard and what on earth does it look like inside?  How do I even cook it?

Have those thoughts ever crossed your mind?

Well, you might be surprised to know that cooking spaghetti squash is really very easy and I’m going to walk you through the process to show you how it’s done.

Spaghetti squash is a wonderful low-carb alternative to pasta.  I love to keep it simple and eat mine mixed with a little olive oil, garlic, butter and parmesan cheese.  But you can use it in place of spaghetti in any recipe you like.

Here you go…(or you can scroll down and see the video)

First select a nice, oval shaped spaghetti squash.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta. | zagleft.com

Using a sharp knife, cut off the stem and the other end of the squash.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta. | zagleft.com

Carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta. | zagleft.com

Open up the squash and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta. | zagleft.comPreheat an oven to 400 degrees F.  Place the squash halves on a heavy-bottomed roasting pan. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to each half. Rub the oil, salt and pepper on the inside and flip them over and rub on the outside skins as well.How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta. | zagleft.com Place the squash cut side down back on the roasting pan and cover with foil.

Place the roasting pan with the squash into the oven and cook until the rind is slightly soft or gives with a little pressure, about 35-40 minutes.  Notice how the insides look soft after they’re cooked?

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta. | zagleft.com

Allow the squash to cool just enough so you can handle it.  Scrape the spaghetti squash out with a fork.  It will resemble stringy “noodles”.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta. | zagleft.com

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Watch the video for the step by step process.

Top with a bit of butter, some fresh herbs and parmesan cheese or use it in place of spaghetti in your favorite recipes.

Spaghetti squash keeps well in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days and reheats in the microwave.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, an easy step-by-step recipe with photos and a video. Spaghetti Squash is a flavorful low carb alternative to pasta. | zagleft.com

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Spaghetti Squash With Garlic and Butter, a Toaster Oven Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Butter – easily cooked in a toaster oven, then mixed with butter, garlic and parmesan cheese. A simple, healthy and flavorful meal.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 people
Author: Joanie Zisk
Ingredients
  • 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic , thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese , grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat toaster oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Under cool running water, rinse off the spaghetti squash. Dry with a towel.

  3. Slice off each end of the spaghetti squash.

  4. Slice the spaghetti squash horizontally down the middle.

  5. Open up the spaghetti squash and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

  6. Turn each half of the spaghetti squash over and cut each piece in half so that you now have 4 pieces of the spaghetti squash.

  7. Drizzle a little of the tablespoon of olive oil over the tops of each piece of spaghetti squash. Sprinkle tops with salt and pepper.

  8. Rub the remaining olive oil, salt, and pepper over the inside and the outside of each piece of spaghetti squash.

  9. Place the spaghetti squash on a toaster oven baking tray, cover with foil and bake in your toaster oven for 45 minutes or until the skin of the spaghetti squash is tender and the flesh pulls away easily from the rind.

  10. When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork and "scrape" out the squash, pulling it gently from the rind. It will resemble "spaghetti-like" strands.

  11. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in the spaghetti squash, cook for about 2 minutes until heated through. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Taste and add salt or pepper if desired.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Your recipe for spaghetti squash sounds so easy, I am looking forward to cooking it. This will be my first attempt with this squash. So thank you for your help.

    • Thanks, Susan. It’s such an easy vegetable to cook, the hardest part is cutting it down the middle. I’d love to know how you prepared your spaghetti squash.

  2. I am the only one who eats spaghetti squash in my house. They are too large to eat the whole squash. Can I save half uncooked and covered in the fridge? If so, how long do you think it will last?

    • Hi Andrea, you can save the other half of the spaghetti squash by wrapping it in plastic wrap and storing it in the fridge. It’ll stay good for a few days. What I have done in the past is cooked up the entire spaghetti squash and stored the remaining portion in the freezer. To do this, portion the spaghetti squash into smaller containers and when you want to eat it, defrost the squash and then heat it in a skillet with a little olive oil and flavor it with herbs and parmesan cheese. You will find that the squash will be watery when defrosted but by warming it in the skillet, the water will evaporate.

  3. […] go and just hit publish.  It’s a video for the incredibly popular post I wrote last year, “How To Cook Spaghetti Squash”.  It’s been pinned thousands and thousands of times on Pinterest so I think a video tutorial […]

    • Lesa,
      The texture of spaghetti squash will not be as soft as regular pasta. There will always be a slight crunch to the spaghetti squash. You will know that the squash is completely cooked if there is a little “give” to the rind of the squash when you press on it and when the strands pull away from the rind easily. If your squash isn’t completely cooked after 45 minutes, I would recommend leaving the squash in the oven, covered for an additional 10 minutes to cook. Hope this helps.

  4. It’s my first time baking spaghetti squash and I’m so glad you mentioned consistency in a previous comment. I searched everywhere looking for it and no one bothers to mention it. I popped my spaghetti squash back in the oven after realizing it was probably under cooked. Thank you for your comments!!!!

  5. Have you tried baking the squash whole and just poking it like you would a baked potato? I baked my spaghetti squash like that at 350 for about 45-50 min and turning over half way through.
    After I let it rest, I cut it in half then scooped out the seeds and stuff. Then I was able to get almost all of the squash out, down to the skin. And it was still that crunchy, nutty flavor that is spaghetti squash and not over cooked, baby food!

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