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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Updated on March 27, 2011

Spaghetti Squash, also called vegetable pasta, is easy to prepare, and very tasty. It is called spaghetti squash because, after cooking, the squash flesh separates from the skin in long threads that look and feel like spaghetti noodles. In fact, you can substitute spaghetti squash for spaghetti noodles in many dishes.

A great advantage of spaghetti squash is that it only contains 60 calories per serving. Bet you can't say the same for pasta!

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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Preheat your oven to 375º.

Wash the shell of the squash. This will help prevent the spread of germs when handling and cutting the squash. I use a fruit and vegetable cleanser, but you can use a mild dish soap as well. Rinse well, then dry with a towel.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise.

Scrape the seeds out of each half, then place the squash, cut-side down, in a baking pan.

With a fork, pierce the squash shell several times.

Bake for about an hour, until the flesh is tender.

Remove the squash from the oven, and let cool for about 15 minutes.

Use a fork to pull the strands of squash flesh out. Enjoy!

I like to stir in some butter and parmesan cheese.

You can also freeze the cooked squash. Simply store it in airtight freezer bags. You can reheat it or steam it whenever you are ready to use the squash. I often take it from the freezer and put it in the refrigerator in the morning before I leave from work--this will partially defrost the squash. It only takes about five minutes to steam, or microwave with a bit of water.

Did you know you can also eat the squash seeds? Cook them just like pumpkin seeds.

Rinse them well, toss with a bit of oil (only enough to cover them), salt, then bake at 250° for about 20 minutes.

Serve them warm: yummy!


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      7 years ago

      Great recipe! Will definitely give it a try soon.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks SO MUCH for the great information! My husband was sceptical of this culinary experiment, but my very first attempt at spaghetti squash turned out perfect! We BOTH loved the slightly crisp strands which I served with a chicken curry sauce. JUST GREAT!!!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      11 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      yumm you are such a good cook...:O) G-Ma Johnson


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