How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Question:

How to cook spaghetti squash? What is spaghetti squash?

Answer:

There are a few different ways to cook spaghetti squash, but boiling is the most popular. Details are given below for four different ways to a cook spaghetti squash.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

What Is Spaghetti Squash?

Before learning how to cook spaghetti squash, you may wonder what it is. Spaghetti Squash is a type of winter squash that looks like a squash on the outside, but has thin strands on the inside which look like spaghetti. For spaghetti squash, the larger the squash the better the flavor.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Below are 4 different ways to cook spaghetti squash.

Boil:

  • 1) Heat a large pot of water (big enough to hold the whole squash) to boiling.
  • 2) Carefully drop in the squash into the boiling water and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on its size.
  • 3) Check if the squash is done by testing if fork slides easily into the flesh.
  • 4)Remove the spaghetti squash from the water and carefully cut it in half. Then pull a fork lengthwise through the center of each half to separate the squash into long strands.
  • Bake:

  • 1) Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • 2) Place the whole squash into a baking dish and then carefully pierce the skin several times with a large fork.
  • 3) Place in the oven for approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours until a fork slides easily into the flesh.
  • 4) Carefully cut the squash in half and then pull a fork lengthwise through the center of each half to separate the squash into long strands.
  • Microwave:

  • 1) Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  • 2) Place the squash with cut sides up into a microwaveable dish and add 1/4 cup of water.
  • 3) Cover with a microwaveable lid and cook on high for 10 to 12 minutes, again depending on the size of the squash.
  • 4) Let stand covered for 5 minutes.
  • 5) Using a fork, comb out the strands from the rind by running the fork through the center of each half.
  • Crock Pot:

  • 1) Choose a smaller spaghetti squash, unless you have an extra large slow cooker.
  • 2) Pierce the skin of the spaghetti squash several times with a large fork and then place in the crock pot and cover with 2 Cups of Water.
  • 3)Cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.
  • 4) Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, let it cool for 10 to 20 minutes before cutting in half and removing the seeds. Pull a fork lengthwise through the center to separate it into long strands.
  • More on Spaghetti Squash

    How To Store Spaghetti Squash After Cooking

    An uncooked spaghetti squash can be stored at room temperature. After cutting, wrap in plastic wrap or an airtight container and refrigerate. Once you’ve cooked your spaghetti squash, it freezes well for a long term option. Pack cooked squash into freezer safe bags or containers then seal, label and freeze. Partially thaw before re-using, then steam until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes.

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