Spaghetti squash

How to cook spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash is a vibrant and fun vegetable that makes a great low calorie alternate to pasta and packs an impressive nutrient profile. It is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6, and rich in antioxidants.

Its size can be intimidating but spaghetti squash is really easy to cook. The best method is roasting in the oven. Two methods are possible. One is to cut it lengthwise, the other to cut it in rings.

I have come to prefer the ring method personally, as large spaghetti squash can be hard to cut through. I am proud of my really good knives, but I have struggled once or twice to get through the squash lengthwise. Also, cutting in rings results in longer “spaghetti” strands, which is fun.

Spaghetti squash rings

Heat your oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Position your squash firmly on a non-slip cutting board. Cut off the end with the stem and discard. Starting from that end, cut 1″ thick slices. Once you see the seeds appearing, you can start scooping them out with a spoon.

Place the rings on your baking sheet. Brush each side with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Spaghetti squash ring

After about 20 minutes, flip the rings over and return to the oven.

Spaghetti squash ring

Bake another 15 minutes (for a total time of 35 minutes).

Spaghetti squash ring

Take out of the oven and let the rings cool on the baking sheet. Once cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the strands into a bowl.

Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash cooked this way is good enough to eat as it, but you can also finish it off with your choice of seasonings. Garlic, parmesan, parsley, pesto or marinara sauce are all nice additions.

Spaghetti squash halves

The only difference here is the cutting method. To get started, cut the squash in half lengthwise. Younger and smaller squashes are easier to cut through. If you have difficulty, you can place your squash in the microwave for a couple of minutes to soften up the skin.

Once cut, scoop out the seeds. Pierce the skin with a fork.

Spaghetti squash halves

Brush the inside with EVOO salt and pepper.

Spaghetti squash halves

Bake, cut side down at 400F face down on a parchment lined baking sheet for 30 to 35 minutes. Let it cool down then scrape the strands with a fork.

Spaghetti squash halves

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How to cook spaghetti squash

The best way to cook spaghetti squash! A vibrant and fun vegetable that makes a great low calorie and nutritious alternate to pasta.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spaghetti squash, squash
Servings: 8
Author: Veronique Eichler

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Position your squash firmly on a non-slip cutting board. Cut off the end with the stem and discard.
  • Starting from that end, cut 1" thick slices. Once you see the seeds appearing, you can start scooping them out with a spoon.
  • Place the rings on your baking sheet. Brush each side with a bit of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
    Spaghetti squash ring
  • After about 20 minutes, flip the rings over and return to the oven.
    Spaghetti squash ring
  • Bake another 15 minutes (for a total time of 35 minutes).
    Spaghetti squash ring
  • Take out of the oven and let the rings cool on the baking sheet. Once cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the strands into a bowl.
    Spaghetti squash
  • Eat as is, or finish off with your choice of seasonings: garlic, Parmesan, parsley, pesto, marinara sauce…

Notes

As an option, cut the squash in half lengthwise. If you have difficulty, you can place your squash in the microwave for a couple of minutes to soften up the skin. Scoop out the seeds. Pierce the skin with a fork. Brush the inside with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Bake, cut side down at 400F face down on a parchment lined baking sheet for 30 to 35 minutes

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to cook spaghetti squash
Amount per Serving
Calories
69
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Sodium
 
93
mg
4
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
8
g
3
%
Dietary Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Total Sugars
 
3
g
3
%
Includes Added Sugar
 
0
g
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
145
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
28
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
131
mg
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Amazing flavor!

  2. 5 stars
    Healthy and delicious !

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