How To Prepare Spaghetti Squash

I first came across spaghetti squash while in college at Oregon, when my roommate Zak pulled what I thought was spaghetti noodles in squash out of the microwave.  He explained that it was “spaghetti squash”, and I thought he meant it was a dish called spaghetti squash.  So I asked him how to make it, and he said, “just cut the squash and put it in the microwave or the oven until it’s soft.” 

Huh? 

“And what about the noodles?”

…It literally took about ten minutes for Zak to explain to me that there is a squash with meat that looks like spaghetti [I know, I’m dense sometimes.]  IMG_6957

Yesterday I mentioned that one of my meals over the weekend was spaghetti squash with pasta sauce, and I realized that, had I not gone to school in Oregon, I wouldn’t even know what spaghetti squash was.  So today I’ve decided to do a little tutorial on one of my all-time favorite veggies!

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Spaghetti squash looks and feels just like spaghetti, but has no wheat/dairy/gluten.  It’s super simple to prepare and is full of vitamins and nutrients that you’d miss from spaghetti pasta!  The one downside for us islanders?  It’s expensive here.  I got this 3 lb. organic squash for about $10 the other day.  It was huge and made quite a few servings, but it was also a bit of a splurge.  Personally, I gladly make the splurge every once in a while when I’m actually craving pasta. 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. 

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Place the squash flat-side down onto a baking sheet.  Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown, then flip them over and bake for another 5 minutes or so. 

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Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 

…Now the magic happens!

Using a fork, scrape the meat from the sides of the squash.

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Plate and use as you please!

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[I love how little waste there is!]

You end up with a perfectly delicious and nutritious alternative to pasta that has way fewer calories and doesn’t leave you feeling bloated! 

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I most often eat mine with veggie pasta sauce, but the options are limitless!  With butter + garlic, in “pasta” bakes, with “cheeze” sauce, or even just plain with some herbs!  Smile

Have you heard of spaghetti squash?  What’s your favorite way of preparing it? 

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8 thoughts on “How To Prepare Spaghetti Squash

  1. lovelylici1986 says:

    Great post! I knew what spaghetti squash is and looks like, but never ate it. I didn’t know it had an actual pasta-like quality. I thought it got its name because of the way it looks. Wow! A veggie that can be used as pasta. Must try! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Katie says:

    My family and I loooove spaghetti squash. In the fall/ winter when squash is abundant over here in NY, we tend to buy it often. We treat it just like pasta and cover it in my mom’s marinara sauce. 🙂

  3. Angela says:

    I love spaghetti squash! I always was told to put water in the pan with mine but it never comes out right. I’m trying your way next time!!! Your “sauce” looks delicious too! Yum!
    ~Ang

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