How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

by katerina on January 14, 2011

Cooking Spaghetti Squash

Cooking spaghetti squash is extremely easy, and once cooked it is a delicious vegetable which can be used in many different ways.  You can create wonderful side dishes based around spaghetti squash like fritters, casseroles or simple warm salads. My favorite recipe is for spaghetti squash gratin.

Spaghetti Squash Half

Of course, a very common way to use spaghetti squash is to use it as a substitue for grains in low glycemic or low carb diets. You can make it part of your main course by serving lightly dressed spaghetti squash underneath an Indian dahl, a ragu recipe or a warm and hearty beef stew.

[print_this]Two Easy Ways to Cook Spaghetti Squash:

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash Whole:
Preheat your oven to 400F. Wash the squash. Pierce the spaghetti squash all over with a fork or paring knife. Put the squash on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, turn it over and continue baking until it is quite tender. Depending on size this will take somewhere between 60-90 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Cut the squash in half lengthwise carefully. Remove the seeds with a spoon being careful not to discard too much of the flesh.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash In Two Pieces:

Preheat your oven to 400F. Wash the squash. Cut the squash in half lengthwise being very careful not to cut yourself. Use a spoon to remove the seeds from the squash and discard them. Place the squash cut side down in a baking tray and cover with 1cm of water. Bake for 40 minutes and then start checking every 10 minutes for tenderness, even the skin should be quite tender. Be careful when you open the oven as the steam will be hot. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before removing from the tray. [/print_this]

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