Spaghetti Squash

Source: Food Hero

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Servings per recipe: 8

Spaghetti squash is a delicious & nutritious substitute for pasta noodles. Try it with your favorite pasta sauce!

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Ingredients

1 Spaghetti squash

Toppings of your choosing.

Materials

Sharp knife and cutting board, baking dish if spaghetti squash is cooked in the oven, or microwave-safe dish if it is cooked in the microwave

Instructions

  1. Wash the skin and cut squash in half lengthwise, crosswise or in 1-inch rings. If squash is too tough to cut, microwave or bake for a few minutes until squash is warm to the touch and soft enough to cut.
  2. Remove seeds and stringy fibers with a spoon.
  3. Cook squash. The squash flesh should be easily pierced by a fork when done.

Microwave (shortest cooking time). Place squash cut side down on a microwave-safe dish with 1 to 2 tablespoons water. Cook on HIGH for about 12 minutes for a medium sized squash.

Time will vary depending on size of squash and power of the microwave. Squash is done when the shell can be pierced with a fork and the .flesh separates into strands.

Bake in the oven. Choose a baking temperature between 350 to 425 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil for easier clean up.
- For a “roasted” flavor, rub cut edges with a little vegetable oil (optional), place cut side down in the pan and bake uncovered.
- For a “steamed” texture, add ½ cup water to the pan and cover with foil.

- Check for doneness after about 40 minutes. Larger squash and lower oven temperatures may take longer to cook. Squash is done when the shell can be pierced with a fork and the flesh separates into strands.

4. Let sit for 10 minutes or until squash is cool enough to handle. Use a fork to gently scrape the inside of the squash to make spaghetti-like strand.

5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Season the squash with a little salt and pepper or try nutmeg, onion or garlic powder.
  • Top with your favorite pasta sauce, such as tomato sauce or pesto.
  • Add sautéed mushrooms, onions or other veggies.
  • Add a sprinkling of cheese.
  • Include beans, tofu, cooked chicken, or cooked meat to make a one dish meal.

Watch how easy it is to cook spaghetti squash!