Simple methods for cooking spaghetti squash

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year — the change in weather, Thanksgiving, pumpkin-flavored everything … and spaghetti squash! I discovered this little ol’ vegetable a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. I only wish I’d tried it sooner! It’s also pretty cheap, too. I purchased a small one at my local grocery store for $1.29 per pound! And trust me, you’re likely to have leftovers no matter the size.

Not only is spaghetti squash budget-friendly, but it’s easy to cook, super tasty and offers a new spin on an Italian classic. There are variety of ways to cook and cut it, too. Below are my go-to methods.

 
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Oven method

Roasting it in the oven is the best way to go. While it is more time consuming than using the microwave, the squash will come out more flavorful.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

  2. Rinse your spaghetti squash clean

  3. Cut the squash in half, right through the middle. You can cut it stem to end, but that requires more cutting and the strands will be much shorter. If you cut right through the middle, the strands will be longer and more spaghetti-like.

  4. Scoop out all the seeds (and save them for roasting if you’d like!)

  5. Lightly brush the inside of the squash with a little olive or avocado oil and top with salt

  6. Place the squash halves cut-side down on a baking sheet

  7. Roast in the oven for 40-50 minutes, depending on the size of your squash

  8. Take the squash out of oven and let cool for a few minutes

  9. Fork out the strands of squash onto your plate and serve with your favorite topping(s)

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Microwave method

If you’re short on time, the microwave-method is your best bet.

  1. Rinse your spaghetti squash clean

  2. Cut the squash in half, right through the middle. You can cut it stem to end, but that requires more cutting and the strands will be much shorter. If you cut right through the middle, the strands will be longer and more spaghetti-like.

  3. Scoop out all the seeds (and save them for roasting if you’d like!)

  4. Lightly brush the inside of the squash with a little olive or avocado oil and top with salt

  5. Place the squash halves cut-side down in a baking dish

  6. Fill the dish with about an inch of water

  7. Place in the microwave and cook for 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of your squash

  8. Take the squash out of the microwave and let cool for a few minutes

  9. Fork out the strands of squash onto your plate and serve with your favorite topping(s)

Treat the squash like you would any old spaghetti noodles. I tend to pair mine with Alfredo or butternut squash sauce, a little salt and some Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Blend — so good. I hope you all love spaghetti squash as much as I do!

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