Spaghetti Squash 101

There are times when I’m prepping for a meal that it occurs to me, I have no idea how to actually make that meal. I know it’s not hard, but I don’t know the actual steps to take to cook it. For example, what temperature should chicken be when it’s fully cooked? The answer: between 160-180 degrees F. I’m never questioning anything complex, just something I’ve never done before and while it may be common sense to someone else, I still need to look it up.  

But if I have questions, someone else out there must as well! So I’m here to help the poor souls like myself who are just fumbling around the kitchen and learning as they go!   

Spaghetti Squash (1)

Spaghetti Squash is a new discovery in my life and I’m a fan. However, I had no idea how to cook a spaghetti squash. I had a list of different ways I wanted to serve and devour it, but no concept on how to cook the actual spaghetti squash.  

Here’s how you do it:  

 

 Step 1: 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F 

Step 2: 

Cut the spaghetti squash in half 

Step 3: 

Scoop out the seeds and the gunk inside.  

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Step 4: 

Coat the inside and the part that will be touching the baking sheet with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper,  then place each half face down on the baking sheet 

Step 5: 

Bake for 45 minutes

Step 6:  

Remove from the oven and use a fork to scrape out the inside of the squash. This is where the name comes in because the squash tears apart in strings like spaghetti. BEWARE- THE SQUASH WILL BE SUPER HOT! I usually wear oven mits and hold the squash with that mitted hand while scraping with the other.  

 

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Step 7: 

Serve immediately with your choice of topping! 

See? It’s so easy, but something I had NO idea how to do prior to researching and actually making myself! Top with spaghetti sauce or parmesan for a delicious meal!  

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  • http://kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com/ Jen

    I have never ever worked with spaghetti squash, I have no idea why it intimidates me so much. I might have to try it sometime.

  • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

    I LOVE spaghetti squash. I normally cut it in half length wise, sprinkle with olive oil and other herbs then bake. I’ve found that letting it cool for 10-15 minute helps everything come out easier. My favorite lately is baking with olive oil & rosemary and then putting pesto sauce on it.

  • http://www.pagesandpepper.com Christine of Pages and Pepper

    This is so helpful! My spaghetti squash never come out right so I can’t wait to try this.