How to Cook a Spaghetti Squash: A Photographic Guide

Spaghetti Squash is a fascinating, delicious and versatile winter vegetable.  It may seem daunting to prepare, but after reading this step-by-step guide, you’ll see how easy it is.How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!Put away your Spiralizer, my friends!  This variety of winter squash is naturally spiralized — when it’s cooked, the flesh loosens and  has a texture and appearance like that of spaghetti.

While you can certainly serve Spaghetti Squash as a gluten-free spaghetti substitute, do not think it’s actually at all the same thing.  It’s simply squash that’s shaped like spaghetti.  And that’s what it tastes like – squash!  While nothing like a glutenous noodle, its texture is quite lovely — soft with a slight crunch.  It’s on the bland side, making it ideal for talking on big flavors.  I just love it with a hearty sauce and in fact, later this week, I’m sharing my recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Sun-Dried Tomato Spinach Pesto. (Stay tuned!)

I think this is one of those foods, much like a pear cactus or a cherimoya, that would be very daunting to deal with if you haven’t ever eaten one, or cooked one before.  Which is of course why I put together this easy-to-follow photographic guide.  And as it turns out, it’s super easy!

Off we go . . .

These directions are for an approximately 3-pound squash.

Step 1:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and adjust a rack to the center. How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!Step 2:  Cut about an inch off of the stem end of the squash. How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!Step 3:  Place the squash on the base you’ve just made and use a large Chef’s knife to slice down the center, vertically.How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!Step 4: Use a metal spoon to gently scrape out the seeds from both halves.  How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!Do not worry about the stringy insides left from the seeds.How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!Step 5:  Drizzle a bit of olive oil on a baking sheet and place both halves of the squash on top, round side up.How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!Step 6:  Roast in the preheated 400 degree F oven until they’re very soft, about 40 minutes.  Use kitchen tongs to carefully turn the squash over to let them cool for a few minutes. How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!Step 7:  Use a fork to very gently pull the flesh away from the skin.  It will naturally come off in strings. How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!The Spaghetti Squash is now ready to eat or to use in recipes. How to Cook Spaghetti Squash -- It's so easy!How cool is that!?

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    • valentina says

      Thank you, Deb. I too LOVE winter squash and it has finally cooled down in Los Angeles, so it’s hitting the spot. Enjoy!

  1. says

    Hi Valentina! I have always cut my spaghetti squash at the equator, then (when cooked) used a fork in swirling motions to get out the threads. It reminds me of pulling cotton candy! Can’t wait to see what you are going to serve on it! xo

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