Knowing how to cook Spaghetti squash is important because it’s quite daunting if you’ve never done it. You won’t believe how easy it is with this step-by-step guide, and you’ll be using it in all sorts of recipes.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.
Before we learn how to cook spaghetti squash, let me answer a few questions you might have . . .
What is spaghetti squash?
- It’s simply squash that’s shaped like spaghetti when it’s cooked. Sometimes called Vegetable Spaghetti, you can certainly serve Spaghetti Squash as a gluten-free spaghetti substitute — but, please do not think it’s at all the same thing.
- Spaghetti squash is a winter squash variety that’s in the same family with pumpkins, zucchini, and gourds.
What does it taste like?
- While nothing like a glutenous noodle, its texture is quite lovely — soft with a slight crunch. It has a very subtle nut-like flavor, but it’s fairly bland otherwise.
What goes well with spaghetti squash?
Since its flavor is mild, spaghetti squash can take on a lot of other flavors. I think it’s great with dark leafy greens and meaty and cheesy sauces. It’s typically served warm, but could also offer a lovely, unique crunch to a salad.
Here are a couple of my favorite recipes using spaghetti squash. . .
Spaghetti squash is one of those foods, like a pear cactus or a cherimoya, that’s 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.