I discovered a method of preparing spaghetti squash that takes less time and mess than preparing ACTUAL spaghetti noodles. If it’s the inconvenience of preparation that is stopping you from eating this healthy vegetable, then you no longer have an excuse. This is (by far) the easiest way to prepare spaghetti squash.
Stick the squash in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the squash is slightly warm to the touch.
Using a large knife, slice the spaghetti squash in half width-wise. (It should be fairly easy to slice due to the microwaving.)
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
Place the squash cut-side-down on the foil.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and set it for 375 degrees. (No need to preheat before putting the squash in the oven.)
Set your timer for 75 minutes (or 1 hour and 15 minutes). If the squash is smaller than the one I used, set your timer for 1 hour.
Pull the squash out of the oven after the time is up. The tops should be nice and brown and crusty, and they should pierce easily with a fork.
You can let the squash sit for awhile so you don’t burn your hands while getting the seeds out, or you can de-seed it now wearing an oven mitt on the hand holding the squash. Simply use a spoon and gently scrape the seeds out onto the aluminum foil or straight into the garbage. Don’t be afraid of the browned areas, they have the most delicious roasted flavor!
* Note: You can also scrape the seeds out after slicing the squash and before baking. It’s easy to do, but not AS easy as waiting till the squash is soft.
Pile on a plate with some butter, salt and pepper and enjoy! Or stay tuned for my favorite spaghetti squash recipe.
This method of preparation can be used to for other winter squash as well! I have used it for butternut and acorn squash and it never fails. The only way you can really go wrong is by undercooking it. Crunchy squash is not the best. It’s very, VERY difficult to overbake squash because it tastes so good when it’s well-done.
Sometimes it can be hard to incorporate foods like this because they take a little bit of preparation. I like to bake the squash in the afternoon, then when it’s time for dinner, all I have to do is scrape the seeds and put the squash “noodles” on a plate. Spaghetti squash goes great with spaghetti sauce and stir fries.
Let me know in the comments if this method worked for you! What are you favorite ways to prepare and eat spaghetti squash?