Spaghetti Squash Recipe: How to Cook It in the Best Way


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If you are looking for a healthy and delicious way to enjoy squash, look no further than this spaghetti squash recipe. Spaghetti squash is a type of winter squash that has a mild flavor and can be substituted for pasta in many recipes. This particular recipe is easy to follow and results in perfect squash noodles every time.

Ingredients:

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  • 1 large squash
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, as needed

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise, being careful not to cut through the stem side. If you are having trouble cutting through the squash, use a sturdy knife or kitchen shears instead of a jigsaw or box cutter.
  3. Place squash halves with the open side up on baking sheets lined with aluminum foil, parchment paper, or Silpat cooking mats. Sprinkle each squash half with about one tablespoon of butter and season to taste with salt and pepper if desired. Bake for 45 minutes or until flesh is fork-tender and strands easily separate from the skin when pulled with a fork. The squash will begin to brown slightly as it cooks and becomes tender and strands may begin to fall off.
  4. Allow squash to cool for about five minutes before handling, then use a fork to gently scrape out strands of squash from the peel. Separate squash into long strands and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired and serve immediately.

If you are looking for other ways to enjoy squash, try this yellow squash recipe or this butternut squash pasta sauce recipe. Both recipes use easy-to-grow squash varieties that can be grown in your garden or purchased at most grocery stores throughout the country.

FAQs

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Q: What does spaghetti squash go well with?

A: This squash is best enjoyed with Parmesan cheese, marinara sauce, or olive oil.

Q: How long do squash noodles last?

A: Spaghetti squash will last for three to five days in the refrigerator if left uneaten. If you are using leftover squash to make this recipe again or another squash dish, squash will last for three to four days.

Q: How long does squash take to cook?

A: Spaghetti squash can be baked in the oven or microwaved depending on your preference and cooking time varies based on the size of the squash. For squash that is baked in the oven, allow 45 minutes for squash halves with one tablespoon of butter and salt and pepper to taste. For squash that is microwaved, squash will take a maximum of eight minutes.

Q: What kind of squash do you use for spaghetti?

A: This squash recipe is best when made with spaghetti squash, but other types of squash can be substituted.

Q: Is spaghetti squash a good substitute for pasta?

A: Spaghetti squash is an amazing substitute for pasta because it tastes just like the noodles you find in Italian spaghetti dishes, but squash has fewer carbs and more nutrients than traditional noodles.

Q: Can you use regular squash for spaghetti squash?

A: Most squash varieties other than spaghetti squash can be used to make squash noodles, but traditional spaghetti squash noodles are best.

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