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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is my favorite alternative to traditional pasta.SONY DSC

The noodle-like strands pair perfectly with your favorite pasta sauce, while being naturally gluten-free! Loaded with range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate and manganese, it’s not only delicious, but also a nutritious addition to your meal rotation.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Preheat your oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.SONY DSC

Wash off the outer shell of the squash, and cut it in half, lengthwise. (This is the hardest part– be careful!)
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Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds.

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Place the squash halves cut-side-down on the lined baking sheet, then roast in the oven for 30-45 minutes at 400F, depending on the size of your squash.SONY DSC

(When the spaghetti squash is ready, the skin should be easily pierced with a fork.)SONY DSC

Using a fork, scrape it along the flesh to reveal the noodle-like strands and serve immediately!

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash
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Serves: 2-4
 
The noodle-like strands of cooked spaghetti squash pair perfectly with your favorite pasta sauce, while being naturally gluten-free! Loaded with range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, folate and manganese, it's not only delicious, but also a nutritious addition to your meal rotation.
Ingredients
  • One spaghetti squash
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Wash off the outer shell of the squash, and cut it in half, lengthwise. (This is the hardest part-- be careful!)
  3. Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds, then place the squash halves cut-side-down on the lined baking sheet.
  4. Roast in the oven for 30-45 minutes at 400F, depending on the size of your squash.
  5. When the spaghetti squash is ready, the skin should be easily pierced with a fork.
  6. Using a fork, scrape it along the flesh to reveal the noodle-like strands and serve immediately!

The following sauces pair perfectly with spaghetti squash noodles:

Creamy Pumpkin & Sage Sauce

Avocado Pesto Sauce

Vegan Cheese Sauce

Veggie Chow Mein

Oil-Free Walnut Pesto

Creamy Red Pepper Sauce

Enjoy!

14 comments to How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

  • I WANT to like spaghetti squash. I really do. But I’ve tried it a few times, and it just tastes like string to me, even with my favorite marinara sauce. ::sadface:: Any tricks to making it so-good-you-can’t-not-like-it?

    • I think the key for me is NOT using marinara sauce!

      I’ve tried spaghetti squash with marinara, and it grossed me out– probably because it doesn’t taste like traditional pasta. It’s slightly sweet and earthy, so the addition of a sweet marinara is just too much.

      I prefer taking a more savory approach– like a pinch of salt, nutritional yeast, or a pesto sauce– to balance out that sweetness. I liked the way the nutritional yeast + salt combo today kinda dried out the noodles a bit, too!

      Hope you find a version that you enjoy! :D

  • Yay! I’m so glad you had nutritional yeast success! I don’t use a whole lot of it either (probably because I’m not big on the taste of cheese to begin with so I don’t really feel the need for a substitute), but I love how, like you’ve shown, you don’t need that many ingredients to make an awesome spaghetti squash dish!

  • I keep forgetting about spaghetti squash and I love it so much! Thanks for the reminder AND for making it “cheesy” :)

  • Jamie

    Hey Megan,
    I’m a member of the detox the world community and I’m in love with the recipes you post! It’s nice to have a place I can read the recipes and not have to think of a bunch of modifications to make it more detox friendly. I had this exact meal tonight minus the butter and I like to add a little pepper to my squash. Thanks for all the yummy inspiration!
    Jamie

  • Thanks for the food tip on Spaghetti Squash. I will be trying the oregano and nutritional yeast.

  • Brandy

    Looks and sounds delicious. Tried your quinoa pilaf last night and really liked it. I’m thinking spaghetti squash is definitely on my menu for next week. My favorite thing to make on a rainy day in the fall is definitely soup! It’s nearly potato leek season for me!

  • KellyBelly

    Hi
    This recipe is so easy yet so yummy. I even baked the squash in the crock pot. I need to run to the farmers market and buy up all the spagetti squash that are left!

  • Mia

    What else can I use besides spaghetti squash? I live in Australia and I’ve only seen Japanese pumpkins and the longer pumpkin that’s orange.

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