I cook a lot with spaghetti squash and I’m often asked HOW to cook spaghetti squash so I’ve put together a quick tutorial to show you how easy it is to cook spaghetti squash. The second most asked question is what to do with the spaghetti squash after it’s cooked. There are lots of options once the spaghetti squash is cooked, but the easiest way to serve it is to treat it just like spaghetti noodles and toss with marinara sauce. I’ll share lots of other ways to serve spaghetti squash after I show you how to cook it.
Easy Way To Cook Spaghetti Squash & Ideas To Serve It
To cook spaghetti squash, first, you start by cutting it in half lengthwise. I also prefer to wash off the outside of the squash just in case it has dirt on it that could transfer inside when cutting.
Next, you will scoop out all the seeds. I use a melon baller to easily remove seeds from the squash. Some say they can be roasted like pumpkin seeds, but I have never tried them. I usually just add these to our compost bin.
Place the squash cut side down on a baking pan. You can drizzle lightly with olive oil if you wish. Whe you cook spaghetti squash, you usually add flavor in sauces or other ingredients, so it isn’t too important to season at this point.
Cook in a 350-degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until done. Insert a fork into the squash to check for tenderness.
The squash may be a little brown on the edges. That is completely fine.
Using a fork, scrape the squash away from the shell. It will shred easily into “noodle” like pieces. You can leave them in the squash for now, or scrape into a bowl. That depends on what you will be using the spaghetti squash for once it is cooked.
The squash will look like short “noodles”.
A medium squash will easily feed a family of 3 or 4, depending on how hungry your crew is.
See, didn’t I tell you it was easy? Now that you now how to cook spaghetti squash, here’s some fun ways to serve it:
Spaghetti Squash Pizza Recipe
1 Spaghetti squash, cooked
8 ounces freshly shreddedÂ parmesanÂ cheese
Pizza toppings of choice
Combine spaghetti squash with eggs & cheese. Mix thoroughly and press mixture into a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until crust is thoroughly cooked and slightly crisp. Top with favorite pizza toppings and bake until cheese is melted and toppings are heated through. Remove from oven. Let slightly cool, serve warm.
I found four other delicious ways to serve Spaghetti Squash. Click on the photo or link to go directly to the original blog post (recipes and images belong to the respective owners).
Knowing how to cook spaghetti squash opens you up to a world of possibilities in the kitchen. From creating delicious gluten-free dishes like shown above, to simply seasoning with olive oil or butter and some Italian spices, you can serve up this healthy vegetable with any meal.
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Instead of taking time baking/cooking it in the oven, you can do same in microwave much faster and cleaner. Cut side down.
I’ve never tried freezing it, but I think you might be able to cook it and then freeze it. I would bake it, clean out the shells and freeze the excess. Let me know how it works for you. I really need to give this a try.
I’m new to spaghetti squash – I’ve never eaten it. But my husband says he likes it, so I’m going to try it! Question – can the cooked squash halves be frozen? or would I clean out the shells and freeze it? or can’t it be frozen at all? Any advice you share will be greatly appreciated.
You’re welcome. It is really good in so many recipes.
Great info! I just made spaghetti squash and served it up as regular spaghetti. My two year old didn’t even notice. It was delicious! Couldn’t believe I actually enjoyed it too. This will make our lives so much healthier. xx Thanks for the recipes!