Are you looking for a low carb alternative to traditional pasta? Spaghetti squash is a healthy, nutrient dense substitute that is even more versatile then regular pasta.
Cooking spaghetti squash is easy. Here are easy baking instructions and some delicious recipes to add to your weekly meal rotation.
Ingredients & Tools:
Preheat your oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Put the squash in the center of the cutting board and cut it in half lengthwise. Be prepared to put some muscle into it. Cutting through the squash can be tough, so take your time and be careful.
Next, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy parts, much like you would clean out a pumpkin before carving.
Place the halves in a roasting pan cut side down and pour in enough water to cover the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes. The exact timing will depend on the size of your squash. Your squash is fully cooked when you can easily pierce through the flesh, all the way to the peel, with a fork. When the flesh easily separates into spaghetti-like stands, it’s done.
Remove the squash from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes so it’s easier to handle. Scrape the flesh with a fork to pull out the strands. Toss with olive oil or butter and season with salt and pepper. Or use your “spaghetti” in one of the recipes below.
The easiest recipe is to heat a jar of pre-made sauce and serve it over spaghetti squash. Marinara, alfredo, and vodka sauces all taste great. Swap spaghetti squash for the noodles in your favorite pasta dinner.
You can also cook up delicious, healthy, and impressively creative meals with spaghetti squash. Try a few of these:
This versatile veggie is great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert!