I noticed that there are quite a few different ways that people suggest cooking spaghetti squash.
Here are the suggested methods:
I have a strong preference for one method. My preferred method reduces the amount of moisture in the squash and yields golden, caramelized edges that add extra flavor.
Here’s my trick: Cut the spaghetti squash in half from the stem end to the base, rub the inside lightly with olive oil, and roast it cut-side down on a baking sheet. There’s a little more to it (see the recipe below), but that’s the gist.
Easy, right? No fuss, no mush, just tender and delicious spaghetti squash! This way, the moisture pools on the pan instead of collecting inside the spaghetti squash, and you end up with a perfect built-in bowl that you can load up with toppings.
Spaghetti squash has thick walls, which can be difficult to cut through. You’ll need a sharp chef’s knife and a good cutting board that won’t slip. Pro tip: You can rest your cutting board on a wrung-out paper towel or kitchen towel to prevent it from moving around.
The trick is to create a flat surface so you can slice through the squash safely. Here’s how I do it
If at any point you are uncomfortable with this technique, stop and ask someone for help. Safety first!
Spaghetti squash is a nutritious winter vegetable that offers lots of fiber, beta-carotene, folate, and more. It offers a really fun, spaghetti-like texture and built-in bowl shape.
Spaghetti squash is a good stand-in for pasta, and also plays nicely with a variety of other flavors. It goes particularly well with these ingredients:
How do like your squash? Please let me know in the comments!