How to Make Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash is a great pasta substitute…especially with kale pesto!

I rarely eat pasta—for some reason, it just doesn’t ever satisfy me. When I eat it, I eat a ton of it—I want more and more until I just have an awful stomach ache. But I love pasta sauces and the whole idea of a pasta dinner. So the day I learned how to make spaghetti squash was a very happy day for me.

There are many ways to do it, but to eat spaghetti squash like pasta, I use one of two methods (depending on how much time I have).

spaghetti squash

I love spaghetti squash!

First, slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seed.

To bake spaghetti squash

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°
  2. Place the spaghetti squash open side down on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the squash is tender (the amount of time will depend on the size of your spaghetti squash).
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, at least until you can hold it without burning your hand.
  5. When it has cooled, take a fork and scrape out the squash. It will come out in strings, just like spaghetti.

To microwave spaghetti squash

  1. Fill a microwave safe baking dish with about ½ inch of water. Place the squash open side down in the dish.
  2. Microwave on high for 7 to 9 minutes, depending on how large the spaghetti squash is. Test it to make sure it’s tender. Cook it for a few more minutes if it’s not.
  3. Let it cool and then follow step 5 above.

Serve with your favorite pasta sauce, like the kale pesto pictured above. Bonus hint: It freezes really well so you can make a lot and pull it out for a quick dinner.

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