There’s a special place in my heart for spaghetti squash. I love all squashes, and my locally available winter squashes like butternut and acorn are great for stuffing or for soups. But spaghetti squash can be used like noodles! After cooking the squash, you use a fork to scrape out the strands of spaghetti, except they’re actually squash strands.
Now I have nothing against pasta, but of course a vegetable, even a starchy squash, will always be healthier, especially over traditional white pasta. Plus the texture is fun and different. It’s just an option. And you don’t need a spiralizer!
There are many ways to cook a spaghetti squash, but I’ll show you the one I now stick with because it’s foolproof.
And I mostly love it served spaghetti and meatball style!
Baked Spaghetti Squash
1 large spaghetti squash
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Using a cleaver, cut the squash lengthwise in half. (My halves aren’t perfectly matched, but I am always concerned for my fingers when I’m wielding a cleaver!)
Remove all of the seeds from inside the squashes. Then place cut-side up in a baking pan. Drizzle with a little olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Cover with foil, and bake for about 1 1/2 hours. If you want the squash to brown a little, remove the foil from the pan and continue baking for about 15 minutes.
Let the squash cool, then scrape at the squash halves with a fork to free up the lovely spaghetti strands. That’s it!
Try spaghetti squash as you would spaghetti, or with a Puttanesca, or underneath grilled chicken and peppers.
Or you can stuff the squash halves!
I prefer spaghetti squash used as noodles. You can stuff other squashes!