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Tips for Spaghetti Squash

Hi Lauren,
I love reading your blog. You write about spaghetti squash often and I have been dying to try it but I have no idea where to begin. How do I cook it? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!  —TM Lawrence, NY

Hey T!

Thanks so much for writing in and for your sweet words about my blog! I appreciate it.

Spaghetti squash is one of my favorites. It looks super intimidating but once you know the secrets to cutting through the hard exterior and how to cook it you will see there is no reason to be daunted by this vegetable that is an awesome substitute for pasta. I am so happy you want to try it.

There are many ways to cook spaghetti squash. You can cook it whole — but that will take a lot of time — or you can cook it in halves or quarters. I cook my spaghetti squash in halves.

My secret is to cook the spaghetti squash for a few minutes in the microwave softening its exterior, making it easier to cut through. To do this just put the whole squash in the microwave and heat it for about 10 minutes. When the 10 minutes are up, remove the squash from the microwave — be careful, it will be very hot — and let it sit for a few minutes on your counter top. Once the squash has cooled and can be handled, take a large and sharp serrated knife, like the kind you would cut a watermelon with, and cut the squash down the center lengthwise. You will have two halves and reveal the center with the seeds.

With a spoon remove the seeds and discard them.

To cook the spaghetti squash you can either:

BAKE it in the oven set to 375°F with the flesh side down on a baking sheet for about 40 minutes.

MICROWAVE it in a microwave safe dish or bowl, flesh side down, in an inch of water for about 10-15 minutes.

When the squash has cooled, run a fork lengthwise down the flesh to separate the strands. Place the strands in a bowl and there you go, you are ready to use your spaghetti squash in your favorite recipe.

Spaghetti squash is a little bland without the proper seasoning. But it doesn’t take much. My favorite is to substitute it for pasta and topping it with my recipe “Best Bolognese.”

Thanks for the question! I am sure a lot of people have been wondering the same thing.

With love and laughter,


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