With this spaghetti squash 101, you will learn everything there is to know about this incredible squash! What is it, how to clean it, how to cut it, how to cook it and much more!
Here is a new post in my "ingredient complete guides" series. If you like those, you can also read my Complete guide to beetroot or What is Buckwheat Flour or What is Fleur de Sel to find the answers to all your questions about these ingredients.
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💭 What is a spaghetti squash
Spaghetti squash is one of the varieties of winter squash. It is delicious, healthy, and easy to make!
As you can see in the picture above it is a long and large shaped yellow squash, that usually weighs between 2 to 4 pounds. Moreover, you can find it throughout autumn and winter seasons.
👩🏻🍳 How to clean spaghetti squash
To clean it, use a soft brush to scrub it under plain cold running water.
🔪 How to cut spaghetti squash
Although it looks scary, it's actually pretty easy to cut. I recommend using a large and very sharp knife. Santoku knife is my favorite one. (FYI: Santoku is not a brand but the name of the type of knife).
Stand the squash upright and cut it in half, lengthwise. I recommend using both hands to carefully push the knife down the squash.
♨️ How to cook spaghetti squash
Roasting spaghetti squash is my favorite cooking method. This method is, in my opinion, the easiest one and it requires almost no prep time. The benefit of cooking it in the oven is that it gives an incredibly delicious taste with a slight caramel flavor. But the con is that it takes a long time to cook. Well, I don't really care about that, as I can do something else in the meantime. 😉
Preheat oven to 360°F (180°C)
Rinse out the squash under cold water
Cut off the top end and cut the squash in two halves.
Remove the seeds using a spoon (as shown in the picture below).
Place the squash halves cut side down on a baking tray.
Bake for 40 minutes or until squash is tender. To check if the squash is cooked, prick a knife into it through the skin : it should be soft.
The inside is made of tiny strands of squash that look like spaghetti. Well it looks like it but, don't get me wrong, it doesn't taste like it. It has a very mild flavor and it is quite watery, kind of like zucchini.
📋 How to eat it
Once the squash is cooked, using a fork, scrape the flesh, to reveal the spaghetti texture.
Then, you can eat the squash with a dash of extra virgin olive oil and a little bit of salt as a side dish.
Or you can check out my vegetarian stuffed spaghetti squash recipe : it's delicious and tastes like indulging food when it's, in fact, very healthy.