If you want to cook spaghetti squash but don’t know exactly how or cutting it is too difficult, check out this post and the helpful video right below.
I love substituting cooked spaghetti squash for traditional pasta to keep some of my meals lower carb. Kids love it too but cooked the right way.
Whether it’s in the microwave, baked, steamed or cooked in the slow-cooker, this veggie is rich in folic acid, potassium, and vitamin A! When cooked, the flesh comes out in strands that resemble angel hair pasta with a mild taste. Making it perfect for pairing with rich sauces like this Crockpot Tomato Sauce or Easy Alfredo Sauce.
With only 40 calories and 10 grams of carbs per cup cooked this vegetable is the perfect low-carb and gluten-free substitute to family-favorite recipes that typically use pasta, like shrimp scampi, spaghetti meatballs, or my personal favorite, Garlic Butter Chicken and Spaghetti Squash.
If you need a gluten-free substitute for pasta or a lower carb option, spaghetti squash is it! Many of our members use it to substitute pasta in our Classic Meal Plan, and it makes an appearance or two in the Grain-Free Meal Plan and in the Family Kickstart Program.
So before you start using this wonder vegetable let’s go over the best methods for cooking: the oven, microwave, or slow cooker.
1.) How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Oven.
Preheat your oven to 400F. Grease a baking dish with oil or cooking spray. On a flat surface, carefully slices the spaghetti squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape the seeds out and discard. Pierce, the skin of the squash with a sharp knife 6 to 7 times, to ensure even cooking. Drizzle olive oil onto the flesh of each squash half, season with salt and pepper. Place each half flesh-side down into the baking dish and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until the flesh is tender, and easily pulls apart into spaghetti-like strands with a fork.
2.) How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave.
On a flat surface, carefully slices the spaghetti squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape the seeds out and discard. Place one half of the squash into a microwaveable dish that is a few inches deep. Fill the cavity of the squash with water and place the other half on top, matching the sliced seams of the squash. Microwave for 10 minutes, or until the skin is soft. Let cool before shredding the squash with a fork.
3.) How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Slow Cooker.
On a flat surface, carefully slices the spaghetti squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape the seeds out and discard. Pierce, the skin of the squash with a sharp knife 6 to 7 times, to ensure even cooking. Place the squash halves, cavity side down in the slow cooker. Pour 2 cups water into the slow cooker dish and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.
So now you can enjoy all your favorite pasta recipes and feel good about it!