How to Cook Spaghetti Squash – Grain and Gluten Free

spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash is a delicious substitute for pasta.  It’s a fun stringy veggie that children and adults all love! I had to have a friend show me how to make it the first time – it’s not the pulp that becomes the ‘spaghetti’ strands like I originally thought, but actually the flesh breaks into little noodle shaped stands after cooking.  Here are step by step instructions.

How to cook spaghetti squash step 1

1.  Cut off the stem end and then slice in half lengthwise.

How to cook spaghetti squash step 22.  Scoop out pulp. You can compost or save the seeds to make roasted squash seeds.

How to cook spaghetti squash step 33.  Place cut side down on a baking dish.  Add 1 cup of filtered water for more even baking (I don’t always do this) and to prevent the edges from browning/drying out.

How to cook spaghetti squash step 4

4.  Bake at 350* for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the squash, it’s done when soft but not squishy.

How to cook spaghetti squash step 5How to cook spaghetti squash step 6

5.  Allow to cool for a few minutes so you don’t get burnt scooping it out.  Scoop out pulp easily with a serving spoon.

Compost the skin.

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6.  Serve topped with meat sauce, with a stir fry on top, or just topped with butter!

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  1. Do you have a stovetop way to cook it? Our oven is broken.

    • christina says:

      I steam squash on a stove top all the time by steaming it. I cut the squash in half and take the pulp out. Then I put it in a pot with the cut side facing up and add enough water but do not cover the squash with the water. Just enough water to come half way up to the sides of the squash. Put a lid on the pot and cook it on low until squash is fork tender. Keep an eye on it to make sure water dose not dry up. If it does just add a little more water to it. I really like to cook it this way it turns out very moist.

  2. It turns out stingier and more noodle-like if you scrape it out with a fork, rather than scoop it out with a spoon.

  3. Yes, a fork works much better. Baked one last night and served with a hearty ground beef tomato sauce. Yum!

  4. On the stove top I think I would put it in a pan with some water and let it steam until it was done. Don’t forget to keep adding water so your pan doesn’t go dry. I have cooked it in the microwave in a covered dish with some water and it came out fine. I usually do that in the summer (I live in the desert, 110 degrees not uncommon in July) in the winter I use the oven…

  5. My kids love this recipe and you can do it in the microwave as well. We serve it with butter and cheese.

  6. how to save, to have for later in week or the following week? Can it be frozen? best way to reheat? thanks

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