Spaghetti squash is a delicious squash that you can serve with pasta sauce, just as you would serve on spaghetti. It’s a very good alternative to spaghetti, especially if you are watching your carbs. You can also serve spaghetti plain or with butter or with any other topping that you like to put on squash.
There are many ways to cook spaghetti squash. You can bake it, boil it, or microwave it. You can cook it whole or cut up. If you cook it cut, it will cook faster, but cutting it can take some muscles. Cooking it whole is the easier method, but it take longer to cook. Either way you go, make sure you wash the entire skin of the squash well before cutting it or cooking it.
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If you choose to cut the squash, and you want to bake it, just cut it in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds just as you would a pumpkin. Then place the two halves on a lightly greased cookie sheet rind side up. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. When done, you can just turn over the squash halves then pull out the strands of squash with tongs.
If you want to microwave the pieces, but into quarters and cook two quarters at a time for about 6 minutes on high power. To boil, cut into any size pieces you want and boil for about 20 minutes.
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If you want to cook the spaghetti squash whole, pierce the squash several times with a sharp knife. Then place the squash on a baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees for about an hour. You can test to see if it’s done by sticking a knife into the squash. The knife should slide in fairly easily. When done, remove from the oven and let it cool down for about 10 minutes. The cut it lengthwise. You will need oven mitts so you do not burn yourself. Then scrape out the seeds and serve.
If you want to microwave a whole spaghetti squash, you must first make sure it fits in your microwave. Then generously pierce the squash with a knife and microwave on high for about 12 to 15 minutes. Then let the squash stand in the microwave for about 10 minutes after the microwave goes off. Cut lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
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You can boil the squash whole if you like, but you will need a pot big enough to cover the squash with water. Boil for about 1 hour then cut as mentioned above.
If your whole squash fits into your crockpot, you can put it in the crockpot with one cup of water and cook it on low for 8 hours. You can also cook it cut in half or in pieces in the crockpot, but it will cook faster depending on the size pieces. Start checking to see if it’s done in 4 hours for small pieces, or 6 hours for halves.