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What Is Spaghetti Squash Used For?
When cooked, spaghetti squash takes on the appearance of a thin noodle like angel hair pasta, hence the name. Thanks to that unique texture, spaghetti squash is often used as a low-carb alternative to actual noodles, whether paired with a pat of butter and garlic, or a rich tomato sauce. For a sweeter preparation with a kick, try it with hot honey.
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Oven
To roast spaghetti squash in the oven, preheat to 400℉. With a chef’s knife, slice squash lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place squash cut-side down on a baking sheet. Cook spaghetti squash for 30-45 minutes, until both squash halves are tender when pierced with a knife. Cool, then scrape the inside of the squash with a fork to separate the flesh into long, spaghetti-like strands. Season with salt and black pepper, and top with Parmesan cheese (optional).
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Crock-Pot
Instant Pots or Crock-Pots cook spaghetti squash faster than actual spaghetti. Simply slice the squash lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Place a steamer basket or a trivet into the bottom of the pot, and add 1 cup of water. Set for 7 minutes on high-pressure. Remove and let cool. Use a fork to scrape out the insides, and season to taste.
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Microwave
Slice squash lengthwise, and remove seeds. Place squash cut-side down in a microwave-safe baking dish, add a splash of water, and cook for about 12 minutes, or until you can easily poke holes with a fork. Total times may vary depending on the size of the squash and your microwave, so keep an eye on it every few minutes!