Wondering what the best way to cook spaghetti squash is? There are tons of different ways to do it, but here’s what I have found works well for me. Cook perfect spaghetti squash every time with this recipe.
When my husband and I started the GAPS diet, we had to learn how to cook foods we had never had before. Spaghetti squash is one of them.
Spaghetti squash has a unique noodle-like texture, which makes eating grain free just a little bit easier. It also has a very neutral flavor, unlike other squashes, which often have a very distinct overpowering taste. Spaghetti squash can satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!
The Best way to Cook Spaghetti Squash
As we discovered our love of spaghetti squash, we began experimenting with different ways of cooking it. We wanted to find a way to get the same results every time; soft, and not too watery.
Many of the recipes we found included putting water into the dish with the spaghetti squash while it cooked. This worked ok, but as a result, the squash was always watery.
We wanted to find a way to cook spaghetti squash so that there was not an excess amount of water that drained off and pooled on your plate.
With one little change, this way has worked for us every time!
Do not use water!
Cut off the top end of the spaghetti squash. This will create a flat surface on which to cut your spaghetti squash length wise. Cutting off the stem also makes it easier to cut, as the stem is very difficult to cut through.
Set the spaghetti squash on the now flat end and cut down lengthwise very carefully. Make sure your hand stays above the knife. (If the squash is especially tough, pierce with the end of your knife cutting down one side, then lay it flat and slice through the rest of the way)
Scoop out the seeds. Spread olive oil on the inside of both halves and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Lay both halves cut side down in a 9×13 baking dish. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes. (When flipped over the inside should be easy to piece with a fork)
Remove from the oven, flip spaghetti squash over, and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. Flipping them over allows them to cool faster. (Caution; They will be very hot, flip over using hot pads)
Fluff the inside of the squash with a fork to make spaghetti like strands.
Use in your favorite recipe as a substitute for pasta!
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 2 tsp olive oil
- pinch salt
- pinch pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees
- Cut the squash length wise.
- Scoop out the seeds with a large spoon.
- Rub 1-2 tsp olive oil on the inside of each half.
- Sprinkle each with salt and pepper.
- Lay squash halves, cut side down, in a baking dish.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until edges are slightly brown and inside is soft.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
- Fluff inside of squash with a fork to reveal spaghetti-like stands.