How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to serve spaghetti squash
Leah Maroney
  • 01 of 06

    What Spaghetti Squash Is and What You Need to Prepare It

    How to cook and prepare spaghetti squash
    Leah Maroney

    Spaghetti squash is a good alternative to pasta, potatoes, or rice. The cooked squash flesh shreds into threads like thin spaghetti or vermicelli, hence its name.

    On average, a spaghetti squash measures about 12 inches in length and about 6 inches in diameter. The squash should be an even light yellow color and firm with no bruises. Store whole at room temperature up to 3 weeks. Spaghetti squash is available year-round with peak season in fall.

    Spaghetti squash has a very mild flavor, thus it is...MORE usually served with a sauce of some sort. It also may be enjoyed simply with salt and a bit of butter. Cooking the squash is very simple.

    You will need:

    • 1 spaghetti squash
    • Large sharp knife
    • Baking pan
    • Oven
    • Kitchen fork
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  • 02 of 06

    Bake the Spaghetti Squash

    How to cook spaghetti squash
    Leah Maroney
    • Heat the oven to 375 F.
    • Prick the spaghetti squash all over with a metal skewer or fork so it will not burst while baking.
    • Place whole squash in a shallow baking pan.
    • Bake for 1 hour.
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  • 03 of 06

    Cut the Baked Spaghetti Squash

    Cooking spaghetti squash
    Leah Maroney
    • Let baked spaghetti squash cool until it can be handled.
    • Cut it in half lengthwise with a serrated knife.
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  • 04 of 06

    Remove the Seeds

    Remove spaghetti squash seeds
    Leah Maroney
    • Scoop the seeds and fibrous strings from the center of each half of cooked spaghetti squash.
    • Discard the seeds and strings or save for composting.
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  • 05 of 06

    Turn Squash Into Noodles

    Make spaghetti squash noodles
    Leah Maroney
    • Gently scrape the tines of a kitchen fork around the edge of the spaghetti squash to shred the pulp into strands.
    • Continue until you have as many "noodles" as you can. Use in a recipe.
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  • 06 of 06

    How to Serve Spaghetti Squash

    How to serve spaghetti squash
    Leah Maroney