HOW TO MAKE SPAGHETTI SQUASH: For Beginners

How To Make Spaghetti Squash

Some people think that is difficult making a spaghetti squash that is why they wouldn’t dare try and make one. In this tutorial, I will be teaching you, a step by step guide on how to make spaghetti squash.

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HOW TO MAKE SPAGHETTI SQUASH: For Beginners

How To Make Spaghetti Squash

How To Make Spaghetti Squash

Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

  • If you enjoy pasta like carbonara or spaghetti but are trying to maintain or lose weight and watching your intake of calories or carbs, then you already have two reasons to choose this vegetable as a low calorie, low carb replacement.
  • It actually helps for weight loss. Spaghetti squash contains a fair amount of fiber, with 2.2 g, per 1-cup serving. Fiber can also help with weight loss as it makes you feel fuller longer.
  • Antioxidants found in this squash variety are beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which can all help you out if your eyes are starting to go bad.

There are two ways of making spaghetti squash: via Oven & via Microwave

INGREDIENTS

Microwave

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • ¼ cup water

Oven

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1-2 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ - 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ - ½ tsp. black pepper

IN A MICROWAVE

STEP 1: Wash the squash

And start poking holes into a gourd.

Wash the squash and start poking holes into gourd via greatist

  • You can use either a fork or a knife when poking
  • This will allow steam to come out from the spaghetti squash when it’s cooking and will prevent it from exploding inside the microwave.

STEP 2: Put in the microwave

Let it cool. Then cut it in half.

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  • Put the squash into the microwave and time it into 15 minutes.
  • Pat the sides of the squash and check if it got softer.
  • If it is, then it is already cooked.
  • If it is still hard, put it back for 3 more mins
  • Let it cool then cut it in half using a sharp knife.

STEP 3: Remove the seeds

Remove the seeds via greatist

  • Using a spoon, remove the seeds from the squash
  • Do not throw away the seeds; you can save it to roast later.

STEP 4: Gently pull the strands of the squash

Gently pull the strands of the squash via greatist

Scrape it and place it into a bowl

  • DID YOU KNOW: Spaghetti Squash is such a nutritious alternative to pasta. Compared to pasta’s 43g/cup, spaghetti squash only contains 7g. They may not taste as good as the pasta but it brings a satisfying and sweet flavor extremely healthy too.

IN AN OVEN

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Place an aluminum foil on a table.

Place an aluminum foil on a table via asweetpeachef

  • Slowly and surely slice the squash in half through the stem.
  • Make sure that it is cut in half to for equal scraping.
  • Using a spoon, slightly scoop out the seeds

Slightly scoop out the seeds via asweetpeachef

STEP 2: Drizzle olive oil

Season and Roast

  • Lightly drizzle olive oil over the freshly cut squash
  • Then sprinkle some salt and pepper
  • Flip the squash to be cut down to the aluminum foil
  • Place in the oven and roast until a soft
  • Wait for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

You can check if it is cooked when you poke it with a fork

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STEP 3: Take the Squash

  • Take the squash and let it cool
  • Gently scrape down the squash’s flesh with a fork to remove it in long strands and then transfer them to a bowl

Take the Squash via asweetpeachef

STEP 4: Dig In!

You actually don’t need to place it into a separate bowl, you can actually use the squash itself so that the flavor will still be there while you are eating it.

Dig In via asweetpeachef

Variety of Spaghetti Squash Recipes

If you don’t know what to do with those spaghetti squash anymore, here are some recipes to spice it all up.

Roasted Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash

Roasted Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash Via marthastewart

  • If you are a seafood fan, this healthy guilt-free dish is just for you. Sweet shrimp roast alongside the squash in this easy, impressive main dish that takes only 10 minutes of prep time.
  • I loved the crunchy texture of the bed of squash against the softness of the simple roasted shrimp. It is so mouth watering indeed.
  • Serve with a simple green salad and garlic bread for a weeknight meal. Did I mention it is also gluten-free? This is a definite must try.

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs Via marthastewart

  • This meal has all the fun and flavor of traditional spaghetti and meatballs
  • This recipe can help you reduce the carbohydrates and increase the vegetable servings by skipping the pasta and serving the Italian-seasoned turkey meatballs and quick, homemade marinara sauce. Instead of pasta, you will, of course, be using spaghetti squash.
  • The tasty turkey meatballs and simple, garlicky tomato sauce will become a part of your regular diet, say hello to the healthier you.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs Via marthastewart

  • Sprinkle with brown sugar, salt, and pepper, then roast until the flesh is tender and easy to pull into strings with a fork. Although, you can experiment on which herbs and spices to put into your spaghetti squash.
  • Parmesan cheese, toasted hazelnuts, and fresh herbs add loads of flavor to the mild, sweet squash. What more could you possibly ask for?

Always remember though you should follow the advice of your health-care provider. Some of the ingredients, no matter how healthy they are, can harm you if you do not be careful on what you eat especially if you don’t get regular check-ups.

More Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

  • Wide range of vitamins and minerals
  • Low in Fat, Calories, and Carbs
  • High in fiber
  • Aids Weight loss
  • Provides healthy bones and tissues
  • Reduces risks of cardiovascular disease
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Helps poor eyesight
Lita Watson
 

Hi there! I’m Lita, and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and i try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so i keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.

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