How to Cook & Boil Spaghetti Squash

Cooked spaghetti squash is a low-calorie alternative to pasta. One cup offers 42 calories and only three from fat. Besides, this winter squash is a source of vitamins A, B6 and C, niacin, iron, potassium, pantothenic acid, manganese and calcium. It is also a source of fiber. The flesh, which comes out of the shell in strings when you scoop it out, gives this cylindrical squash its name. There are several ways of preparing spaghetti squash, from microwaving and baking to boiling it.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Fork
  • Baking pan
  • Microwave oven
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Microwave-safe dish and cover
  • Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Crock pot
  • Pan
  • Stove

Instructions

  1. Baking

    • 1
      Bake spaghetti squash.
      Bake spaghetti squash.

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    • 2

      Pierce the shell of a spaghetti squash several times with a fork.

    • 3

      Place the squash in a baking pan and bake it for about one hour. The squash is cooked when you're able to pierce the flesh all the way through with a fork.

    Microwaving

    • 4
      Microwaving spaghetti squash is the quickest way.
      Microwaving spaghetti squash is the quickest way.

      Cut the squash in half lengthwise.

    • 5

      Scrape the seeds out with a spoon.

    • 6

      Fill a non-plastic microwave-safe dish with ¼ cup of water.

    • 7

      Place the squash halves in the water dish, cut side facing up.

    • 8

      Cover the dish with a glass lid or another microwave-safe material. Avoid plastic wrap, to ensure that nothing leaches into your food during microwaving.

    • 9

      Transfer the dish to the microwave and cook on high for about 12 minutes or until the flesh is tender. Let the squash sit covered for five minutes before removing it from the microwave.

    Slow Cooking

    • 10
      Slow cooking makes squash very tender.
      Slow cooking makes squash very tender.

      Add 2 cups of water to a crock pot large enough to hold your squash whole.

    • 11

      Pierce the squash shell in several places.

    • 12

      Transfer the squash to the crock pot.

    • 13

      Cook the squash on low for eight hours.

    Boiling

    • 14
      Cook the squash in boiling water.
      Cook the squash in boiling water.

      Fill a pan large enough to accommodate the whole spaghetti squash with water.

    • 15

      Bring the water to a boil.

    • 16

      Transfer the squash to the boiling water. Let it cook for 30 minutes.

    • 17

      Insert a fork into the squash after 30 minutes of boiling. If the fork pierces the shell all the way through without resistance, the squash is cooked.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rinse the spaghetti squash's shell to remove dust before cooking. Let the cooked squash cool for up to 20 minutes to make it easier to handle it. Once cooked, scrape out the flesh to season and eat.
Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit different squashes image by saied shahinkiya from Fotolia.com dish for cake image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com microwave image by andrey polichenko from Fotolia.com pork in a slow cooker image by pr2is from Fotolia.com boiling water 2 image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com

You May Also Like

  • How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

    It's called spaghetti squash for good reason. After cooking it, the inside comes out looking like strands of pasta. This squash is...

  • How to Boil Spaghetti

    This article will show you how to boil spaghetti to perfection.

  • How to Cook Squash

    You can fry, boil, bake, steam and even grill squash. The flavor will change depending on the type of squash and how...

  • How to Grill Spaghetti Squash

    Spaghetti squash is an underappreciated vegetable that is tender, healthy, and loaded with subtle sweetness. It can be steamed, baked, broiled, boiled...

  • How to Cook Summer Squash

    The "summer" squash - zucchini, crookneck, pattypan, and other smaller, delicate squash - taste best steamed or sautéed. As with most recipes...

  • How to Cure Spaghetti Squash

    Not at all like its cousin winter squash varieties: pumpkin or acorn squash, when cooked, spaghetti squash separates into strands resembling the...

  • How to Cook Simple Crock-Pot Spaghetti

    What if you could have a hot, home-cooked meal waiting for you when you come home from work? Crock-Pot cooking makes it...

  • How to Make Spaghetti Squash Soup

    Spaghetti squash is a vegetable that weighs from 4 to 8 pounds and is light-yellow in color. It gets its name from...

  • Making Spaghetti With Spaghetti Squash

    Spaghetti squash is an oblong winter squash with a thick yellow rind and yellow fruit. Its name is attributed to the fact...

  • How to Make Crock-Pot Spaghetti

    This makes an easy filling meal with almost no effort. You can set it up in the early afternoon and have it...

  • How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Microwave Oven

    Spaghetti squash is a healthy alternative to regular spaghetti. It is very simple to cook and the microwave.

  • Ways to Eat Spaghetti Squash

    Ways to Eat Spaghetti Squash. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta for those on a lo-carb diet, according to "The...

  • How to Boil Spaghetti Squash

    Spaghetti squash is a light yellow, football-shape vegetable that gets its name from the appearance of the squash on the inside. The...

  • How to Cook a Turkey in a Crock-Pot

    Want to ensure a tasty juicy turkey this holiday season? This Thanksgiving or Christmas, consider making your bird in the crockpot! It's...

  • How to Cook Spaghetti

    You May Also Like. How to Cook Spaghetti Squash. It's called spaghetti squash for good reason. After cooking it, the inside comes...

  • How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

    Cravings for comfort food can waylay even the best healthy eating intentions. Satisfy your pasta passion by substituting spaghetti squash for all...

  • Spaghetti Squash Cooking Methods

    A long winter squash with a yellow or ivory color, spaghetti squash gets it name from the stringy, strand-like texture of the...

  • How to Boil Pasta

    Boil some pasta, open a jar of spaghetti sauce, and you have the quintessential meal for an American 20-year-old.

Related Ads

View Blog Post

Mom's Classic Make-Ahead Bread Stuffing

Recent Blog Posts
Baked Pecan-Stuffed Apples
by Jennifer Farley

Apples are at their peak season right now and their is no better way to showcase their wonderful flavor than to serve them baked with a few simple additions. This easy recipe for baked apples is a perfect finish to any … Continue reading →

Raw Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
by Ashlae Warner

There are a couple of things you need to know about this recipe before you get started. The first is that this doesn’t taste much like traditional cheesecake. So if you’re looking for one of those, you should check out this indulgent … Continue reading →

See all posts