How to Make Spaghetti Squash Pasta

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Shredded spaghetti squash is a wonderful base for many recipes, and you can use it to replace pasta, potatoes or rice. Healthy and hearty, roasted spaghetti squash pasta is made with just two ingredients in a few very easy steps.

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My favorite way to serve spaghetti squash is with roasted garlic sauce and mozzarella-stuffed meatballs. It's lightened up comfort food at its best.

Things You'll Need

  • One spaghetti squash, about 2 pounds

  • 1/4 cup water

Step 1

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the squash on a large cutting board and carefully cut it in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and any gooey/stringy parts; be careful not to dig into the actual flesh of the squash.

Turn this spaghetti squash into pasta replacement.
Turn this spaghetti squash into pasta replacement. (Image: Ashley Manila)
Remove the seeds from the center.
Remove the seeds from the center. (Image: Ashley Manila)

Warning

  • The shell of a spaghetti squash is very thick, so use a sharp knife when cutting.

Step 2

Place the squash in a large skillet or rimmed baking sheet, pour the water on the bottom of the pan and roast in the oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes.

Use a dish with a rim to hold the squash and water.
Use a dish with a rim to hold the squash and water. (Image: Ashley Manila)

Step 3

Remove pan from oven and allow the squash to cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they're cool enough to handle with bare hands.

Let the squash cool before handling it.
Let the squash cool before handling it. (Image: Ashley Manila)

Step 4

Use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti squash, digging in with the tines and then scraping outward. Transfer the spaghetti squash shreds to a serving dish.

Use a fork to shred the squash.
Use a fork to shred the squash. (Image: Ashley Manila)
Put all of the flesh in a dish and discard the shells.
Put all of the flesh in a dish and discard the shells. (Image: Ashley Manila)

Top the spaghetti squash with a roasted garlic sauce and mozzarella-stuffed meatballs for a hearty meal.

Creative, colorful comfort food.
Creative, colorful comfort food. (Image: Ashley Manila)

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