How to Gut Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash gets its name from the spaghettilike consistency of its flesh.

Spaghetti squash gets its name from the long, tendrillike consistency of its flesh that resembles, well, spaghetti. When cooked, the hard inside turns soft and is easy to scoop out. Replace regular pasta with spaghetti squash for a unique twist on a traditional meal. Like other winter squash varieties, spaghetti squash ripens in late fall and stores well during the winter. There are two stages to gutting a spaghetti squash: before cooking to remove the seeds and after cooking to prepare the flesh.

Things You'll Need

  • Large kitchen knife
  • Rubber mallet
  • Cutting board
  • Baking tray
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Large bowl
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Instructions

    • 1

      Place one whole spaghetti squash on a cutting board. Hold the side of the squash with one hand and place a large kitchen knife on the squash. Position the knife along the length of the squash.

    • 2

      Remove your hand from the squash. Tap the knife gently with a mallet until it breaks the spaghetti squash skin.

    • 3

      Pound the knife though the squash, keeping fingers far away from the knife blade. Spaghetti squash, like other winter squash, has hard skin, making it difficult to cut through.

    • 4

      Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Discard the seeds or rinse them and set them aside for roasting or replanting.

    • 5

      Brush the inside of the spaghetti squash with butter or olive oil and bake it at 325 degrees for one and a half to two hours. Stick a fork in the flesh to test it. When there is little resistance, the squash is done.

    • 6

      Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and let it cool. When it is cool enough to handle, scoop the flesh into a bowl. Start at the top and work down the length of the squash until all the flesh is removed from the skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Roast the squash seeds for a healthy snack. Rinse off all traces of flesh and spread them out on a baking tray. Roast the seeds at 325 degrees for 10 minutes or until crisp.

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