How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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To cook the the winter squash known as spaghetti squash, cut it in half with a big knife and scoop out the seeds, then use a perforated pan to boil the squash for about 45 minutes. Learn how to become a spaghetti squash maestro in this free video with tips from a cookbook author.

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Hi, I'm Devra Gartenstein with Quirky Gourmet, and today I'm going to show you how to cook a spaghetti squash. Now, spaghetti squash is a variety of Winter squash. There the ones that come in late in the season. They have hard outer shells and they need to be cooked before you eat them. Now, spaghetti squash gets its name from the fact that the inside is kind of stringy, so if you pull it apart with a fork after it's cooked it resembles spaghetti. So, they were really big in the 70s. There were recipes for, you know, cooking the spaghetti strands with tomato sauce and all kinds of crazy things like that, but, so you want to cut it in half using a big knife. So I cut, use the sharp, pointy end of the knife, just plunge it in there and work it around. If it's a big tough spaghetti squash, you may have to take the knife out and start again in the other direction until you've cut enough of it that you can just pull it apart. And then you just scoop out the seeds and it's ready to cook. So I generally steam my acorn squash. So I put it, I have a perforated pan over a pan with boiling water and this is a big one. If you have a small pan, then you should cut your spaghetti squash into smaller pieces so that they fit in the pan. So, just put them in there with the water boiling, and they'll cook for about 45 minutes or so until you can stick a fork in and it feels, kind of, the texture of butter. And then, once you've cooked your spaghetti squash until it's nice and soft, like butter, you can use a fork, just kind of break up the inside. You see how that's spaghetti like? And there you have it, a cooked spaghetti squash.

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