How to Boil Spaghetti Squash

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Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board

  • Knife

  • Spoon

  • Large saucepan or stock pot

  • Kitchen timer

  • Fork

  • Kitchen tongs

  • Sauce, cheese and other condiments

Spaghetti squash is a light yellow, football-shape vegetable that gets its name from the appearance of the squash on the inside. The edible part of the squash looks like a pile of spaghetti strands. Spaghetti squash ranges in size, but can weigh up to 8 lbs., yielding approximately 10 cups of vegetable. Spaghetti squash can be cooked in the oven, in the microwave and on the stovetop. Boiling the squash takes little to no effort.


Step 1

Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. The skin can be tough to get through, so protect yourself and your kitchen counter by using a cutting board.

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Step 2

Scoop out the seeds with a spoon, trying not to detach any of the strands of the squash. Discard the seeds.

Step 3

Fill a large saucepan or stock pot with water. The pot should be large enough so that the whole squash can be submerged in the water.

Step 4

Bring the water to a rolling boil.

Step 5

Place both halves of the spaghetti squash, skin side up, into the pot. Return to a boil.


Step 6

Turn down the heat to medium so that the water does not overflow as it boils. Set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes.

Step 7

Check the spaghetti squash after 15 minutes by sticking a fork into the fleshy side. If the vegetable still seems tough, allow it to cook longer. A large squash may cook for as long as half an hour.


Step 8

Lift the squash out of the water when it is fully cooked. Let the food cool long enough so you can handle it without burning yourself. Then use a spoon to scrape out the edible part of the vegetable.

Step 9

Season as desired. Spaghetti squash is often served like pasta, with red sauce and cheese. Those with a sweeter palate may add honey, cinnamon and brown sugar instead of savory seasonings.


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