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The Basics: Cooking Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash is just cool.  It's a squash, but once you cook it up it transforms into pasta-like strands that can be served with marinara sauce, (almost) just like spaghetti!  It has a sweetish flavor but is still quite convincing. 

Cooking Time: 1-2 hours, depending on size of squash
Serves: 2

Directions

  1. Wash the squash, then carefully poke the rind full of holes with a sharp knife.
  2. Place the squash in a baking dish with a small amount of water in the bottom, and proceed to bake at 300° F for 30 minutes, or until the squash is soft enough to cut.  Carefully remove the hot squash from the pan, place on a cutting board, and slice lengthwise with a sharp knife.  Scrape out seeds.  The flesh of this squash is stringy (shown below), so only remove as much as you need to around the seeds so there's some left to eat!  Place the halves facedown in the pan, adding more water (as needed).   Bake another 30 minutes or so, until the stringy flesh is tender.
  3. Using a fork, gently start at one end of the squash and pull towards you to release the "spaghetti" strands of the squash from the rind.  Place in a bowl.
  4. Serve hot with marinara sauce and a good parmesan cheese!  Also very good simply topped with butter and some salt & pepper.