Spaghetti squash is a fruit that is part of the gourd family and is available year-round. This yellow, hard-shelled winter squash hides slightly sweet spaghetti-like strands inside and is a great source of iron. So not only is it healthy, but kids love how fun it is to eat. It’s often called “vegetable spaghetti.” Try it topped with your favourite pasta sauce; cooled and tossed into a salad; or just sautéed with a little salt, pepper, butter, and Parmesan cheese.
How To Pick Spaghetti Squash:
Select a squash that is firm and free from soft spots, mould, bruising, or cuts. It should also be generally heavy for its size with a thick, hard shell. Avoid greenish squash, it’s a sign that’s it hasn’t reached maturity.
How To Store Spaghetti Squash:
Store unwrapped in a cool, dark and dry place with good ventilation and it should last up to three weeks without deteriorating in quality. If you’ve got some leftover pieces that have been cut, they can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator.
How To Prepare Spaghetti Squash:
There are many ways you can prepare spaghetti squash. The most popular way is to bake it whole or halved in the oven. The fastest way to cook spaghetti squash is in the microwave. Make sure that if you cook it whole (microwave or oven), you pierce the skin with a fork in several places to allow steam to escape.
How To Cut Spaghetti Squash in Half:
To cut spaghetti squash in half, you’ll need a very sharp knife. First, slice off the stem, place the squash cut-side down (this will stabilize it) on your cutting board and press the knife down through the centre of the squash. To make a squash easier to slice in half, pierce the squash a few times and microwave it on high for 2 minutes.
1 pound = 1 ½ cup cooked spaghetti squash.
Kary’s Spaghetti Squash Tips:
- If you roast it whole (not cut it half), make sure you poke a few holes in it with a fork for the steam to escape. Or you just may end up with a squash explosion to clean up!
- The best cooking methods include: steaming, microwaving, roasting and braising.
- How do you know when it’s done? Press on the skin. It should give slightly when the squash is tender and cooked.
- If you don’t have a sharp knife you can pierce the squash a few times, microwave it on high for 2 minutes. It will be easier to slice this way before roasting.
- Here’s link to all the different ways you can cook a spaghetti squash (link required).
- Tastes great topped with your favourite pasta sauce, cooled and tossed into a salad, or just sautéed with a little salt, pepper, butter, and Parmesan cheese.
What Goes Well With Spaghetti Squash?
Spaghetti Squash Goes Well With: bacon, basil, butter, cream, garlic, cheese, tomatoes, parsley, seafood, thyme, sage, mushrooms, pork, and toasted nuts.