Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash
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  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: about 8 cups (8 servings)
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Spaghetti squash is a fairly large winter squash with a unique texture: when cooked, the flesh separates into strands, which is easily likened to spaghetti. Plenty of people like to put all kinds of sauces on spaghetti squash, as if the strand-like flesh were actual pasta, instead of just pasta-like in shape. I prefer roasted spaghetti squash relatively plain, with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper as it is here. In any case I eschew the tomato sauce, which I don't find to be a particularly good match with this squash, and douse the strands in a creamy sauce or a spicy one

Note: Spaghetti squash are big. Most are at least 4 pounds, which will yield a solid 8 cups of cooked squash. Luckily, it freezes well after roasting, so just seal of extras and pop them in the freezer to use later!

What You'll Need

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Butter to taste (about 1 Tablespoon per serving)
  • dash sea salt (to taste)
  • dash pepper (to taste)

How to Make It

  1. In the oven: Preheat an oven to 375°F. Poke the spaghetti squash all over with a fork. Set the squash in a roasting pan or just on a piece of foil and bake until tender (you should be able to pierce it easily with a fork — since you just poked it all over when it was raw, you should be able to feel a definite difference!), at least an hour and up to 90 minutes (or even more if the squash is giant one).

    In the microwave: Similarly poke the spaghetti squash all over with a fork, then microwave it on high for 5 minutes. Poke it a bit more to see how it's cooking, then microwave in 2-minute bursts until the squash is cooked and tender all the way through—like a total of 10 to 12 minutes.

  1. Cut off and discard the stem end, cut squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds. Then use a fork to scrape the cooked spaghetti squash into strands.
  2. While still warm, top the cooked spaghetti squash with a pat of butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. A bit of salty grated cheese, such as Parmesan, pecorino, or aged gouda is pretty tasty on there, too.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 21
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 20 mg
Carbohydrates 2 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)