So, you’re shopping at the grocery store in November and see a curious sight. A large, yellow oval that resembles a cross between a melon and a lemon. What is it? It’s a spaghetti squash! Now, don’t turn your nose up at it because it’s a little out of your cooking comfort zone. It’s actually really delicious and oh so easy to prepare! That’s what we like here after all, isn’t it?! So, my fall home cooks, come with me as we answer the question: just how are you supposed to eat spaghetti squash anyway?!
I know you. You like to cook, but new things scare you a bit. I was the same way. But, sometimes, it’s so worth stepping out of your usually meals and trying a new taste, a new texture, a new food! If you’ve done anything with zucchini or butternut squash in the past, this will be second nature to you. If not, it couldn’t be more easy to be a beginner and here’s why… there’s only one way to cook this bad boy! Roasting! You cannot go wrong and that’s the beauty of this food and my recipe below. Hey, it might even become your new go-to fall side dish! I can attest to the fact that I hesitated for years to try it, but one day I said to myself, I’m going to cook this thing, and the flavor and texture and ease of it blew me away! Now I get it every fall and I’m trying new recipes with it, It’s affordable, flavorful, and fun to cook with. Why not try it?
Cooking Spaghetti squash
Roast it, baby! Line a baking dish with foil and cut the squash in half lengthwise (careful here, it’s pretty dense!). I trust my Henckels Santoku Knife to help me cut properly through the outer skin and flesh of this spaghetti squash. Want one? Check out the exact knife I used in this recipe here. Scoop out all of the seeds and innards. Yuck! Next, place the two halves on the foil and rub olive oil all over the tops. Yes, with your hands! Olive oil is a good moisturizer and sometimes you have to get a little dirty in the kitchen!
Season gernerously with salt and pepper and pop it in a preheated 450 degree oven. Roast it for over an hour. It should be more than golden with a few over dark places. Underdone squash is gross so don’t be afraid to get a little color on it!
Take it out of the oven and let it cool slightly. Before it’s all the way cool, get out your fork. Time for the fun part! Scrape your fork all along the inner “meat” if you will. It comes off as strings, hence the name “spaghetti” squash. It absorbed all the flavors of the olive oil, salt, and pepper, so in my opinion, that’s the best way to eat it! I like simple, hearty flavors and the spaghetti squash fits the bill perfectly.
How to serve spaghetti squash?
If you’re not into just eating it plain, I’ve got some great ways to serve it. Try covering it with a rich, tomato basil sauce and some parmesan cheese. You may want to even add some garlic and a splash of red wine. You could turn it into a cheesy spaghetti squash and cheese bake by placing it in a baking dish with some melty cheese and even spinach or kale and baking for 20 minutes. What about an international flair? Try an Asian-inspired Pad Thai sauce and crunchy peanuts. For even more flavor, add sliced peppers and scallions! Want a Mediterranean option? Mix your cooked spaghetti squash with olives, Feta cheese, and cucumber. Drizzle with olive oil for fantastic flavor! For the meat-lover in you, pair spaghetti squash with beef, chicken, or turkey meatballs! The combinations are endless!
Storing spaghetti squash
For those of you out there like me that always have leftovers, you can rest assured that cooked spaghetti squash is one of those types of foods that can be refrigerated for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Make sure to bring it to room temperature before putting in the fridge.
Reheating Spaghetti Squash
To reheat your spaghetti squash, simply place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes. Not a fan of the microwave? Place in a saute pan with a little olive oil and cook on medium-low heat for a few minutes. Add whatever ingredients you want to the pan and cll it a meal!
Comment below on how these tips and tricks worked for you in your spaghetti squash endeavors! Try our recipe for spaghetti squash below and share this article with other cooks who are hungry for new foods and recipes!