I will never forget the first time I had this unique gourd. I was having spaghetti for dinner at a friends house and I told her mom how much I liked the noodles she used. That is when she revealed that they weren’t noodles at all, but squash. If you have not yet discovered the wonders of spaghetti squash then prepare to be amazed. This cool squash has stringy flesh that looks exactly like spaghetti noodles! You can use it in soups, salads, as a side dish, etc. But, of course, the most popular way to use it is to replace spaghetti noodles and impress your guests.
Spaghetti squash can easily be cooked at any temperature between 350-425ºF/175-220ºC. I like to cook it at 425ºF/220ºC because I’m normally roasting other veggies at the same time and this is a great temperature to roast vegetables at. The temperature and size of the squash will change the cooking time, so all you really need to do is bake it until you can easily piece the skin with a fork, while keeping if from burning. These squashes usually come in 1-4 pound sizes. A 2-pound squash will take about 50 minutes at 375ºF/190ºC or 30 minutes at 425ºF/220ºC. If you are not sure what a spaghetti squash looks like see the photo below.
Makes: 4-8 servings
Equipment: roasting dish
A 1-pound spaghetti squash.
Written by Anne Beaubien