Based on personal experience, here are some tips for cooking and using spaghetti squash. There are many different ways to cook spaghetti squash. You can microwave, boil or bake it. If you would like to boil the spaghetti squash before removing its strand-like interior, here’s how I would recommend doing it:
- Use a knife to make a few small holes or cut marks through the skin of the spaghetti squash.
- Fill a large pot with water and heat the water until boiling. Once boiling, put the squash in to cook (ease it slowly into the water to prevent burns!), turning it occasionally with a wooden spoon. The squash will likely float in the water but that is fine. After about 15-20 minutes (about 20-30 minutes for a large sized spaghetti squash), use a knife to insert into the spaghetti squash. If it goes through easily, then it is cooked through. Take out the spaghetti squash immediately and let it cool in a colander (excess water from within may also drain out).
- Don’t worry if the squash skin cracks open slightly. When cooled cut the squash in half and then remove the seeds with a spoon. Then use a fork to scrape out the noodle like strands into a bowl.
That’s it! For a super simple delicious recipe using spaghetti squash, check out this Toasted Corn & Spaghetti Squash dish. If you would like to see other ways to cook this delectable vegetable, check out this post I found listing 50 ways to cook spaghetti squash: http://aggieskitchen.com/50-ways-to-cook-spaghetti-squash/. Like other hard shelled squashes, you can bake it, grill it, roast it, stuff it, and even throw it in the slow cooker. Have fun experimenting!