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For those of you who have been reading/watching of a while, this is an updated version of my original Spaghetti Squash 101 which I posted several years back. We decided it was time to freshen her up, so here we go… wheeee!

Spaghetti Squash is an oblong yellow variety of winter squash that has a mild, sweet, nutty flavor and, when cooked, has long thin ‘spaghetti-like’ strands, that have a little bit of crunch to them, kind of like an al dente pasta.

I’m not going to tell you that it tastes just like pasta, because it doesn’t, it tastes like squash, but if you’re open to trying something new it’s a great nutrient-dense, low carb alternative to traditional pastas.

Season

Its peak season is the fall and the winter but you’ll see it in grocery stores all year round and I find it to be a great veggie to use throughout the year. It’s as delicious and versatile in the Summer as it is in the winter.

Nutritional Benefits

Spaghetti Squash is packed with beta carotene, vitamin A, potassium and folic acid. One of the perks of this winter squash is that it’s high in nutrients but low in calories; one cup of spaghetti squash has just 40 calories, so it’s a great addition to just about anytime of diet.

Shopping

When you are shopping for spaghetti squash you want your squash to be hard on the outside and then feel surprisingly heavy for their size. You may notice that the shades of yellow on the skin will vary, some will be lighter some will be darker, but that really doesn’t affect the squash at all so you don’t need to pay too much attention to it. However, you do want to make sure that there are no soft spots or green spots on the skin of your squash.

Storing

Spaghetti Squash likes to be stores in a cool dry place. I leave mine right on the counter, and it will last a good three to four weeks.

Preparation

When you’re ready to work with your spaghetti squash, you’ve got a couple of options; if you’re in a hurry you can steam your spaghetti squash in the microwave (shown in the video) but for the most flavor roasting it is the way to go.

Serving

Spaghetti Squash makes a great side dish and can be kept super simple; adding a little parmesan cheese and red pepper flake makes for a sensational dish

Another option is Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs (I sub out the past a for the squash)

And then of course there’s the Spaghetti Squash Chili Mac

Simply layer your favorite chili on top of the cooked squash and sprinkle with a bit of shredded cheese, cilantro and onions.

And one last idea is my Spaghetti Squash and Garlicky Greens

The options are truly endless when it comes to spaghetti squash and I would LOVE to hear how you like to eat yours?

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39 Comments

Buck Shot · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

When I cooked mine in the oven, it tasted bitter. My gf and I threw it out because it was that bad. What happen, was it old or did I cook it wrong or is that the taste?

Rosemary DeMarco · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Giirrl! Amazing recipe!!

lightandshadow · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Every time I search for something about foods and cooking tips, your videos alway save me and my time on searching. Thanks so much

Leesa Willard · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I am going to try the spaghetti squash and marinara with meatballs (I am going to use ground turkey) that was a great video in every essence. Thank you 🙂

arlea armstrong · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Really looks good as n easy to ft. I. Th h sc njs

Patrick Durham · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

If you cut the squash cross wise rather than along the long axis you'll get longer strands. This is possibly my favorite squash!

Sean Heath · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

You can use the squash knife from easyware.co if you don't want to microwave them, they get so hot! 🥵

Sheila Fint · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

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AJtheory · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Are the spaghetti squash seeds edible?

Louis Fillie · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Spaghetti Squash and clam sauce

Dabbie · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I love you. Also, is cauliflower "pizza dough" a thing? Or do you have any tips and tricks on a pure meat/veggie pizza? You are my healthy food guru. ♥

TC3 Imagery · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Is the rind/peel/skin edible?

Charyl Liss · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I roast mine whole in the oven.

Jackie Perkins · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

this will be my first , or second, time cooking spaghetti squash. Roasted method looks really good!

headimusmaximus · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Use a basting brush to spread the olive oil on your squash before baking.

kellyblue · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I've never had spaghetti squash, but I totally wanna try it, definitely will with meatballs

Christine Davis · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Dani, amazing video, my spaghetti squash wss delicious. I made it with garlic and swise chard.

Michael Gatten · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I enjoyed that video. Nicely done. I would try the roasted squash

losbush · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Thank you for this great, no nonsense video. Just what I was looking for!

Dan Spotts · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

It's good with peanut sauce.

Erika K · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

My family has loved to simply put salt and pepper on it or we even put a little bit of maple syrup. My husband likes Italian dressing on his

Penny Olson · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I recently read of someone who cooked spaghetti squash in a slow cooker with a cup of water on low for 6-8 hrs. Not a bad idea for those who work & want to come home to already cooked food. To extend the cooking time for a longer work shift & have it not be overcooked, start with the squash & cooker liner pot cold from the refrigerator & it will be about a 9 hour cook time. I haven't tried this but plan to give it a go one of these days. Also, because of what high heat can do to the quality of EVOO, I would use either avocado or coconut oil for roasting. Just my personal choice.

Larry Singer · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I made this type of swash before and it's good a pain in the ads to prepare but good

Janet Burkholder · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

with marinara sauce and home made meatballs I think I will try first

Silverfox Johnson · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I bought one and found this !! Youre right on time!! Thank you, been following you for awhile, you never disappoint!!!

Willie Johnson · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Thanks!

Up-a-Creek · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

After baking it… I might just use it as a side vegetable by sauteing it in some butter to caramelize it a bit more, maybe even a sprinkle of brown sugar?

Irvin Wittmeier · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I rost mine up with butter , salt & pepper yum

James S. · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I bought a spaghetti squash last week and when I cut it in half, I was shocked to see the seeds had sprouted. Kinda gross actually.

My question is, how do I avoid this again? The squash looked perfectly well on the outside. Please advise.

Fish Chris · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

+1 for traditional spaghetti, except I use chicken. Also, I find that the microwave for 6 minutes is about right for a half a squash face down on the plate. I also roll up a paper towel to form a type of gasket, which holds the steam in while it cooks, then let's it keep cooking for 10 or 15 minutes after you take it out of the microwave.
I'm into "easy" but still great 😉
And I have to say, I don't think there is anything you could do to a spaghetti squash (seasonings, or cooking methods) that would make any difference to the meal, after I bury it in my awesome homemade sauce ! 😉
In fact, I'm making it tonight 😋

Chris Tice · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Great video. I'm new to spaghetti squash but not new to the kitchen. I find that the sweetness of the spaghetti squash squash runs a tad contrary to Italian dishes. In other words trying to make a sweet food savory. Therefore I tried it as more of a sweet alternative like oatmeal as an example typically you would put sugar or brown sugar or something along those lines on your oatmeal along with a little bit of salt and let me tell you this spaghetti squash with a little bit of sugar or Xylitol and some butter oh my goodness it is fantastic. I haven't given up on the Italian dishes utilizing the spaghetti squash but it is good as a sweet treat

Liza Wrench · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

I brought some Halloween pumpkin seeds but just looked up and it's a spaghetti squash it's taken over the back corner of my garden don't mind as I always wanted to try spaghetti squash told my husband it's ment to have a sweet nutty tastes his response "I'm sure squirrel shit has the same taste". 🤔 Think I need a good recipe to win him round thanks for this video great help x

Timothy L. ove · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Some are green with yellow patches.
If you ever grow any you will notice that.

Barbara Reynolds · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Wiow! Can't wait to try these recipes!

Brenda Stockman · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Thanks for the info. My neighbor gave me squash out of his garden. I boiled w/onion ,fried it, and then was told it was winter spaghetti squash.😄 "Now what ?", I asked myself. Although it was pretty good my way, I'm very anxious to try it the real way. 😇 Plus, I think you answered all my questions.Good job !

Bubbagoose S · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Yum

linjubar · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Having arthritis in my wrists, spaghetti squash is too hard for me to cut in half, uncooked, but now I know it can go into the microwave uncut solves this problem. Thanks!

MandaPanda1672 · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Spaghetti squash is one of my favorites! I turn it into a no-dairy creamy bacon broccoli squash casserole that my bf and I really love. I get the recipe here, if you're interested. 🙂 https://paleoglutenfree.com/recipes/creamy-whole30-bacon-garlic-spaghetti-squash/

gjmantle · August 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

What’s the best way to re-warm leftover spaghetti squash?

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