Sunday, August 23, 2015

how to cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave

how to cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave

Can you feel it? Despite summer temperatures still ruling most of the country, and warm upper 80's and low 90's still being the norm here in Boise, fall is almost here! And with it comes a slew of new seasonal produce recipes. And what's more 'fall' then squash? 

Now I'm not generally a huge squash fan, myself. But there are two exceptions: Pumpkin (Heck yes! Pumpkin flavored everything is the best time of the year!) and spaghetti squash. 

For a long time I avoided spaghetti squash like the plague because I didn't know how to cook it. But when I started trying to eat healthier it seemed like a no-brainer to substitute spaghetti squash for some of my favorite noodle dishes, and so I learned to cook it, and cook it well. There is a 30 calorie vs. 150 calorie difference between a bowl of spaghetti squash and a bowl of noodles, as well as being gluten-free and paleo. In short, it's good for you. 

And you know what? It's easier, faster and better in most cases then boiling spaghetti noodles when cooked correctly. And the best part? The only thing you need to cook them "correctly" is a microwave!



How to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave

you will need:

a squash
a knife
a plate 
a microwave

Let's get started!

First you'll cut your squash in half, but NOT lengthwise (that's hamburger, not hot dog people!). The reason for this is that the fibers that make up this squash wrap around it in the short direction, and slicing it in half this way will give you the best 'noodles.'

how to cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave

Scoop the seeds out of your squash. If you like you can add some extra virgin olive oil or salt and pepper at this step, but I usually just rinse them briefly with a bit of water. 

how to cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave

Place the halves of your spaghetti squash upside down on a plate. Microwave on high in five minute increments, giving your squash a gentle squeeze in between each to check for done-ness. You'll feel it when it's done, it will 'give' a bit (and smell heavenly). I find that usually between 10-15 minutes is the perfect amount of time for an averaged sized spaghetti squash, usually around the 11-13 minute mark. 

how to cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave

Take your squash out of the microwave and let cool for a few minutes. Then use a fork to gently pull the 'noodles' away from the skin. 

how to cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave

Pile your 'noodles' onto a plate, and you're done! One squash usually makes a heaping helping for two people, or would comfortably feed up to four with a side of veggies and some garlic bread (hey, you're having squash for dinner, you can splurge!)

how to cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave

Now of course you simply top with your choice of noodle toppings! Noah and I have had pretty much any combination you can think of an we're addicted. I'll be sharing some of our favorite sauce/meat pairings in the next few weeks, so keep checking back! And in the meantime if you want to see more of my recipes you can check those out here

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8 comments:

  1. I have heard about spaghetti squash many times however never tasted it. Thanks for making it look so easy and sharing at #AnythingGoes

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    1. Thank you! It's delicious and a fantastic noodle substitute!

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  2. I need to try this method ASAP. I normally cook mine in the oven, but a few weeks ago, pressed for time, I cooked it in the microwave. I googled how to do it, which told me to poke a million holes in it with a fork, and plop it in the oven for 20 minutes. At about minute 13, it exploded, with so much force that it launched the microwave door open, and shot hot as crap spaghetti squash everywhere, including all over me, standing right below the microwave. It was a nightmare to clean, dinner was ruined and I have been terribly afraid to try again since. This method looks much safer. Thanks for sharing it. ;)

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    1. holy crap!! That sounds crazy and made me snort coffee out my nose imagining it! Yeah I gave up the oven method as well for this, because my husband is addicted to noodle dishes but is trying to eat healthier. We literally have spaghetti squash at least once a week! I'm going to post our recipes for toppings soon too.

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    2. That is the funniest thing I read all day! (I am sorry though!)

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  3. I too, normally cook my spaghetti squash in the oven. I have got to try this time-saving method, especially with summer heat!

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  4. I've never tried to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. Thanks for the tips, and thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday:-)

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  5. Loving this and I’m drooling! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing this at our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to party with you again! Lou Lou Girls

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