What It Is
From the outside, this bright yellow, oblong squash looks similar to other winter squash. But it’s very different inside: Once cooked, its tender flesh separates into the spaghetti-like strands that give the vegetable its name. Mild and slightly sweet, it pairs beautifully with an array of flavors.
Buying and Storing
Look for ones that are heavy for their size and are free of blemishes or signs of decay. Spaghetti squash can be kept in a cool, dry place for up to a month.
Why It’s Healthy
A good source of fiber and vitamin C, spaghetti squash is a nutritious stand-in for pasta. At about 40 calories per cup (compared with spaghetti’s 220), it’s a wonderful way to lighten up a dish. Try topping it with your favorite sauce.
Because a spaghetti squash is difficult to cut through when uncooked, we found that roasting it whole is the easiest way to prepare it. Follow the roasting method, then use the strands of squash in the other recipes above.