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Simple Roasted Spaghetti Squash

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Because a spaghetti squash is difficult to cut through when uncooked, we found that roasting it whole is the easiest way to prepare it for this spaghetti squash recipe. Follow this recipe, then use the strands of spaghetti squash to make one of our other recipes, like Spiced Squash Pancakes, Roasted Squash with Parmesan and Herbs, Spaghetti Squash Gratin, or Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash.

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2012



Cook's Notes

Follow this recipe, then use the strands of spaghetti squash to make one of our other recipes, like Spiced Squash Pancakes, Roasted Squash with Parmesan and Herbs, Spaghetti Squash Gratin, or Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash.

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  • MS10483756
    26 JAN, 2012
    This has to be the easiest way to cook a spaghetti squash. I will never do it any differently. I used the Parmesan and herbs recipe to serve.
    • brixiestransla
      13 JAN, 2018
      Cut the squash in half - crosswise, not lengthwise - clean out seeds. Place the halves upside down in a pan with water, bake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, turn over halves --- watch out --- hot steam. Use your fork to swirl up gorgeously long spaghetti pumpkin strands ... Much better than slicing lengthwise. Don't forget to roast the seeds.
  • me4butrflys
    8 NOV, 2017
    It turned out wonderful! I did make big slits in the squash, to make sure it got done. As the comment from Sappiemojo said, I did prison shank it. I added: 1 Camelized Onion finely chopped, 1T. Minced Garlic, 1 to 1 1/2C. Black Olives chopped in Food processer, 1T. Sage, 2t. Turmeric, 1/2 C. Fresh Parsley, 1t. Paprika, 2 cans of Cambells Cream of Mushroom Soup, salt and pepper to taste. Very yummy!!!
    • me4butrflys
      8 NOV, 2017
      I forgot the Veggie broth, I added 1cup, and some water to keep in saucy, and I used Coconut oil to do the onions.
  • sapphicmojo
    21 NOV, 2016
    A note on the instructions; apparently when she said to prick the squash, she meant to say prison shank it. I made several (20-30) punctures on both of the squash and followed the instructions. About 2 minutes before the timer was set to go off, one of the spaghetti squash EXPLODED inside my oven. The noise was rather startling, but the real issue was the mess it made. Squash was hanging off the heating element and broiler, stuck to the door and every other surface inside the oven. Go deep.
    • jjterrapin
      14 OCT, 2017
      h o l e : opening though something
    • jjterrapin
      14 OCT, 2017
      Yes, prick as to stab making a [filtered] into.
  • marygshulergma
    13 FEB, 2017
    im older than willing to admit and just bought and cooked my first spaghetti's it would be good with shrimp,,, the directions i found said to cook it for an hour...not good,,,,how firm are the strands supposed to be,,,
  • Eric JM
    11 OCT, 2014
    Great cooking tip. Love Spaghetti Squash. However, I am curious. Didn't you have a cooking method in one of your older TV series where you just placed the whole squash in a large pot of boiling water, weighed it/them down with a heavy plate to prevent floating, and it just boiled for a quick amount of time until tender?
  • MercyT
    12 OCT, 2013
    Love spaghetti squash, but didn't eat it often because it is so hard to open. Well that is over now! thanks!
  • Wendy 2
    5 SEP, 2013
    If you pop the whole squash in the microwave for 3-4 minutes the rind will soften enough to cut easily.
  • Statgirl
    29 APR, 2013
    I love spaghetti squash but have always hated halving the uncooked squash in order to roast it. This method works great! It was easier to scoop out the seeds, too. One extra thing I did do was slice a little off one side, so that the squash would sit level in the pan and not roll around as I was putting it in and taking it out of the oven. The juices do leak out a little more this way, but cleanup was not a problem since I lined the pan with foil.
  • Jackie Welling
    23 OCT, 2012
    400 degrees for 1 hour also works great!
  • Basma Bianuni
    16 OCT, 2012
    Is this method possible on pumpkins ?

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