How to prepare a spaghetti squash for roasting

Anyone that follows my blog knows by now how much I love spaghetti squash!

I have always LOVED pasta, it’s my absolute favorite meal, prepared in many many ways!! But I’m trying to eat healthier meals so I need to cut out the pasta when possible. I sub those dishes with spaghetti squash.

A friend of mine asked how to prepare it, she said she has wanted to try to make it but didn’t know how. I promised her that the next time I would make it, I would send her pictures and directions so she could see what I was doing. I thought I would share just in case anyone else is interested too.

Cutting those suckers is half the battle! Use a good sharp knife, keep a wooden spoon handy. And make sure the squash is on a cutting board so you do not chop or cut into your countertop. I start by putting the knife right in the middle lengthwise (or end to end) and carefully work it down about halfway through. I found that if I put it the entire way through, I have a more difficult time working it around to the end. This works for me, you may find a better way for you.

Anyway, I gently start working the knife blade back towards the end of the squash. Now, sometimes I have had squash that my knife will NOT cut through the stem, this is where the wooden spoon comes in handy, but it needs to be a heavy duty wooden spoon. I use the handle to start “hammering” the knife handle down through the stem. Seriously, this works!!! I saw someone else do this, I tried it and it works!

After that, just keep cutting around the entire squash. If the cut doesn’t match up on the opposite side, no worries cuz no one is gonna see that.

Then scrape out the seeds. If you start scraping too much you will see that you are also pulling the squash noodles out too so once you have the strands with the seeds out, then you’re good to go.

If you’re only planning to use half the squash, wrap the other piece in plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for up to a week.

Next I drizzle the squash with olive oil, then salt and pepper. Depending on the sauce I am making I may add different spices and herbs to the squash. For this recipe I sprinkled the squash with cayenne pepper.

You will need a baking dish or cookie sheet lined with foil, just make sure the baking object has sides to collect any oil that may run out.

Turn the squash upside down onto the baking sheet. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 45 minutes or until tender.

When done, remove the baking sheet from the oven. I use a towel to grab the squash and turn it over. Be careful!! Using a fork, gently pull the noodles from the squash onto a large bowl or plate.

There ya go! Give it try and feel free to share how you make you spaghetti squash.

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