Thursday, December 02, 2010

Spaghetti Squash: A Photo Tutorial

Spaghetti squash was one of the first things I ever learned how to cook as an adolescent. I can't quite remember how or where I learned this method, but it has stuck with me for about 20 years. That's how much I love this stuff.

Spaghetti_Squash_Final

I adore spaghetti squash for three reasons. First, it's a crazy miracle of nature (that's the scientific term). It baffles me that something can morph from a completely solid state to thousands of perfectly uniform strands when heat is applied. The second reason is the texture. It's similar enough to actual spaghetti, but has a crunchy bite that gives away its vegetableness (also the scientific term). I can easily eat a giant half in one sitting. And finally, it's so easy to make. I'm a recipe person; I rarely ever wing my cooking without one. But this is one of the rare methods that I feel completely comfortable with on my own, without the guidance of a recipe.

If you've never had spaghetti squash, or haven't mastered its preparation yet, follow along. I'll show you how!

Cut a spaghetti squash in half lengthwise using a big, sharp knife.
Spaghetti_Squash_Halved

Scoop the seeds and strings out. I like to use my ice cream scoop, I find it's sturdier and more effective than a spoon.
Spaghetti_Squash_Scooped

Cut 1-2 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and place them in the cavity.
Spaghetti_Squash_Butter

Cover the squash tightly with plastic wrap.
Spaghetti_Squash_Plastic

Microwave for 10 minutes. I know 10 minutes seems like a really long time, but I promise it's right. Let the squash sit in the microwave for 5 more minutes. When you take it out and remove the plastic wrap, it should look like this:
Spaghetti_Squash_PostMicrowave

Now it's time for the fun part! Use a fork to shred the flesh into tiny spaghetti strands. This should happen easily, with very little effort on your part.
Spaghetti_Squash_Fork

Spaghetti_Squash_Shredded

Serve with your favorite marinara sauce (here's mine) or add some extra butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon & sugar. Enjoy your new favorite veggie!
Spaghetti_Squash_Final

8 comments:

Renee said...

I recently discovered spaghetti squash- although my mom insists she made it when I was a kid and just don't remember. I agree- it's fantastic! A great alternative to pasta.

Jessica said...

This has got to be the easiest spaghetti squash recipe ever. I love you for it! Haha

Jen said...

This looks so good! I've never had it before, but it seems like a really healthy and yummy pasta alternative.

This recipe is so easy, too!

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

Yum! I love spaghetti squash but I haven't made it in forever... must remember to pick one up!

justclickyourheels 123 said...

This looks yummy! I've never tried it but I have an allotment and ordered seeds for spaghetti squash this year. Now I know what do do with the squash! Thank you. :-)

Erin said...

I had no idea. I love this!

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Shannon Tupy said...

No plastic wrap in the microwave!!!! Cancer!! Besides that, it looks awesome!

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