Spaghetti Squash

December 8th, 2007


As far as I can tell, there are two schools of thought on spaghetti squash. One theory is that since it looks like spaghetti, it should be served like spaghetti, with traditional pasta sauce. FYI, the people who think that are on weird low-carb diets and are just plain wrong. The second theory is that even though it looks like spaghetti, it still tastes like any other kind of squash, and should be prepared and served like a vegetable. Guess which side I’m on?

This is less a “recipe” and more of a “how to” for spaghetti squash. And honestly, I should probably start varying it up, because I only eat squash one way. Steamed in the microwave, with a little butter, salt, and parmesan cheese. Intensely delicious.

Spaghetti Squash

1 small spaghetti squash (about 2 lbs)
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1. With a large knife, puncture squash on all sides.
2. Place squash in a microwave-safe bowl filled with 1/4 cup water. Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
3. Remove squash from microwave. Slice in half.
4. Place squash halves back in the bowl, skin-side down. Place 1/2 tbsp of butter in each half. Microwave for 5 more minutes.
5. Remove squash from microwave and let cook for 3-5 minutes. With a fork, scrape the inside of the squash until spaghetti-like strands come away. Scrape the strands into a serving bowl.
6. Add salt to squash, and toss. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and serve.

Serves 2-3.

Tags: food · side dishes

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 holler // Dec 9, 2007 at 6:19 am

    What a good idea! This is new to me, I have never had this before, but I love parmesan on everything, well within reason!

  • 2 núria // Dec 9, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Hi Katy!
    You know, I never heard of spaguetti squash before!!! What is it exactly? Is it pasta?

  • 3 núria // Dec 9, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Hi Katy!
    You know, I never heard of spaguetti squash before!!! What is it exactly? Is it pasta?

  • 4 Happy Cook // Dec 9, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Me too i’ve never hear about this.
    I guess it is a veggie?

  • 5 katy // Dec 9, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    hi all!  yes, it’s a vegetable.  it’s a type of squash that, when cooked, forms long strands that look pretty much identical to spaghetti!  they’re yellow, and usually about 2-4 lbs.  in new york, you can find them in just about any grocery store that sells winter squash — just look for the big, oval-shaped yellow ones!

    they became super popular in the US when the atkins diet was popular, and people used them as low-carb substitutes for pasta.  personally, i think they’re better just as squash! has more information, if you’re curious!

  • 6 Dana // Dec 9, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Actually, I’m in both camps (but am most definitely not on a weird low carb diet).  I love it served as squash, but if you make a good, flavorful sauce that compliments the squash’s flavor, it works that way too.  To each his (or her) own!

  • 7 emily // Dec 9, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    I LOVE SUGARLAWS!! It is my favorite blog in the whole wide world.  I’ve never had this dish, but my crazy sister loves it.  She makes it all of the time!!

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