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How to cook spaghetti squash : A Beginner Guide

Spaghetti squash is a healthy vegetable that looks like a yellow football. When you cook it's flesh transforms into long stringy noodle-like strands.   That's why it often used as a healthy substitute for pasta. You can also enjoy it in various dishes from salads to stir-fries.

What is Spaghetti Squash?

Look for the squash that feels firm and heavy for its size and has a bright yellow color.  Avoid squash with soft spots or blemishes as they might not be ripe.  Remember don't forget to check out the stem it should be dry, brown and intact. 

How to choose the best Spaghetti Squash?

1. Washing spaghetti squash: Rinse it under cold water to remove dirt and debris. 2. Cutting spaghetti squash: Carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise. If it is too tough to cut, you can pierce it with a fork or microwave it for a couple of minutes to soften it. 3. Scoop Out the Seed Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds gently.

How to prepare Spaghetti Squash?

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Preheat Oven

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.  To prevent sticking if you don't have parchment, coat the baking sheet with cooking spray or oil. 

Drizzle With Oil

You can use any regular cooking oil to bake your spaghetti squash. Just don't use fancy finishing oils like walnut or pistachio oil. Because these mild taste oils taste is best for salads and drizzling but not for roasting. 

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Baking Spaghetti Squash

Place your spaghetti squash halves cut side down on a baking sheet.  Bake them in a preheated oven at 400°F for about 35 to 40 minutes. 

Check for Doneness

The squash is ready when you can easily pierce the skin with a fork. 

Scrape and Serve

Carefully remove the squash from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Using a fork, gently scrape the flesh to transform it into spaghetti-like strands. 

Season & Enjoy

You can season it with herbs like basil and oregano or a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.  You can also enhance the flavours with garlic, parmesan cheese or a dash of red pepper flakes for some zing.