What is spaghetti squash?
A variety of winter squash, pale yellow to ivory in color, weighing between 6 to 8 pounds. Pulling a fork through the cooked flesh of the squash will separate it into long spaghetti-like strands, hence the name. The mild taste that absorbs surrounding flavors, crispy texture, and low calories make the spaghetti squash a popular vegetable to add to pasta dishes, or to eat on its own. A four-ounce serving is only 37 calories!
How to bake it:
- Prick the spaghetti squash all over with a fork so it will not burst while baking.
- Place whole squash in a shallow baking pan and bake in a preheated 375 F oven for 1 hour.
- When cool enough to handle, cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise with a serrated knife.
- Scoop the seeds and fibrous strings from the center of the cooked spaghetti squash.
- Gently scrape the tines of a kitchen fork around the edge of the spaghetti squash to shred the pulp into strands.
Spaghetti squash can be served with a sauce or even seasoned with salt and pepper and served as a side dish. Enjoy!