Hi there, gang. No new recipe today, rather a tutorial on how to roast spaghetti squash. Super, serious, earth shattering info to follow, of that you can be sure. Ha! 🙂 While this post might seem a little boring to some and others of you might be thinking “My family would rather eat pickled herring every night for a week than consume spaghetti squash!”…please hang around for just a tiny moment more and let me explain to you how actually ROASTING spaghetti squash makes it ever so flavorful, wonderful and helps it retain a noodle-like texture of which I am a great fan.
I often make it when we are having Hearty Spaghetti and sub it out for the noodles (at least for Adam and I, my kids aren’t convinced that is a good idea as of yet!)
It also works super well as a side dish. Hope some of you get a chance to try it!
Let me show you how to make it happen…
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Grab one spaghetti squash (I’ve seen them for the best deal at Costco, usually in a bag of 2 for around $5). Wash it off and then stab it several times, in random spots with a fork. This golden beauty has a super tough exterior, so be aware.
3. Pop it in the microwave for 5 minutes. This will help the skin soften just a bit so you can cut it with a sharp knife.
4. Grab a large, sharp knife and cut the squash in half, from the stem down.
5. Using a spoon, scoop the seeds and pulp from the inside of the squash and discard.
6. Drizzle olive oil over the fleshy sides and down into the bowl of the squash, about 1 Tb per squash half. Use your fingers to spread it around as evenly as you can. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
7. Line a large cookie sheet with foil and lay the squash halves face down.
8. Bake for 45-60 minutes…
or until a fork can easily break up the strands. Give them a taste to test the texture. They should be soft, without being too squishy.
9. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar over the top of each half and sprinkle with additional salt and pepper. (You can add a little bit of butter at this point if that’s your kind of thing!) Use a fork to fluff the noodles out of the skin.
Serve and enjoy!