How to prepare spaghetti squash

Did you know that spaghetti squash is a wonderful alternative to pasta? It’s low in calories, providing about 30 calories per cup, and it’s very low in fat. It also provides Vitamin A including beta carotene (good for eye health), B and C. This winter squash has a mild flavor, making it versatile to use for sweet or savory dishes.

Enjoy this simple recipe on how to prepare spaghetti squash in the oven!

Ingredients:

  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 rectangular baking pan
  • Enough parchment paper to cover bottom of baking pan
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (optional)
  • 1 fork

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Give the outside of your uncut spaghetti squash a good rinse!
  3. Using the sharp knife, start cutting from the stem to the bottom of the squash. You should have two lengthwise halves.
  4. Using your spoon, scoop out the seeds inside the squash.
  5. Drizzle olive oil into the halves. Sprinkle some salt and pepper if you’d like. Use your fingers to spread the oil and seasoning evenly.
  6. Place parchment paper on bottom of the baking pan.
  7. Place the squash halves face down onto the parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  9. Once ready and cooled enough to handle, use a fork to gently scrape the squash to create long strands.
  10. You can transfer the long strands into a bowl and serve with toppings. Or, if you’re like me, you can leave the strands in the squash half and eat directly from it!