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(Delish.com)   Subby's been gifted with a spaghetti squash. Any Farkers have suggestions for how to prepare it that are better than this one?   (delish.com) divider line
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2020-09-26 9:56:25 PM  
I always bake mine, or put it in a pressure cooker, cut in half. Butter and salt is all it needs. So good.
 
2020-09-26 9:58:14 PM  
I usually have mine with actual spaghetti sauce or or chili.
 
2020-09-26 9:58:26 PM  

darkhorse23: I always bake mine, or put it in a pressure cooker, cut in half. Butter and salt is all it needs. So good.


Second this. Cut in half, place on baking sheet, oven. Super easy.
 
2020-09-26 10:00:29 PM  
Just cut it in half and use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds and really hard bits in the interior 'core'...and put it 'face down' on foil in the oven. Give it rub with some butter before baking. Give it about 45 mins at 350 or so. Like a potato.
Then use a fork to scrap up all the stringy bits to serve.
 
2020-09-26 10:25:00 PM  
I just made one the other day.
Cut in half, salt, pepper and olive oil. Bake until soft.
Then I sauteed some san marzano tomatoes. Scoop out the squash and throw it in the tomatoes. Let it sit and caramelize. Flip it and let the other side caramelize. Eat it.
 
2020-09-26 10:28:36 PM  
As a pasta substitute, I'm not a fan of it with spaghetti sauce - the sweetness is off putting. But I do like it for an Asian stir fry with a sauce that's kind of sweet anyway.
 
2020-09-26 10:32:07 PM  
Use it for Pad Thai noodles.  Up the spice level, it mellows the heat.
 
2020-09-26 10:34:53 PM  
Poke a shiat ton of holes in it, nuke for 11 minutes, let sit for 5 before slicing it in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds and then use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti strands.

Then in a casserole dish, add a layer of sour cream at the bottom, then add a layer of browned ground meat of your choice cooked in taco seasoning, then a layer of spaghetti squash, and repeat till the dish is almost full.

Top with shredded pepper jack cheese, and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and browned in spots.

Let it it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

It's virtually carb free and makes excellent leftovers for a couple days.
 
2020-09-26 11:03:53 PM  
Cut it the short way, not the long way. Olive oil, salt and pepper the inside. 375F for about forty to fifty minutes. Knob of butter. Heaven.
 
2020-09-26 11:35:35 PM  

markie_farkie: Poke a shiat ton of holes in it, nuke for 11 minutes, let sit for 5 before slicing it in half lengthwise.


This.

It's WAY easier to cut it after it has cooked a while.

If you don't poke enough holes in it, though, it will explode. That's not actually all that terrible, but messier to clean out the seeds.
 
2020-09-26 11:39:31 PM  

Sarah Jessica Farker: markie_farkie: Poke a shiat ton of holes in it, nuke for 11 minutes, let sit for 5 before slicing it in half lengthwise.

This.

It's WAY easier to cut it after it has cooked a while.

If you don't poke enough holes in it, though, it will explode. That's not actually all that terrible, but messier to clean out the seeds.


I actually asploded one due to the fork holes not being deep enough.  It sounded like a small hand grenade when it blew.

If the microwave wasn't built into the wall I would have just put it on the curb.

What a mess!
 
2020-09-26 11:46:02 PM  

markie_farkie: Sarah Jessica Farker: markie_farkie: Poke a shiat ton of holes in it, nuke for 11 minutes, let sit for 5 before slicing it in half lengthwise.

This.

It's WAY easier to cut it after it has cooked a while.

If you don't poke enough holes in it, though, it will explode. That's not actually all that terrible, but messier to clean out the seeds.

I actually asploded one due to the fork holes not being deep enough.  It sounded like a small hand grenade when it blew.

If the microwave wasn't built into the wall I would have just put it on the curb.

What a mess!


I guess my exploding squash wasn't as bad. It made a bang, but it didn't seem to be all that messy. I have photos  of the aftermath somewhere, but it's on my currently lost hard drive and on an external emergency backup drive... I remember that it wasn't too hard to lift out major sections of the thing, remove seeds and then scrape out the good bits, but it was definitely exploded enough that I wanted to take photos.
 
2020-09-27 12:29:36 AM  
i cut in half, seed, then plop cut side down into a microwave safe glass dish with a little bit of water. then cook about 10 minutes. cook 5 min, then start checking if it's soft.

cool to handle, scoop out with fork.

serve with fresh pesto with LOTS of garlic! also good with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, peppery olive oil, and grated hard cheese, or crumbled goat cheese or feta. add any fresh herbs you like to the latter as well.
 
2020-09-27 2:43:56 AM  
Cut in half. Take the seeds out . Take butter and brown sugar and make a paste. Take walnuts and mix into paste. Fill the cavities with the paste mixture. Take out to your barbeque, wrap in tinfoil.  Set Barby to 350 cook for 15 minutes. Then take the tinfoil off and cook for another fifteen. Take it out , serve and enjoy.
 
2020-09-27 3:19:03 AM  
Cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds, then rub it down with a mix of olive oil, chili powder/paprika, brown sugar, and garlic salt.

Make sure there's a small puddle of the oil mix in the cavity.  Cook on the grill cut side up until the whole thing is a little soft when you squeeze it with your grill tongs.  The spicy-sweet flavor goes great with BBQ pork.  It's even better if it gets some smokiness from cooking over coals alongside your meat.
 
2020-09-27 5:59:11 AM  
I prep it like they do in the article, but instead of salt and pepper, I use a pepperspice blend that I got from this kick ass maple sugar farm in Vermont (maple sugar, black pepper, onion, garlic, and parsley). I prefer butter to olive oil, but either is good. I bake cup side down for the first 30 min, then flip em over cup side up for the remainder, then eat straight from the rind like I would a baked potato. Fewer dishes that way, I'm lazy.
 
2020-09-27 6:04:00 AM  
Prep and cook as described, though seeded, chunked, and oilS&P works too. Make pepitas out of the seeds. Marinara/meat sauce or olive oil, s&p and a finely grated hard cheese works well too. Stuff is super filling and healthy.
 
2020-09-27 8:28:29 AM  
Another vote for microwave or pressure cooker/instant pot if you have one.

I used it instead of egg noodles for Swedish Meatballs once, it was surprisingly tasty. The (mild) earthiness of the squash was well-complimented by the warm spices in the meatballs and the creamy sauce.

If you were going to eat it more plainly, I'd go with roasting in a little butter or olive oil as mentioned above.
 
2020-09-27 9:27:20 AM  
0. Nuke it for two minutes in your microwave. No holes needed, as this just softens it enough to cut it in half without hurting yourself.

My wife loves it and found a source for seeds to grown smaller "two-servings" sized ones.  When I buy one, I get the smallest one in the bin.  My wife buys the largest one and we have squash for four or five meals.
 
2020-09-27 9:54:10 AM  
steam it for about 20 minutes, carefully shred add butt salt pepper.
 
2020-09-27 9:55:25 AM  
Cut in half.

Throw in garbage.

Order Papa John's pizza.

/am I doing it right?
 
2020-09-27 10:24:52 AM  

luna1580: i cut in half, seed, then plop cut side down into a microwave safe glass dish with a little bit of water. then cook about 10 minutes. cook 5 min, then start checking if it's soft.

cool to handle, scoop out with fork.

serve with fresh pesto with LOTS of garlic! also good with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, peppery olive oil, and grated hard cheese, or crumbled goat cheese or feta. add any fresh herbs you like to the latter as well.


This is how I learned, well the cut in half, microwave with water part. After that I usyally sautee it with butter garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon.
 
2020-09-27 10:47:00 AM  

tjsands1118: luna1580: i cut in half, seed, then plop cut side down into a microwave safe glass dish with a little bit of water. then cook about 10 minutes. cook 5 min, then start checking if it's soft.

cool to handle, scoop out with fork.

serve with fresh pesto with LOTS of garlic! also good with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, peppery olive oil, and grated hard cheese, or crumbled goat cheese or feta. add any fresh herbs you like to the latter as well.

This is how I learned, well the cut in half, microwave with water part. After that I usyally sautee it with butter garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon.


i'm down with your recipe. the lemon is key. it needs a bit of acid from that, or tomatoes or what not. my pesto includes lemon (with the garlic), and tangy soft goat cheese sprinkled on this squash is superb. it's probably yumm sprinkled with any light vinaigrette at the table.

for the people doing sweet preps, i prefer that with a denser, nuttier squash like acorn or butternut, but don't see why it would be bad here... butter mixed with brown sugar is pretty much never "bad".
 
2020-09-27 11:16:40 AM  

luna1580: tjsands1118: luna1580: i cut in half, seed, then plop cut side down into a microwave safe glass dish with a little bit of water. then cook about 10 minutes. cook 5 min, then start checking if it's soft.

cool to handle, scoop out with fork.

serve with fresh pesto with LOTS of garlic! also good with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, peppery olive oil, and grated hard cheese, or crumbled goat cheese or feta. add any fresh herbs you like to the latter as well.

This is how I learned, well the cut in half, microwave with water part. After that I usyally sautee it with butter garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon.

i'm down with your recipe. the lemon is key. it needs a bit of acid from that, or tomatoes or what not. my pesto includes lemon (with the garlic), and tangy soft goat cheese sprinkled on this squash is superb. it's probably yumm sprinkled with any light vinaigrette at the table.

for the people doing sweet preps, i prefer that with a denser, nuttier squash like acorn or butternut, but don't see why it would be bad here... butter mixed with brown sugar is pretty much never "bad".


Agreed. Butternut is awesome for going sweet. Acorn I've found to be pretty neutral, though a seasoned (sage + rosemary) ground pork and wild rice filled acorn squish is amazing too.
 
2020-09-27 11:41:03 AM  

darkhorse23: I always bake mine, or put it in a pressure cooker, cut in half. Butter and salt is all it needs. So good.


I used garlic, olive oil, sauteed onions, and mushrooms last time. Both options are good
 
2020-09-27 1:05:59 PM  
Re-gift it to someone - tell them it's a loofah.
 
2020-09-27 1:07:32 PM  

theflinx: steam it for about 20 minutes, carefully shred add butt salt pepper.


Even in the Food tab, the answer is always butt stuff.
 
2020-09-27 4:40:01 PM  

Kat09tails: I usually have mine with actual spaghetti sauce or or chili.


I tried spaghetti squash with a pasta sauce and it was so off-putting it turned me off spaghetti squash.
 
2020-09-27 5:34:19 PM  
I really love Acorn squash split, roasted, and served up with a little butter and brown sugar (or maple syrup).

Or peel and chunk Butternut, roast with some red onion and beets, toss with some olive oil and greens (and maybe a little honey if the beets are not sweet enough).

But spaghetti squash has never been a favorite. Best recipe I've found so far.

1. Microwave 2-3 minutes on high to soften.
2. Cut into 2-3 inch chunks.
3. Place chunks in bowl, cover with cheap vodka, macerate 2-3 days.
4. Pile squash on grill's coal grate, place charcoal chimney over squash.
5. Fill chimney with lump charcoal.
6. Light squash.
7. When coals are fully engulfed with flame, dump chimney of coals on top of squash.
8. Place grill grate over coals.
9. When squash has burned off and coals are an even grey on the surface, lay two 2-3 inch thick cowboy ribeye steaks on grate, grill to medium rare.
10. Serve with the potatoes you baked in the oven, which was available because you weren't using it to cook spaghetti squash.
 
2020-09-27 5:37:51 PM  
Squash is too sweet for me to eat savory, so I'd go with one of the sweeter recipies here.

You might get some luck mixing with barbeque or taco seasoning, though...
 
2020-09-27 9:22:25 PM  
Subby here. Thanks to you all for these ideas. For this first effort, I decided to go with the basic olive oil, salt, pepper, and butter approach so I could see if I even like it. And I did! I've copied-pasties these suggestions into a document so I can refer back to them. Spaghetti squash is a dime a dozen around here this time of year so I'll have several opportunities to try them out.
 
2020-09-27 11:49:44 PM  
I think you have to like squash in order to like spaghetti squash.
 
2020-09-28 12:41:48 AM  

knobmaker: I think you have to like squash in order to like spaghetti squash.


protip: no-one likes squash.

I keed, I keed!

but don't make me bring up the stories of sittin' on our porch-swing, of a Sunday, holding a shotgun. in case the neighbors who also skipped church came a-sneakin' with baskets of squash to surreptitiously deposit.

/why yes, this is apparently A Thing entrusted to us pre-teen Ohio boys
//don't worry, thar's only rock-salt and sofer-pillies loaded in there
///bless your heart
 
2020-09-28 4:50:50 AM  
Stank cheese. Like feta or a mild goat cheese. Butter. Season very well. 375 cut I half face down. Ad cheese later. Small amounts.  Weird but works
 
2020-09-28 11:15:45 AM  

tintar: knobmaker: I think you have to like squash in order to like spaghetti squash.

protip: no-one likes squash.

I keed, I keed!


I don't like squash... as squash.  But I grow a bunch of butternut squash every year because it makes the best pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread, and pumpkin cookies.

I wish I liked squash, but it's still an essential crop for me.
 
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