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how to cut a spaghetti squash in half

How To Prepare Spaghetti Squash:

There are many ways to prepare spaghetti squash.  The most popular way is to bake it whole or halved in the oven.  The fastest way to cook spaghetti squash is in the microwave. Microwaving spaghetti squash will yield a softer “pasta” with shorter strands, while baking squash will yield more of an al dente bite to the squash with longer strands.

To Microwave Spaghetti Squash: Make sure that if you cook it whole (microwave or oven) you pierce the skin with a fork in several places to allow steam to escape. Cook on a microwave-safe dish for 10-20 minutes depending on the size of the squash. Smaller ones will take approximately 10 minutes, but bigger squash may take up to 20 minutes. After 10 minutes in the microwave, simply use a sharp knife to pierce the spaghetti squash to test how tender the squash is. Continue cooking at 2-3 minute intervals until done to your preference. Once cooked, remove, cut in half, scoop out seeds and use a fork to fluff and separate strands.

To Roast Spaghetti Squash: Preheat oven to 400F, cut squash in half (instructions below). Scoop out seeds, brush a little olive oil on the cut sides and bake facedown for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the squash. Remove from oven once tender and use a fork to separate the strands from the squash. You can serve like spaghetti, or you can add other ingredients like cheese, herbs, garlic, salt, pasta sauce or other, and bake again in the squash shell until the cheese melts.

To Boil Spaghetti Squash: Wipe down outside, cut in half, boil whole thing about 15 min. Then remove, drain and scoop out/discard seeds. Pull out strands and enjoy.

How To Cut Spaghetti Squash in Half:

To cut spaghetti squash in half, you’ll need a very sharp knife.  First, slice off the stem, place the squash cut-side down (this will stabilize it) on your cutting board and press the knife down through the centre of the squash.  To make a squash easier to slice in half, pierce the squash a few times and microwave it on high for 2 minutes.

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