Grocery stores carry pre-cut celery, chopped sweet potatoes, and pre-washed lettuce. They even have a special machine to create baby carrots for you weirdos who enjoy that disgusting vegetable. These short-cuts are especially nice for us lazy folk who don’t have time to deal with mundane tasks like “peeling potatoes.” Why then is Spaghetti Squash not offered already spaghetti-ed!? I think most kitchen injuries could be prevented if we didn’t have to deal with cooking this squash on our own.
I’ve figured out the easiest way to make spaghetti squash – although nothing would compare to picking up a package already cooked. Basically, it’s all about how you cut it and how you cook it. I’ve obviously outlined this for you in 10 easy steps below.
1. If you’re cutting your spaghetti lengthwise, you’re doing it wrong. I don’t know if I’m the only idiot who didn’t realize this, but just in case, I thought I should pass along that information. I have almost lost a few digits one too many times trying to cut these things. While cutting it in half as shown above is still difficult, you don’t sweat from exerting yourself nearly as much.
2. I think we can all figure out how to get the seeds out before cooking. If not, use a spoon to scrape out the guts.
3. Place the squash on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for like 10 hours if you have any sort of patience. OR, do it my way and
4. Microwave it. Fill a microwave safe dish with a bit of water and place the squash in gut-side down. The squash I used last night was small so I got away with about 7 minutes. Larger ones might take more time. Once you can poke at it (with a fork if you don’t want to burn your finger) and can tell it’s pretty soft/bendable, you’ll know it’s done.
5. Remove the squash from the micro. Please use some sort of oven mitt unless you don’t like you hands. Then, just dive right in there and they’ll be burned off in no time.
6. Let the squash sit for at LEAST 10 minutes before trying to spaghetti it. Again, unless you don’t like your hands – by all means, immediately start man-handling it.
7. Seriously, keep waiting. You won’t get to enjoy the squash if you can’t feel your hands.
8. I speak from experience. Give it 15 minutes just for good measure.
9. The squash will easily pull apart with a fork. Scoop some onto a plate and top with meatballs, sauce, and cheeeeeeese.