Spaghetti squash is a low-carber’s best friend.
Seriously! It only has four grams of net carbs per half cup and contains vitamin C, vitamin B6 and trace minerals such as potassium as well as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. All these nutrients are important to the body for good health, metabolism and muscle function. It also has a very mild flavor, which makes it a perfect addition to many recipes.
It is also ridiculously hard to cut when raw. And since I value the use of all of my digits, I scoured the internet to see if it was really necessary to cut the thing open before roasting it in the oven.
Good news! You don’t have to risk chopping off your fingers at all! I found several methods out there, ranging from rubbing oil on the outside of the spaghetti squash to adding water to the baking dish. Since I like to keep it simple, I didn’t do any of those things.
I’m not eating the outside so why waste the oil? Spaghetti squash contains around 92% water, and if it is not cut open, I highly doubt it will dry out so why add water? Another method suggested putting the whole squash on a parchment-lined baking sheet, but I’m not sure why. Again, another step and another valuable kitchen item not needed so why bother? I’m calling up my Inner Minimalist, folks.
Let’s see how simple this really can be, shall we?
Cook a Whole Spaghetti Squash in Your Oven
- Preheat oven to 350
- Wash and dry your squash
- Pierce it a few times with a sharp knife or fork
- Place it in a baking dish or on a baking sheet. A vintage 70s casserole dish is perfect! I used the one my mom made countless tuna casseroles in as a kid. Love that dish!
- Bake for 60-90 minutes
- The spaghetti squash is done when easily pierced by a fork
- Let it cool a few minutes, then cut it in half
- Scoop out the seeds and membranes (save the seeds to roast later!)
- Using a fork, shred the spaghetti squash into strands by pulling the fork through the flesh horizontally (across the wide part of the squash, not the long way)
- Season as desired and enjoy!
Because I love potatoes, and those are not my friend. Spaghetti squash is a great fooler. Check out these great spaghetti squash recipes, too!
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