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Spaghetti Squash--how do I cook it?

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  1. MrsKitty

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    I have a spaghetti squash I want to cook. What do I do with the thing? Slice it in half, add olive oil and bake? Nuke it?
     
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    Just like regular spagetti. Boil it for about 8 minutes or so. To see if it's ready, do what my grandma used to do. Take a piece and toss it at the cupboard. If it sticks, it's ready. ;e
     

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    It will "string" before it is cooked? I didn't think it would.

    Cupboard, ceiling, what's the difference? ;f
     
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    You can cut in half place face down on plate and nuke.

    Better to boil probably 15 or 20 minutes--till cooked-depends on size cut in half lengthwise, remove seeds before cooking.

    scrape the strings out with a fork grate parmesan over them maybe a little salt and butter.

    Or your favorite sauce.
     
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    The right way-

    Cut squash in half, the long way. Lay cut-face down on a greased cookie sheet with about 1'2" of water on the sheet. Bake at 350f for about 35-45 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the side. You may need to add more water as the squash steams.
    Carefully remove squash, scoop out insides and serve with sauce, butter or whatever you like.
     
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    We nuke it whole, then cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, and then take out the meat and serve with sauce over the top. Young squash can be cut up and sauteed like summer squash.
     
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    I cut it in half and nuked half tonight. Yummy! :) Tomorrow night the other half goes in the oven.

    Can I cook it then mix it with sauce and top with cheese then bake it like you would lasagna or baked spaghetti? Or is that enough to turn it to mush?
     
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    I scoop the seeds and bake it at 350 degrees cut-side down until tender.
    Meanwhile, heat 1 stick of butter (scoop out foam as it heats) until it just starts to brown. Add the squash, a generous amount of salt & pepper, a dash of red pepper flakes, about 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon dried or 1-2 tablespoons fresh sage. You can also add crushed garlic, chives, or scallions. The same also works well for most winter squash (the other varieties are just mashed/pureed).
    It pairs well with roast pork loin with a dried fruit stuffing and a nice Pinot Noir.
     
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    I think it would turn it to mush. Try cooking it only about 1/2 way then do the baked with sauce idea.
     
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    The first one I ever fixed wasn't cooked enough to string ;g Last night's was wonderful! :)

    I am gonna try to find the happy medium there to rebake it. This summer I diced up some zuchinni, yellow squash, tomato, pepper, onion and mixed with italian herbs and hamburger then covered with mozorella and baked until browned. Everybody loved it. I want to try the same thing with the spaghetti squash.
     
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    I soak mine in water for about an hour, split it in half, add butter and pepper to either half, wrap in foil and cook on 425 for 1 hour.


    Love it.
     
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    I figured it out!

    I nuked the spaghetti squash until almost done-plenty done enough to string.

    I mixed it with sausage, hamburger, onion, green bell pepper, diced tomatoes from a friend's garden (they are almost gone for the year ;1 ) and pesto. Covered it with mozorella (sp?) and baked until the cheese was brown. Yummy!
     
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    I'll be right over - set another place setting.


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