Love spaghetti squash but hate the amount of time it takes to make it in the oven?
We all know that after it's cooked, those beautiful long yellow strands are a terrific (and vitamin-packed) substitute for pasta... and make a delightfully different side dish.
But did you know you can make spaghetti squash in the microwave? All you need is a pie plate!
Here's how to make spaghetti squash in five-easy steps:1. Wash and dry the 3 to 4 pound squash thoroughly. 2. Place the squash on your cutting board. Insert a large, heavy-duty chef's knife lengthwise in the middle of the squash. Carefully slice the squash towards the end. Remove the knife, turn the squash. Insert the knife again and slice toward the uncut end until it opens. 3. With a metal spoon, scrape out the seeds and pulp until you reach the hard flesh. (Be sure to save the seeds and roast them!) 4. Pour ¼ cup of water into the bottom of a microwave-safe pie plate. Place one half of the squash face down in the water. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes on high in the microwave. You’ll know it’s ready when the squash is soft and you can easily squeeze or press it. (Note: If your microwave doesn’t rotate, turn the dish ¼-way around after 8 minutes of cooking. Continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes until cooked). Remove the cooked squash half from the pie plate. Place remaining squash half on the pie plate with ¼ cup water if necessary. Repeat. 5. When both squash halves cool, remove the yellow “spaghetti” flesh with a fork.
Pretty easy, don’t you think? If you buy smaller spaghetti squash, you can sometimes place them side by side and microwave them both at the same time.
So bring a little sunshine into your kitchen this week... spaghetti squash is in season now!
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