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How to Cut Spaghetti Squash and Cook in the Microwave

Slicing open and cooking the hard-skinned spaghetti squash is as easy as can be with this method! EatingWell's Jessie Price shows a simple technique to cut open and prepare spaghetti squash, a delicious alternative to pasta. Throw it all in the microwave to cook, and voilà: an instantly delicious start to dinner.

Spaghetti squash season, these things are all over at the farmers' market right now. But you get it home, what do you do with it? Marinara sauce is the obvious answer, but it's a little bit boring. But don't worry, we have a lot of great ideas for what to do with it. But, here's the real question: how the heck do you deal with these beasts? They're intimidating to chop into. I'm going to show you how to do it. Take a chef's knife. A heavy knife, please. Poke it right into the middle. Use a towel on the back to get a grip. Push it all the way through. Use your muscles. Alright, spin it 180 degrees. Poke that tip right back in the middle. And, again with the towel on the back, push it all the way through. Alright, there we go. Now we're ready to scoop out the insides with a spoon, get rid of all those seeds. Put the halves into a dish with a couple tablespoons of water. Put that into your microwave. Cook it on high for 10 minutes. And you pull it out and you are ready to get those strands out. You take your fork and you scratch it right along the surface and you get all the strands. And, voilà., it looks like this—cooked spaghetti squash, ready to go in your recipes. Now, here's the magic of spaghetti squash. This stuff has 42 calories a cup. Compare that to pasta, pasta's 221. Unbelievable magic. For recipes, go to eatingwell.com
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