Spaghetti Squash 101

Learn how to buy, prep, and roast this centerpiece squash.
Published December 1, 2015

Spaghetti squash is the original zoodle. The scraped out flesh looks and acts (kind of) like, what else, spaghetti. 

Luckily buying spaghetti squash is simple. The first thing to do is make sure it has a dry, rounded stem and isn’t cracked. Once you locate squash that fit that bill, examine the vegetable and make sure it is firm, dry, and the rind is free of soft spots. What’s more: the skin should be very thick and hard.

Watch the below video to see how to prepare and cook.

Step 1
Starting with washed squash, halve it lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Place the halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet, add a small amount of water, and roast in the oven until tender.

Step 2
When the squash is cool enough to handle, rake up the strands with a fork.