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Spaghetti Squash Noodle Recipe

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is such a wonderful and versatile vegetable. Spaghetti squash requires its own preparation to keep its signature strands of noodle-like squash intact. So let's learn how to cook it in three ways: in the electric pressure cooker, in the oven, and in the microwave. Here are all of our best tips for how to cut and cook perfect!

Soniya Saluja

Soniya. Saluja

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)  

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Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

So coming back to our recipe. If you have spaghetti squash and you were thinking about cooking in your Electric pressure cooker / Instant Pot / Mealthy Multi Pot. Great! This post covers the different ways one could approach cooking spaghetti squash noodle. Keep an open mind and you can turn these bland vegetable strands into amazing flavorful dishes! All that just by cooking it and adding so many flavors and texture. The possibilities are ENDLESS.

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

What is Spaghetti Squash?  

Spaghetti squash is a vegetable from the squash family. When cooked the meat of the fruit turns into angel hair-like strands hence the name spaghetti squash noodle. Spaghetti Squash comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, including ivory, yellow and orange, with yellowish and orange having the highest amount of carotene. Its center contains many large seeds and when raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash. When cooked, the meat of the fruit falls away from the flesh in ribbons or strands that look like spaghetti/ noodles. Spaghetti Squash can be stored at room temperature for about a month.  After cutting, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days.  This type of squash also freezes well.

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

It is a low carb replacement

When giving up carbs,  things like Rice, Pasta, and Noodles can be one of the most difficult parts. There are many great dishes that call for rice, noodles, and pasta and you might be wondering how you would make them without being able to use them. That is where low carb spaghetti squash comes in.

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

How to Cook in a Microwave 

The oven and microwave are two tried-and-true cooking options for spaghetti squash, but last fall  I discovered I could cook it in my electric pressure cooker, seriously ! and I will never cook a spaghetti squash the same way again.

  • Use one medium-size Spaghetti Squash.  Use a sharp knife to pierce the squash (all the way to center) in a few places to allow steam out when cooking.
  • Microwave for 5 minutes on high 100% setting; rotate 180 degrees and microwave for another 5 minutes until squash shell is soft to the touch. Carefully remove from microwave and let rest for 5 minutes to allow squash to finish cooking inside.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut each end off of the squash.  Next cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Allow the squash to cool for a couple of minutes.  Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.  Discard the seeds. 
  • Instant Pot simplifies the process of making Spaghetti Squash Noodle. Check out the options in the recipe card

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

How to cook in an Oven

  • Start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise. The outer flesh is pretty hard, so you’ll need a large, sharp knife.
  • Scoop the seeds and stringy pulp out of the center.
  • Now, brush olive oil all over the inside of each half.
  • Then place the spaghetti squash on a foil-lined baking sheet cut-side down.
  •  Place in an oven at 400° and bake for 30-45 minutes. The cooking time will vary based on the size of the squash and the thickness of the flesh. You’ll know yours is done when the squash pulls easily away from the skin.
  • Instant Pot simplifies the process of making Spaghetti Squash Noodle. Check out the options in the recipe card

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

Pro Tips

Cut into halves and cleaned out – This option is the quickest and easiest! Spaghetti squash cooks in halves and lets you scoop the spaghetti strands out super easily.

Get Longer Spaghetti Squash Strands

By cutting the squash in half across its width (rather than length), you can get long strands of the squash, better for mimicking our favorite pasta staple.

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

How does it taste?

If you close your eyes, you’ll think you’re eating angel hair pasta. .It doesn’t have a ton of flavor, which actually is a great thing when it comes to feeding kids! There’s no veggie flavor masking here – you can truly make it taste however you wish.

Here are some ways to serve this Instant Pot spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash noodles work well together in

Keto, Low Carb, and Weight Watchers Approved

Another great thing about using spaghetti squash in your dinner recipes is that it is approved on most diets. If you are eating a low carb or keto diet, these low carb spaghetti squash noodles are 5.5 net carbs per cup. If you are on Weight Watchers, spaghetti squash is on the 0 point list. 

Let me know in the comments how you will be serving your spaghetti squash. Have a happy and healthy Summer!

Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

Spaghetti Squash Noodle (Pressure Cooker + Oven + Microwave oven)

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium size Spaghetti squash( 2lb or 3lb)
  • 1 cup water
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Electric pressure cooker

Instructions

  1. How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in Instant Pot
  2. Start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise.  Please be careful, when you cut open your squash. It has a very tough skin.
  3. Scoop the seeds and stringy pulp out of the center. 
  4. Pour a cup of water in the Instant Pot.
  5. Place the trivet on top.
  6. Then place the spaghetti squash in the instant pot cut side up or down it doesn't matter.
  7. Pressure cook for 7 Minutes .
  8. Release the pressure immediately QR .
  9. Open the lid and carefully remove the trivet out of the pressure cooker.
  10. hold the spaghetti squash with a oven mittens and use a fork to scrape the inside to create squash strands.
  11. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4-6 days.

Notes

Storage

Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4-6 days.

Notes

2 lbs spaghetti squash yielded roughly 6 cups of cooked squash; 3 lbs generated roughly 8 cups

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Erin

Monday 11th of January 2021

If you want the longer noodles and cut in half width-wise instead of length-wise, would the cook time still be the same (7 minutes in IP)? Want to try this!

Soniya Saluja

Monday 11th of January 2021

Hi Erin, yes the cook time remains the same.

Pat

Monday 21st of December 2020

Love spaghetti squash cooked in ip. I cook mine whole and remove seeds after it’s cooked. I tried something I would like to share. Place Cooked spaghetti squash and butter in electric skillet, salt and pepper to taste, brown bottom of squash, make several nest in squash and break one raw egg in each nest, put lid on skillet and simmer till eggs are set. Keto and delicious

Linda Peet

Thursday 15th of October 2020

I used Italian sausage spaghetti sauce plus one teaspoon of Italian seasoning in layers with mozzarella cheese and one pound of hamburger cooked with garlic and onion and drained. Was the hit of the potluck.

MP

Tuesday 11th of June 2019

I love spaghetti squash! It's soooooo good!

Amanda Krieger

Tuesday 11th of June 2019

I love spaghetti squash! And I'm glad to know I can cook it in an instant pot instead of having to have the oven on all day in the summer time!

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