Side Dish Recipe: Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Side Dish Recipe: Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

When Autumn rolls around, there is one side dish recipe I always make — and usually a few times: Parmesan Spaghetti Squash. It’s so frugal, but so good!

If you aren’t familiar with spaghetti squash, it’s a winter squash that is oblong with a yellow, hard shell. The inside is a stringy, which is why the name “spaghetti” squash. One of the things I love about spaghetti squash, like other winter squash, is that they keep well. I buy when I see the prices the lowest and keep in a cool place. While I generally use within a week or so, you don’t have to — they will keep for about a month.

To make Parmesan Spaghetti Squash, carefully cut off the stem end and cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Use great care when doing this as the shell is hard. Then, using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and pulp (which can be discarded).

Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Place the cut spaghetti squash in a bowl or dish that will fit in your microwave. If your spaghetti squash is very large, you can cut into quarters to help it fit. Place a small amount of water in the bottom of the bowl (about 1/2″). Cover well with plastic wrap. Microwave on high until shell feels soft (where you can depress and pierce easily on the shell with a fork). Since microwaves vary so much, it’s hard to say how long it takes, but in my microwave, I start with about 6-8 minutes, then check it and continue in 3-5 minute intervals until it is done.

Remove from microwave and allow to cool slightly. Carefully remove plastic wrap (be careful – it will be hot). Remove spaghetti squash from bowl and allow to cool a bit more until able to be handled. Drain water from bowl.

Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

When spaghetti squash is cooled enough to be handled, use a fork and scrape strands by dragging the fork from one end to the other, loosening them up. Place strands back into your bowl and discard shell.

Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Mix in 4 tablespoons of butter into your warm spaghetti squash (if your strands aren’t warm, heat them up in the microwave a bit) until fully melted. Stir 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese into squash and stir until everything is mixed throughout the strands. If your squash was large or you prefer more butter or Parmesan cheese, feel free to add more as desired. This is one of the dishes that you can add more butter or Parmesan cheese, if you would like. Do what works for you. Also, this is really delicious with cooked and chopped bacon added too.

Parmesan Spaghetti Squash: add butter & Parmesan cheese

Season with salt and pepper.

Side Dish Recipe: Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Parmesan Spaghetti Squash
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Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Butter (4-8 tablespoons)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 - ½ cup)
Instructions
  1. Carefully cut stem end off of the spaghetti squash and then cut squash in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out seeds and pulp; discard.
  2. Place spaghetti squash in a bowl or deep dish (such as a pie plate) that will fit in your microwave. If necessary, cut squash in quarters to get it to fit. Add approximately ½" of water in the bottom of your bowl or dish. Cover securely with plastic wrap.
  3. Microwave squash on high for 6-8 minutes, or until shell feels soft. If shell isn't soft after 6-8 minutes, continue microwaving in 3-5 minute intervals until it is done. Remove from microwave and allow to cool slightly. Carefully remove plastic wrap very carefully to avoid hot steam. Remove spaghetti squash from bowl and allow to cool slightly until able to be handled. Drain water from bowl.
  4. When spaghetti squash is cooled enough to be handled, use a fork and scrape strands by dragging the fork from one end to the other, loosening them up. Place strands back into your bowl and discard shell.
  5. Mix in 4 tablespoons butter into your warm spaghetti squash (if your strands aren’t warm, heat in the microwave a bit) until fully melted. If spaghetti squash was large or you prefer more butter, stir in another 4 tablespoons. Stir in ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese into squash. If your squash was large or you prefer more Parmesan cheese, stir in another ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese until everything is mixed throughout the strands. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Notes
--Due to variances in size of the spaghetti squashes and the amount of strand you get from your squash, I have left the exact amount of the ingredients up to your personal taste. If you wish to use even more butter or Parmesan cheese, please feel free to adjust as desired.

--If you don't wish to microwave your spaghetti squash, place your cut spaghetti squash on a baking sheet, cut side down in an oven at 375 degrees F for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until shell is soft.

--Also wonderful with cooked bacon pieces added to it.

And serve!

Side Dish Recipe: Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

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