Cooking in a microwave can drastically cut the cooking time of many foods, including spaghetti squash. There are many ways this squash can be cooked, such as baked, boiled or in a slow cooker, microwaving it can save time when you need to prepare a meal quickly.
Many people buy and prepare spaghetti squash as a healthy alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles. The squash is lower in calories than traditional pasta, with only 42 per cup. The spaghetti squash is also chock full of nutrients such as Vitamin A, potassium and beta-carotene, which traditional pasta noodles does not have.
Microwaving Spaghetti Squash
Before cooking spaghetti squash, whether in a microwave, in the oven or on top of the stove, the squash has to be prepared for cooking. Rinse the squash under cool water, gently scrubbing it with a vegetable brush to get rid of any remaining dirt clinging to it. Then dry it before attempting to cut it so the knife doesn’t slip and cut you.
Cut the bottom off the squash to stand it on end to make it easier to work with and then with a heavy-duty kitchen knife to cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. After it is cut in half, use a metal spoon or an ice cream scoop to take out scrape out the seeds and pulp. You can throw away the seeds and pulp.
Place the squash halves, cut side down, in a microwave safe baking dish and add about an inch of water to the dish. Place it into the microwave on high for 12 minutes. The spaghetti squash is done when the exterior of it is soft even to pierce with a fork. You can also microwave the squash dry instead of with water.
Instead of adding water, cover the microwaveable dish with microwave safe plastic wrap and microwave it on high for 7 to 10 minutes. If you can pierce the outside with a fork, it is done. With either method, let the squash cool for about 15 minutes before attempting to handle it.
Serving Spaghetti Squash
Once it is cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape out the strands of the squash into a large bowl. Once the strands of the spaghetti squash have been removed, you can serve them as you would regular spaghetti with sauce or add melted butter, salt, black pepper, and gently toss the strands before serving.