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Quick Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Last night was one of those nights where I needed to eat and needed it to be ready in under 10 minutes. Looking through my not so full pantry, fridge, and freezer I didn’t see much. All I really had was a spaghetti squash, some frozen bolognese (leftover from Baked Ziti), and some fresh ricotta. Although I was a little skeptical, I decided to try cooking the spaghetti squash in the microwave and was pleasantly surprised – it came out great. The only change I would make next time would be to squeeze out some of the excess liquid after cooking, that you can see in the picture, but it tasted great and cut the cooking time down from 1 hour to about 5 minutes. Perfect for a quick meal or side dish. The recipe I am including is just for the spaghetti squash (I should have taken a picture of just that), but you can easily top it with just about anything. My meal which included 1/2 small spaghetti squash, 3/4 cup bolognese(3 pts), and 2 tbsp fresh ricotta(2 pts) rang in at 5 points plus total and completely hit the spot.

Quick Microwave Spaghetti Squash
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 1/2 spaghetti squash, about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 42 calories, 0g of fat, 10g of carbohydrates, 2g of fiber, 1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 0 *

Ingredients

  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • Salt
  • Fresh pepper

Instructions

  1. Carefully cut the spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  2. Season each half with salt and pepper.
  3. In a microwave safe dish add about 1/2 inch water or chicken broth to the bottom of the container. Add the spaghetti squash halves with flesh facing down. Microwave for 4-5 minutes until the flesh comes out easily with a fork.

Option 2: Take the whole spaghetti squash and pierce it with a knife in multiple places, like you are cooking a baked potato. Microwave the whole squash for 10-12 minutes until you can easily pierce it with a fork. Carefully cut in half, remove the seeds, and scrape the spaghetti squash out.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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5 Response to Quick Microwave Spaghetti Squash

  1. Caron on March 29, 2012

    I’ve cooked spaghetti squash in the microwave for years but never cut it first. Only once have I had it explode on one end because I didn’t poke enough holes. Cooking it whole takes about 15 to 20 minutes. I’m going to try your method and see how it works. Thanks. :)

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  2. Jennifer on March 30, 2012

    I made spaghetti squash just this week! I topped mine with chorizo chili (soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s)…Kind of like a Chili Mac. I’ve also had it “spaghetti style” too. YUM.

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  3. Robin on April 11, 2012

    I have spaghetti squash every evening for my supper! I love it.. :) All I do is cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, lay it flesh side down on a dinner plate with water on it, and microwave it for 6 minutes. I have never experienced the extra liquid you spoke about before? I pick up the half with a oven mitt and use my other hand and a fork to scrape the strings loose, then take out small fork fulls to seperate it a little easter. Add a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of salt, pepper and garlic powder, and some real parmesan and youre all set!! :) Yum.

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  5. Aneela on January 29, 2013

    I undercook the spaghetti squash so it stays firm then use it for stir-fry noodles. I start with onions, then diced up chicken breast then french cut green beans – season and cook till cooked :-), then add the spahetti squash strands. Stir. Serve. Yum! I also add crushed pepper and curry to emulate the Singapore Noodles dish from the Chinese take-out.

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