Trying to incorporate more veggies in your menu? Gluten free? Cutting carbs? This Instant Pot spaghetti squash is going to be your new best friend!
Spaghetti squash is a new one for me — I only tried it for the first time a few years ago. It’s something that’s available here locally, and I picked one up at the farmers market. Turns out? It’s a winner! For those of us who are avoiding wheat or gluten, this vegetable makes for a great substitute. Love zoodles? This squash gives you low-carb veggie noodles without all the work of spiralizing. Cooked spaghetti squash has an al dente feel to it, as it holds onto a bit of its crunch after it’s cooked.
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Spaghetti squash is a winter squash. You’ll start to see it in markets when it ripens in the fall. Don’t hesitate to pick up a few — spaghetti squash stores well. A whole squash will last at room temperature for months. (And hey — isn’t this enough to convince you to try to grow it??)
Instant Pot spaghetti squash
If you have an Instant Pot, it’s your ticket to a fast meal. This spaghetti squash only takes seven minutes to cook once your Instant Pot reaches pressure (about 10 minutes or so).
Can you cook a whole spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot?
Yes! You’ll need to increase the cooking time to 15 minutes. Follow the instructions below, piercing the spaghetti squash in several places rather than cutting it in half.
Can you cook a spaghetti squash in a conventional oven?
You certainly can. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Place spaghetti squash halves cut-side down on a baking sheet. (Setting them cut-side down helps retain some moisture, but nothing terrible will happen if you opt to cook them cut-side up!) Cook in a 350º oven for about 40 minutes, until a knife can easily slide into the flesh.
How to use spaghetti squash
Cooked spaghetti squash “noodles” can be used to replace pasta in all of your favorite dishes. Top it with butter and herbs, Grandma’s Alfredo sauce, or use it as the main ingredient in a “pasta” salad. You can also serve your spaghetti squash right in the shell. Use a fork to loosen the strands, then top top with your favorite Italian meat sauce and a bit of parmesan cheese.
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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash makes a great low-carb substitute for pasta. Making it in the Instant Pot is a snap!
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Cut spaghetti squash in half. Remove the seeds now or cook the squash with the seeds in. (I find it easier to scoop the seeds out once it's cooked.)
Set a wire trivet in the base of the Instant Pot insert; add 1" of water. Place squash on trivet. (If the halves don't fit into your Instant Pot, cut them again making quarters.
Set lid in place, close vent, and set the cook time to 7 minutes on manual.
When the timer goes off, use a quick release to allow steam to vent. To do this, use tongs to move the valve into the "venting" position. Once pressure is released, remove the lid and carefully lift the spaghetti squash out onto a plate. Allow to cool.
If you left the seeds in for cooking, use a spoon to remove those, then use a fork to separate the cooked strands of spaghetti squash from the pot.
To cook a spaghetti squash whole, increase the cooking time to 15 minutes and pierce the spaghetti squash in several places rather than cutting it in half.
To cook a spaghetti squash in a conventional oven, cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Place cut sides down on a baking sheet. Cook in a 350º oven for about 40 minutes, until a knife can easily slide into the flesh