Spaghetti squash marinara

These easy spaghetti squash marinara bowls are so fun to eat and all the cooking is done in the microwave.  The key is to have your spaghetti squash "behave" like spaghetti and not a soggy mess!  For this meal, I pour out some readymade marinara sauce, add some fresh oregano and freshly grated parmesan cheese and dinner is ready in less than 15  minutes.

Tips for making easy spaghetti squash marinara bowls

Spaghetti squash.

It is important that the spaghetti squash be al dente (firm) to ensure the long, individual strands, and if you'd like to use the spaghetti squash as a bowl, the key is DO NOT overcook the squash as the outer layer will soften and collapse and the strands will be mushy.   Season the spaghetti squash before microwaving to ensure that the spaghetti strands are flavorful.  Check out Cooking perfect spaghetti squash or see the video.

Marinara sauce.

Use any of your favorite premade marinara sauces for these easy spaghetti squash marinara bowls. Heat the sauce in the microwave (or not) and pour directly into the spaghetti squash cavity.  Sprinkle with fresh oregano, black pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese on these easy spaghetti squash marinara bowls and enjoy!

Spaghetti squash marinara

Spaghetti squash marinara

How to cook spaghetti squash
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How to cook spaghetti squash perfectly!

2 ways to cook spaghetti squash: Microwave or bake. The trick is how you cut the squash that lends itself to long strands of "spaghetti"!
Prep Time5 minutes
7 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegetarian
Keyword: spaghetti squash
Author: Michelle Sam

Equipment

  • Foil if baking spaghetti squash
  • Microwave-safe plate if microwaving spaghetti squash

Materials

Instructions

  • Wash spaghetti squash.
  • Using a fork, poke holes into the spaghetti squash
  • Microwave the spaghetti squash for 3 minutes to slightly soften the skin.
  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half, latitudinally, along the equator. NOT lengthwise.
    Spaghetti squash cut lattitudinally along the equator
  • Add 1 Tbsp of butter and 1 tsp of mushroom bouillon to each half.

Microwaving spaghetti squash

  • Cover the prepared spaghetti squash with a microwave-safe plate.
  • Microwave the perpared spaghetti squash for 7-14 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave.
  • Remove spaghetti squash and gently scrape strands using a fork.

Baking spaghetti squash

  • Cover the prepared spaghetti squash with a piece of foil and place it on a baking tray.
  • Place it in a cold oven and preheat oven to 350° and then bake it for another 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove spaghetti squash and gently scrape strands using a fork.
    How to cook spaghetti squash

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