Save time by perfectly cooking your spaghetti squash in the instant pot! If you’ve roasted a spaghetti squash in the oven before you know it’s an experience that requires patience. And being that toddlers aren’t typically known for that particular qualify I needed to speed things up a bit when it comes to getting dinner on the table! Hello Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash!!!
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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
You can cook spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot in just 7 minutes, plus the time it takes to come to pressure (which is usually an extra 10 minutes or so). It normally takes 45-60 minutes to bake a spaghetti squash in the oven so the Instant Pot is a real winner here.
How to Cut Spaghetti Squash
I use a sharp knife to slice this hard squash in half across the width. I prefer to cut the squash this way instead of lengthwise because it’s not only easier to hold but I find it more tender than the ends. If your knife gets stuck while cutting, keep the squash stable and pull the knife out of the squash a little then cut down at a different angle to continue the cut.
Can I Cook A Whole Spaghetti Squash In The Instant Pot
Yes! Select a spaghetti squash that will fit in your Instant Pot then pierce the spaghetti squash with a knife to allow venting. Place the squash on the metal trivet that comes with your Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure (or manual) for 15 minutes for a 3-pound squash. For a larger spaghetti squash cook for 18-20 minutes on high pressure. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure. Then carefully remove the squash using oven mitts. Let the squash cool slightly before slicing it in half and removing the seeds with a spoon.
What Does Spaghetti Squash Taste Like
Spaghetti squash is pretty bland, it has a very mild flavor that lends well as a base to many dishes. It’s more hydrating and not as starchy as other winter squashes, like butternut or acorn and it’s also not as sweet in flavor. I love this squash for savory preparations.
Is Spaghetti Squash Healthy
Yes, spaghetti squash is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. It also contains B Vitamins like riboflavin, niacin and thiamin. This squash also has a high fiber content that aids digestion.
When Is Spaghetti Squash In Season
Spaghetti squash is harvested in the Fall but it can last for months when stored in a cool, dry place. It is usually available from Fall through Winter.
How Long Can You Store Spaghetti Squash
You can store an uncooked squash for months in a cool, dry place. After you’ve cooked the squash, kept it stored in the fridge for up to a week! It’s awesome for meal prep.
How To Serve Spaghetti Squash
The versatility of spaghetti squash is one of the things that makes it a true winner! You can add in a veggie to your “pasta” dish and top with the sauce of your choosing, bake it into a casserole like this Spaghetti Squash Pepperoni Pizza Bake, or season it up in a stir fry. The possibilities are truly endless. What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash? Tell me below in the comments so we can share ideas together!
More Easy Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
- Instant Pot Hidden Veggie Pear Applesauce
- Healthy Chicken Potato Soup
- Clam Chowder
- Korean Beef
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Save time by perfectly cooking your spaghetti squash in the instant pot! It’s so easy!
- 1 small or medium sized spaghetti squash, cut in half (hamburger style – see pictures in recipe)
- 1 cup of water
- After cutting the spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and set aside (these can be roasted if you choose)
- Fit the instant pot steamer basket inside the instant pot.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the instant pot.
- Load the spaghetti squash onto the steamer rack in the instant pot and secure the lid.
- Set the steamer valve to sealing and select manual / high pressure for 7 minutes.
- After the cooking is complete quick release steam and allow to depressurize then remove the lid.
- Allow the squash to cool or use oven mitts to remove it and shred with a fork.
- You can eat the spaghetti squash plain with salt and pepper or as a base to other recipes. Spaghetti squash makes a great pasta or rice replacement if you’re looking to add in more veggies to a meal.
- Eat and enjoy!
- Calories: 84
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