Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash – CPC #9

To put it simply, I adore spaghetti squash.

Spaghetti Squash Bowl5

It is one of those vegetables that does not have a particularly strong flavor and thus, can be dressed up any way you see fit.

spaghetti squash bowl

One of the most popular and my personal favorite ways to eat spaghetti squash is to treat like pasta and top with marinara or bolognese sauce and Parmesan cheese.

spag squash

It belongs in the winter squash family and can be roasted, boiled, microwaved, or slow cooked in a crock pot.  Until this week, I had only ever roasted and microwaved spaghetti squash, but I really enjoyed the ease of the crock pot.

spag squash cooked

A 1 cup serving contains 9% of your recommended daily intake of fiber, is very low in carbs and has only 42 calories, so if weight loss is your goal, it can be a good swap for pasta.  Although that is not my goal right now, I personally love spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta because it doesn’t leave me feeling sluggish like a giant bowl of pasta sometimes does.

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Once a spaghetti squash has been cooked, you just scrape the inside with a fork and out comes long strands resembling spaghetti.  Imagine that!?

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It’s actually thinner than spaghetti, more like an angel hair pasta, but let’s not get too technical.  😉

Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash

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1.  Wash your spaghetti squash and remove any stickers or labels.

2.  Place in a slow cooker with 2 cups of water and cook on high for about 3-4 hours (or on low for longer, probably about 6-7 hours?).

3.  Cut in half and remove seeds from the center.  (Keep in mind: water may be soaked up during cooking and may come out when you cut it open, so just be careful.)

4.  Scrape the insides with a fork.  Place in a bowl and add your favorite sauce and/or toppings.

Spaghetti Squash Bowl4

 

Last night, I finally completed my 10th and final crock pot recipe for the Crock Pot Challenge! Just in the nick of time!

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7 thoughts on “Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash – CPC #9

  1. Meghana February 28, 2013 at 9:23 am Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    I don’t have a slow cooker so how exactly did you prepare it when you boiled, roasted, or microwaved it?
    Thanks!!

    • lrsaar March 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm Reply

      Hi! So I’ve never personally tried boiling it although I’ve heard you can, and I microwaved it once a long time ago but I can’t remember how long I let it cook. You could probably try googling those methods to find out. However, I do normally roast spaghetti squash – first cut it in half and lay cut side down on a pan. Roast it in the oven on 425 for about 45-60 min, depending on the size of the squash. Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Kim February 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for posting this how-to with spaghetti squash! I’ve been wanting to try making it but have been apprehensive. I’m definitely going to try this recipe soon! Btw…I love that you’re from Chicago! I’m from Northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes outside of the city.

    • lrsaar March 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm Reply

      We are very close then! Good luck with the spaghetti squash, hope you like it! 🙂

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