Note: The original version of this post was shared in June 2014. In that time I’ve nerded out about spaghetti squash like I never would have imagined, learning a ton in the process, and many fantastic people have shared their knowledge in the comments. A major update was due, including a video (scroll to the end for 1 minute of spaghetti squash glory). If you want to see the original post, check it out here.
I have never been a big fan of spaghetti squash, because the “noodles” always came out really short and un-spaghetti-like. It seemed like a big sham. But every so often I would feel compelled to try again, and during one of those attempts I made a startling discovery. Here it is. We’ve been cutting spaghetti squash the wrong way.
Nearly every recipe for spaghetti squash that I’ve ever seen calls for cutting the squash lengthwise. It only makes sense, because most spaghetti squash are longer than they are wide. But this is plain wrong. Why? Because the strands run around the circumference of the squash, not down the length. Is your mind reeling yet? Hang in there, we’ll get through this together.