Using spaghetti squash is a great substitute for spaghetti noodles. I make my spaghetti sauce like normal and put ground beef or ground turkey in it, then just pour it over cooked spaghetti squash.
The only problem is that spaghetti squash normally takes a long time to cook in the oven! Spaghetti is typically a meal that we moms like to cook for an easy, fast dinner. If you have to take 45 minutes to cook your squash, that is not a fast meal.
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Enter the Instant Pot!
If you have yet to get an Instant Pot, it should definitely go on your Christmas wish list this year! This handy kitchen tool has saved us from ordering pizza hut on many occasions! I forget to set out the chicken to thaw? No problem, the Instant Pot can cook it frozen in 30 minutes!
I cooked a whole chicken in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes! It’s so easy that you can teach your children how to do it!
I have the 6 quart Instant Pot, and hope to get the 8 quart soon. There are many nights where I could have two Instant Pots cooking at once (for example, chicken in one, rice in the other), so I don’t feel it would be a waste.
My 13 year son is absolutely in love with making movies. He begs his siblings all the time to make movies with him. What does this have to do with spaghetti squash?
I realized I could use that creative desire of filming movies and have him make videos for the blog. So here is the first video he made for the blog, all on how to cook spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot! The poor lighting in the beginning was my fault, otherwise I thought he did a good job!
So what are the basic instructions?
Cut up the Squash, scoop out the seeds, put the squash in the Instant Pot with the skin part down, cut side up facing you. Put one cup of water at the bottom of the Instant Pot, put the lid on and turn it on manual for six minutes. Yes, that’s right, just six minutes!
Let it heat up, cook, and then you can do a quick release. Carefully open the lid and take a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash to create “noodles” out of it.
Eat plain or cover with sauce!
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