Cook spaghetti squash in your Instant Pot for an evenly-cooked squash in a fraction of the time it takes to prepare it in an oven! This healthy and easy recipe is a great side dish. Or use it in place of pasta and serve with spaghetti sauce!
I had such an unusual food situation as a kid. My mom introduced me to a lot of different types of food that most people don’t try until they’re adults. My love for food was evident early and I think she saw that and ran with it! Seafood, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, oysters and spaghetti squash were all common fare in our house.
I loved the way my mom prepared spaghetti squash. She’d let butter melt into it just out of the oven and I’d devour every stringy bite! I’ve recreated her baked version over the years, but my hangup is that it takes so long to cook! Enter the magical Instant Pot! One spaghetti squash cooks in a fraction of the time it takes to prepare it in an oven.
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Cut the squash in half lengthwise using a sharp knife. Use a paring knife or spoon to scoop out the seeds from the centers of the halves.
Pour 1 1/2 cups water into the Instant Pot and place trivet in pot and add the squash to the pot, cut sides up.
Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 8 minutes and cook on high pressure (use the pressure cook setting). It will take the pressure cooker around 15 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
When cooking time is done, do a quick release and set valve to venting. When the float valve drops, remove the lid and carefully remove the squash halves.
Use a fork to “shred” the flesh of the squash into spaghetti-like strands. Mix in a few pats of butter and serve!
RECIPE TIPS: HOW TO COOK SPAGHETTI SQUASH TO PERFECTION!
Serving spaghetti squash can be really simple! A pat of butter is all you need to dress this side dish up. Parmesan cheese sprinkled over top tastes great, too.
Take advantage of the thick skin and use it as a built-in bowl!
It is called spaghetti squash for a reason! The flesh resembles thin spaghetti noodles, so see this as an opportunity to make pasta night healthier by using spaghetti squash in place of traditional noodles.
It can be TOUGH to cut one of these beauties, so be careful! Use a sharp chef knife, if possible. Cut 1-inch “markers” down the length of one side as a template for where you plan to cut, one side at a time.
I cook with a 6 quart Instant Pot, but an 8 quart pot will work fine, too!
HOW MANY CARBS IN SPAGHETTI SQUASH?
There are approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates in 1 cup of cooked spaghetti squash, which is about the amount you will get from one of its halves.
HOW MANY CALORIES IN SPAGHETTI SQUASH?
There are approximately 40 calories in 1 cup of cooked spaghetti squash, which is about the amount you will get from one of its halves.
IS SPAGHETTI SQUASH KETO FRIENDLY?
Spaghetti squash is very low in carbs, making it acceptable to eat when on the keto diet.
CAN YOU FREEZE SPAGHETTI SQUASH?
Since the delicious yellow squash is seasonal, it is a great food to freeze and enjoy in an off-season month! Allow the squash to cool completely after cooking. Remove the flesh from the skin using a spoon and transfer to a resealable freezer bag. Seal tightly and freeze for up to 6 months.
OTHER DELICIOUS SPAGHETTI SQUASH RECIPES AND IDEAS!
Substitute it for traditional spaghetti noodles!
Make these delicious Beef and Cheese Boats!
Add it to your next batch of scrambled eggs or even an omelet.
Use it in place of rice noodles in Pad Thai!
DELICIOUS HEALTHY SIDE DISH OPTIONS
Don’t stop with squash! Check out a few of my other favorite easy, healthy sides!
OTHER DELICIOUS INSTANT POT RECIPES
The list of recipes you can make in an Instant Pot is endless! It can act as a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, rice maker, yogurt maker and pressure cooker. It can cook soup, chili, pasta, meat, potatoes, veggies, cake, beans and so much more. Here are a few of my favorite Instant Pot recipes:
WHY DOES IT TAKE MY INSTANT POT SO LONG TO HEAT UP?
The time leading up to actual cook time may seem long and even confusing (“What is going ON in there?!”), but it’s an important part of the process! The Instant Pot is working on building up the appropriate amount of pressure that it will be cooking the food at. It handles liquids and solids differently and also fresh and frozen differently, so the time can vary. Most recipes take between 10 and 25 minutes to build up pressure.
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
- 1 spaghetti squash cut in half lengthwise
- Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds from the centers of the spaghetti squash halves.
- Pour 1 1/2 cups water into the Instant Pot and place trivet in pot.
- Add the squash to the pot, cut sides up.
- Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 8 minutes on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 13 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
- When cooking time is done, do a quick release. When the float valve drops, remove the cover and carefully remove the squash halves.
- Use a fork to “shred” the flesh of the squash into spaghetti-like strands. Mix in a few pats of butter and serve!