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anunez Jan 24, 2008 06:57 AM

Just wondering if anyone has ever tried to cook spagetti squash in the microwave. Normally I cut mine in half, seed and then roast it but have heard its possible to nuke it and I am sure thats much quicker. thanks

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    Snowflake RE: anunez Jan 24, 2008 07:05 AM

    I pierce it with a knife all over, throw it in the micro and set it for 8 minutes. Then i turn it over and go for another 5 or so and keep repeating until liquid is coming out of the piercings and it gets a tiny bit soft.
    I'd also be interested if someone has an exact method.

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      cackalackie RE: anunez Jan 24, 2008 07:14 AM

      Yes. I cut it in half (and seed it). Place one half cut-side down and the other half on top of it, cut-side down (however if fits in your rectangular glass/pyrex dish). Place a little bit of water in the dish, cover with cling film, making sure it's sealed all around. Microwave about 14 minutes. Then remove, and grab each half with tongs (it's hot) and scrape it out into a dish.

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        valerie RE: anunez Jan 24, 2008 07:15 AM

        I also pierce and microwave for about 5 or 6 minutes until it gets soft enough to cut it. Then I cut in half, put some olive oil on it and bake it face down on 375 for about 1/2 hour. I like it better than just microwaving it entirely.

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          chowser RE: valerie Jan 24, 2008 09:11 AM

          That's what I do, too. You do have to be careful not to microwave too much or it's hard to remove the seeds. When you start scooping, you get spaghetti squash with it. I find it hard to cut when it's hard.

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            valerie RE: chowser Jan 24, 2008 10:59 AM

            Yes, you are right. And it is hot as hell so it makes it even harder to get the seeds out!

        2. love2bake RE: anunez Jan 24, 2008 07:18 AM

          I cut mine in half and seed it, then put it in a dish with a tablespoon or two of water in the bottom, and cover the whole thing with plastic wrap. I zap it for 5 minutes or so, and check it...then a couple minutes at a time until it's done.

          1. Miss Needle RE: anunez Jan 24, 2008 11:38 AM

            I generally don't use microwaves, but read in Cooks Illustrated that it was the preferred way of cooking spaghetti squash.

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              violabratsche RE: anunez Jan 24, 2008 12:55 PM

              I prefer the results of a spaghetti squash cooked in the microwave over those cooked in the oven, whether roasting whole, or splitting, seeding and cooking in the oven, cut side down in water.

              AnnieG

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                anunez RE: anunez Jan 24, 2008 01:10 PM

                thank you so much all!

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