Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
This Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is the easiest and quickest way to cook spaghetti squash. If you don’t feel like roasting it for 45 minutes, then this recipe is perfect for you. Also, it’s great because you don’t need to turn on the oven. Spaghetti squash is a summer squash, which means when it’s in season, you definitely don’t want to be turning that oven on. It’s great in casseroles, as a pasta substitute or a side dish on its own. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
Another day in quarantine, another day of the same routine. If you’ve been following along on my blog, you know that I’ve been taking this time to build some healthy habits and create new routines that hopefully I can take with me, even after this pandemic is over. I finally feel like those routines are paying off. A few weeks ago, I got back down to my pre quarantine weight. Today I am the lightest I’ve been since before I started dating Dave, which is over five years. The scale is the only measurement, and not the only tool that I use to measure progress, but it is a tool that can be useful in tracking your goals.
The scale fluctuates day to day, and it’s not healthy to obsess over short term increments. In fact, I don’t weigh myself every day. Personally don’t think that is a healthy habit. But, the scale is a great tool to track long term goals, and I am almost over 20 lbs down since roughly the same time last year. I feel lighter and more toned (thanks 40 constructive days of yoga :)). My clothes are fitting better, I have more energy, and my gut feels so much healthier. I have less bloating, less pain, less discomfort. It hasn’t been easy by any means. But, I am so happy that I pushed through to get to this point. Now I am looking forward to making continued progress! Let me know below what new healthy habits you are trying to take on 🙂
A Delicious Pasta Alternative
There are so many pasta alternatives out there. It’s hard to choose which one is my favorite. As far as vegetable pasta alternatives, this one is probably favorite. If it is not number one, it’s tied for first place with sweet potato noodles. I know some of you are reading this and just had your mind blown that you can even use sweet potatoes as pasta sub. I like zoodles, but sometimes they get too soggy for me. However, they are my favorite substitute in my Chicken Zoodle Soup recipe. Spaghetti Squash is excellent because you can use it casseroles as a hearty base, I don’t have many casserole recipes up on the blog yet, but don’t worry they are coming! I assure you there will be lots of spaghetti squash ones!
Want a breakdown of Spaghetti Squash vs. traditional pasta? One cup of spaghetti squash has about 40 calories, while a cup of pasta has 220 calories. That’s a calorie savings of over 180 per cup! The other benefit is that spaghetti squash has more fiber. Fiber is beneficial for so many things, but two really important benefits it helps keep you fuller for longer and also helps the food slowly digest, which causes you to release insulin slowly, preventing spikes in blood sugar.
Nerdy Health Stuff
As mentioned above, spaghetti squash has a decent amount of fiber, but what makes fiber so great? Well first off 1 cup of spaghetti squash has about 2.2 G of fiber. This might not seem like a lot, but it’s over 9% of your recommended daily intake. While that might not seem like a lot, only 5% of Americans meet the daily requirements. So 9% in just one cup is a win in my book. Fiber has a whole host of benefits. The Mayo Clinic suggests fiber may lower blood sugar levels, improve the regularity of bowel movements, help lower cholesterol, and aid in achieving weight loss.
Besides, the fiber Spaghetti Squash has many other health benefits. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, potassium, B vitamins, and beta carotene. Beta carotene is an important component of eye health. Potassium has been shown to help lower blood pressure. Consuming spaghetti squash may increase your intake of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Spaghetti squash has also been shown to increase the Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids assist in regulating blood pressure and are known to have anti-inflammatory effects that protect against heart disease.
Tips, Recs, Subs
- If you don’t have an Instant Pot trust me you NEED one. I’ve linked the one below that I have and love!
- When cutting the squash, the best way to do it, in my opinion, is to cut it width-wise, not lengthwise. This gives you strands that are more likely to resemble actual spaghetti.
- You don’t need a knife to cut the squash. Simply take a fork, and stab the squash, and repeat in a line around the squash. When you’re done the squash will open right up.
- Scoop out the seeds before you cook it! For some weird reason, my dog LOVES spaghetti squash seeds, but she won’t eat them. Instead, she’ll take them and hide them in her bed. For days after, I’ll find random seeds in or near her bed. So bizarre.
- When cooking in the Instant Pot, cook flesh side down, this will keep water from accumulating in the squash.
- I LOVE this silicone sling for the Instant Pot. You put it in before you put the squash in, and when you’re done, you pull it right out. It’s also great for baked foods or holding your herbs and veggies when making bone broth.
- You can also cook the spaghetti squash whole, make a few slits in the squash with a knife so some of the pressure can be released. Then add to the instant pot, with the water, and cook for 20 minutes for a small or 25 minutes for a medium squash.
- A 6 Qt pressure cook can only fit up to a 2-3 lb squash.
Get the Ingredients
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How to Cut Spaghetti Squash Without a Knife
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- 2 Cups Water
- Cut the spaghetti Squash in half, I prefer to cut it width wise, not length wise, You get longer more spaghetti type strands this way (see video above). Remove the seeds. Place trivet in instapot. Add water, put squash flesh side down.
- Seal lid, make sure the valve is set to "Sealing" position. Cook on high for 8 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for a few minutes before moving valve to "venting" position.
- Remove the squash, once it's cooled, take a fork and scrap out the flesh squash so that it comes out in spaghetti like strands. Enjoy.
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