I was incredulous the first time I tasted spaghetti squash- how could there be a vegetable that mimicked spaghetti noodles so perfectly? When I’ve served spaghetti squash to friends and family in lieu of pasta, they can’t believe how great it tastes! (And then there’s the whole conversation that follows- “How did you make it into such perfect strings? It couldn’t possibly just come like that!”)
If cooked properly, spaghetti squash should have fairly bland, slightly sweet taste. Its texture should be similar to that of cooked pasta noodles- soft but not mushy.
A ripe squash is uniformly creamy yellow one with no green patches. It should have smooth, unblemished skin. Soft patches may indicate fungus or bruising. Don’t purchase an unripe spaghetti squash as it will not ripen after picking.
Store your spaghetti squash at room temperature. It should keep fresh for several weeks. Alternatively, store in a cool place and it will keep for several months.
Check out my “How to Make Spaghetti Squash” post for photo step-by-step instructions.