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I don’t know about you, but I’m always scared I’m going to chop a finger off while cutting a large squash in half. I was bemoaning my fear to my mom at Thanksgiving and she said, “Why do you cut it in half?”
“Because everyone does.”
She said, “I don’t.”
My mom just sticks the whole darn thing in the oven then cuts and scoops out the seeds after it’s cooked. It takes a little bit longer that way but nothing noteworthy. It only added about 15-20 minutes which was totally worth saving my fingers.
I took it a step further. I stick the whole squash (if it fits) in my pressure cooker. Instead of 1-1.5 hours, it only takes about 15-20 mins.
You can also do this in a slow cooker.
Bigger squash take longer than small squash so you’ll want to test poke occasionally.
Pressure Cooker Spaghetti Squash
- 1 spaghetti squash, small enough to fit in your pressure cooker (or squash of your choice)
- 1 cup water
Place water in your cooker, set spaghetti squash on the bracket to keep it out of the water. Bring to pressure and cook for 17 mins. Quick release the pressure (according to your cookers directions), do not open until the pressure valve is open. Test squash with a fork. If it’s not soft enough for the fork to enter easily, bring back to pressure for another 3-5 mins (it’s already hot so it shouldn’t take too long to bring back up to pressure).
Once your squash is soft, cut in half and scoop out seeds.
Whole Cooked Squash in an Oven
- 1 squash
- olive oil or coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat squash with oil. Place on a cookie sheet. Cook squash for about 1 hour or until soft enough to pierce with a fork. A larger squash will take longer than a smaller squash.
Once soft, cut squash in half and scoop out seeds.
Whole Cooked Squash in a Slow Cooker
- 1 squash (small enough to fit in your slow cooker)
Set squash on top of a wire bracket (or anything to keep the squash out of the water). Add about 2-3 cups water, just enough so that it doesn’t quite reach the squash. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
For some great ideas on how to use your squash now that it’s cooked, check out my Winter Squash Round Up.