There are several ways to cook spaghetti squash. Here’s how to cook spaghetti squash in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. which results in great texture.
You may have noticed that I’ve been into the quick and easy low carb meals lately. I’ve been working on my very long list of things to do. So, I’ve been trying to keep my cooking to a minimum.
Spring is also the time I usually set out to lose those extra pounds I gained over the winter. It seems to matter how hard I try, it happens every year. Last year I experimented with an Egg Fast so I may be trying that again soon. Have you tried egg fasting?
To help me spend less time in the kitchen, I recently purchased an Instant Pot. Do you have one? It’s an electric pressure cooker that’s much safer than the ones designed for the stove top.
I do have a large pressure cooker that cooks on a stove. But, I have never used it because I never took the time to learn how to use it properly.
The thing I like about the Instant Pot is that it’s much more than a pressure cooker. It can also be used to saute, steam vegetables, and slow cook. The model I purchased can also be used to make yogurt.
To get a feel for pressure cooking, I started with something easy. I wanted to know how to cook spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot, so I took some advice from Nom Nom Paleo.
I wondered if the squash could be cooked whole. However, after reading information online, it seems like cutting it in half results in a better texture and faster cooking time.
I was a little nervous about cutting the squash as I’ve had trouble before. That’s why I preferred cooking in whole in the slow cooker as shown in my post on crock pot spaghetti squash.
Turns out that I was making cutting the squash a lot harder by doing it lengthwise rather than in the middle. My knife went right through the center.
If you go for the average size, it’s tough to cook spaghetti squash whole in the Instant Pot because it doesn’t fit. And, cutting it lengthwise would have difficult to squeeze into the pot with the cut side up. So, it makes sense that you need to cut the squash in half through the middle.
Out of all the ways to cook spaghetti squash that I have tried, the Instant Pot wins hands down. It resulted in the best texture with the least amount of time needed for cooking.
It does take some time to build up pressure, typically around 15 minutes, so it isn’t super fast like the microwave. But, I prefer the texture over microwaved spaghetti squash.
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot
Here are the steps I used to cook spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot:
- Slice the squash in half at the middle.
- Remove the seeds.
- Set rack in the Instant Pot
- Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot
- Place both squash halves onto the rack.
- Close the lid with valve in “steam” position.
- Press “Manual” button and adjust time to “10”
- When Instant Pot goes to warm mode, turn off and vent off steam.
- Open lid and remove the cooked spaghetti squash.
You can adjust the time to your preference. You could go anywhere from 7-10 minutes. I thought 10 minutes resulted in a nice texture. If you like it a bit firmer, try 7 minutes.
I served my cooked spaghetti squash with a simple meat sauce made with a low carb marinara sauce. You can use a homemade marina sauce if you like.
The jarred kind is just more convenient for us busy people. I’ve included the recipe I used to make my low carb spaghetti squash and meat sauce so you can get a feel for the carb content.
Easy Low Carb Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce
Easy Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1 pound ground beef
- 32 ounce jar marinara sauce
- parmesan cheese optional
Cook spaghetti squash. I like to use the Instant Pot pressure cooker because it's fast and easy.
Brown ground beef.
Add marinara sauce to cooked beef and simmer until heated thoroughly. Remove from heat.
Pull strands from the cooked spaghetti squash and serve topped with meat sauce.
About 5g net carbs per serving.