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Microwave Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

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Historical Background: Microwave cooking revolutionized the way we prepare meals in the modern kitchen. Among its many wonders, it has made dishes like Microwave Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce a weeknight favorite. Spaghetti squash, known for its noodle-like texture when cooked, is believed to have originated in North America. It gained popularity as a low-carb alternative to traditional pasta in recent years. This dish combines the natural sweetness and slight crunch of spaghetti squash with the robust flavors of marinara sauce for a nutritious and satisfying meal.


  1. Preparing the Spaghetti Squash:
  1. Wash the spaghetti squash under running water and pat it dry.
  2. Place the squash on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to carefully cut it in half lengthwise. Be cautious as the skin can be tough.
  3. Scoop out the seeds and fibrous strands from the center using a spoon. Discard them.
  1. Seasoning the Squash:
  1. Drizzle the olive oil over the cut sides of the squash halves, ensuring they are well coated.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle minced garlic evenly over the surface.
  1. Cooking the Squash:
  1. Place one of the seasoned squash halves, cut side down, on a microwave-safe dish or plate.
  2. Microwave it on high for 7-10 minutes, or until the squash flesh is tender and easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Repeat the process with the second half if needed.
  1. Creating “Spaghetti” Noodles:
  1. Allow the cooked squash to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Holding one half steady with a fork, scrape the flesh with another fork in long, spaghetti-like strands. Continue until you’ve scraped out all the squash from both halves.
  1. Preparing the Marinara Sauce:
  1. While the squash is cooling, warm the marinara sauce in a microwave-safe bowl for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can heat it on the stovetop.
  1. Plating and Serving:
  1. Place the spaghetti squash “noodles” on a serving platter.
  2. Pour the heated marinara sauce over the squash.
  3. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
  4. Serve immediately, and enjoy your Microwave Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce!

This dish is a testament to the convenience and versatility of microwave cooking. It allows you to have a healthy, flavorful meal on the table in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional cooking methods. Microwave Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce is a perfect choice for those seeking a low-carb alternative to pasta or simply looking for a quick and nutritious dinner option. Bon appétit!


prep time
approximately 10 minutes.
cooking time
15 minutes.
total time
25 minutes.


  • icrowave-safe dish or plate

  • Sharp knife

  • Fork

  • Spoon

  • Microwave oven

  • Cutting board

  • Chef's knife

  • Garlic press (optional)

  • Serving platter

  • Grater (for Parmesan cheese, if needed)


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash

  • 2 cups marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)

  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)


Prepare the spaghetti squash.
Season with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Microwave until tender.
Plate with marinara sauce.
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