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How to Spiralize Butternut Squash

Learn how to spiralize butternut squash in order to make delicious gluten-free pasta recipes that are packed with nutrients, lower in carbohydrate and are all-around amazing!

How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash @roastedroot

Remember that phase we went through together with our Spirelli? We made this, that, and the other thing out of veggie noodles. For a while there, life was looking like one big bowl of gluten-free vegetable pasta. We may have shared a Lady and the Tramp moment or two.

I’ve got some news for you…

We have graduated.

I went ahead and purchased the Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer, knowing it’s more suitable for the larger vegetables.

Upon examining the spiralizer and sizing up my butternut squash, I did a little head scratching. I realized this would be a tough nut to crack <- get it? Nut? Butternut. Buh-dum-ching.  

And it dawned on me that if I was giving the butternut the sideways glance, not knowing how or where to start the process, many folks would probably have the same problem.

I figured I’d share a little tutorial on How to Spiralize Butternut Squash so that we can whip up butternut squash noodles to our heart’s delight.

How to Spiralize Butternut Squash

First, buy a large butternut squash that is more cylandrical than round…you want the long part to be as long and straight as possible.

Hold your butternut squash lengthwise on a cutting board.

Using a sharp knife, carefully chop the bottom bulbous part off and save it for your future butternut squash needs.

We aren’t going to spiralize the rounded end because it contains seeds and funky innards that don’t do well for spiralization.

 How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash @roastedroot

Peel the butternut squash using a julienne peeler or potato peeler. There is another white layer underneath the tough cream colored skin that needs to be peeled too. I simply peeled the squash twice with my potato peeler. This is TEE-DEE-OUS, but it’s worth the tedium, I promise!

 How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash @roastedroot

Now chop the long part in half so that your butternut chunks are about 3 to 4 inches each.

 How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash @roastedroot

Insert your blade of choice into your spiralizer.

 How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash @roastedroot

Place one of the butternut chunks firmly in the corer. Make sure your spiralizer is sitting firmly (suctioned) to a flat surface. Crank the lever to spiralize noodles.

 How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash @roastedroot

How to Spiralize a Butternut Squash @roastedroot

Separate the noodles using your hands – it makes the cooking process easier. Once you’ve noodled the squash, you can make all sorts of gluten-free “pasta” recipes.

How to Cook Butternut Squash Noodles:

Cooking the noodles takes roughly 12 to 15 minutes over medium heat in a skillet.

I’ve read you can also roast the noodles in the oven by lightly coating them with oil and baking at 400 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes.

And that’s it, folks! Let there be noodles! Try out my Butternut Squash and Prosciutto Pasta using your butternut squash noodles!

 

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Wehaf

Friday 16th of January 2015

I always use a Y-peeler on butternut squash; it's so much easier than a regular potato peeler.

Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Mmm - I LOVE spiralized butternut squash - I can't wait for all your spiralized recipes that are sure to follow.

Joanne

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

The only orange vegetable I've spiralized so far is the sweet potato....but I think butternut HAS to be next.

francesca

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

sexayyy spiralizer!

Kristi Rimkus

Saturday 10th of January 2015

It would never occur to me to spiralize squash. I can't wait to try this!

Julia

Sunday 11th of January 2015

Let me know when you do, Kristi!

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