How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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Learn how to perfectly cook spaghetti squash with these tips! This is a healthy and delicious meal that goes with tons of different recipes! It’s the perfect low-carb option!

Spaghetti squash has become one of our favorite dinner meals. Whether you are using it as a pasta substitute for classic spaghetti or on it’s own in our Greek version, you can’t go wrong with it!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash 101

Spaghetti squash is an edible squash with slightly stringy flesh. When it’s cooked it has a texture and appearance of spaghetti noodles!

I think it tastes incredible and I love the tender strands it produces. It’s great for swapping out with actual spaghetti noodles (or any pasta dish for that matter) for a low-carb option.

If you’ve never tried baking and eating a spaghetti squash, now is your chance! I promise you will love it and all it’s health benefits! There are so many different ways you can cook a spaghetti squash. I will talk more about those below. Cut into it, bake it, scoop out the strands and dig in!

Perforate spaghetti squash with a fork before cuttingHow to cut spaghetti squash

How to Cut it

There are different ways for cutting spaghetti squash, but this next method makes it quick and simple, and is our favorite way to cut the squash.

  • Use a fork to perforate it down one of the lines on the outside of the squash.
  • Cut your spaghetti squash lengthwise using a large cutting knife on a cutting board.
  • Scoop out the string and seeds on the inside.

This will help your two halves be even in size and also cook evenly.

Halved spaghetti squash

bake, MICROWAVE or IP

Did you you know you could have perfectly cooked spaghetti squash in under 45 minutes?! Don’t be intimated by cooking a spaghetti squash. Cutting it is the hardest part.

CUT. Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees. Cut your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and take all of the seeds out.

COOK. Place the halves of spaghetti squash with the cut sides down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake the squash for about 30-35 minutes, or until a knife can easily be inserted.

STRING. After it bakes, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before stringing.

MICROWAVE INSTRUCTIONS: You can also cook your spaghetti squash in the microwave! Even easier!!

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place it face down in a baking dish filled with an inch of water. Microwave for about 5-10 minutes until the squash is soft.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS: Try cooking it in your instant pot! Start by piercing the spaghetti squash with a knife (this will help the steam to vent), and then place it on the trivet with a cup of water in the pot.

Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes for a 3-pound squash. Adjust the time as necessary with the size of your squash.

You can’t go wrong with any of these cooking methods!

how to bake spaghetti squash

squash Tips & INFO

How long does spaghetti squash last? Keep your spaghetti squash stored on your counter or in your fridge and it should last 1-3 months! Cooked spaghetti squash will last 3-5 days in your fridge in an airtight container.

Can you freeze spaghetti squash? You can freeze the cooked spaghetti squash in a freezer-safe container for 2-3 weeks.

What can you make with spaghetti squash? It seems like you can make almost anything with spaghetti squash. Try this greek flavored version with cheese, tomatoes, and a little bit of basil.

Of course, you can swap half or all of the regular pasta noodles in any pasta recipe like:

Try using it with pesto sauce or Alfredo sauce! It’s also great with just some olive oil, grape tomatoes, and basil. Get creative and let your taste buds do the deciding. It’s also a great option for serving with porcupine meatballs!

roasted spaghetti squash

We love spaghetti squash and that it is a great low-carb option. And although it isn’t pasta, we love that it can be used in most of our pasta dishes for a healthier option.

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How to Make Spaghetti Squash

5 from 9 votes

Learn how to perfectly cook spaghetti squash with these tips! This is a healthy and delicious meal that goes with tons of different recipes! It's the perfect low-carb option!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 squash
Calories 299 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash

Instructions

  1. You will need to cut your spaghetti squash length-wise. We like to to do this on one of the lines you can see down the squash.

  2. To best cut, perforate the squash along the line with a knife or fork. You can try to cut along that line, but if it's too hard microwave for 5-6 minutes first.

  3. If you microwave, it will be hot, but use a towel to hold it on a cutting board and cut down the line.

  4. Scoop out seeds as well as the stringy bits of flesh using a spoon. You can discard or roast those.

  5. Place spaghetti squash, cut sides down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for about 40 - 45 minutes or until a sharp knife can be inserted with little resistance. 

  6. Once slightly cooled, used a fork or spoon to pull the flesh from the sides and watch it start to string and look like spaghetti. Serve with sauce.

 

Tips on How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I just learned how to make this. If your wanting a healthier version of spaghetti this is a good recipe to try.


  2. Thanks for sharing this! I recently tried spaghetti squash & loved it, but didn’t know how to cook the squash up myself, so now I can! I’m excited!!


  3. I’ve never seen this way of cracking open a spaghetti squash but wow is it so much easier to do! Thanks!


  4. Im always on the lookout for low carb gluten free Substitutes. All your tips maKes this an easy Recipe to follow.


  5. I never knew how to make this and always thought it was super hard. I am so glad that you shared this recipe because this will be my go to SPAGHETTI from now on!! so healthy and good.