Learn how to perfectly cook spaghetti squash every time with this fabulous recipe! Tender strands of spaghetti squash mixed with cheese, tomatoes, and a little bit of basil, both healthy and delicious!
It’s our favorite way to cook up spaghetti squash because it’s simple and flavorful! Enjoy it with feta, basil, and tomatoes or use instead of noodles in your favorite spaghetti recipe!
Spaghetti Squash with feta and tomatoes
I go CRAZY over this spaghetti squash recipe because it tastes incredible! I love the flavor of today’s spaghetti squash mixed with several ingredients that give it a delicious Greek flavor. We love our classic spaghetti recipe but we are obsessed with baked spaghetti squash since it’s healthy AND delicious! You can never have too many yummy recipes that are also good for you.
But, what is spaghetti squash?
- It’s an edible squash of a variety with slightly stringy flesh which when cooked has a texture and appearance like that of spaghetti.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you must give it a go. When you first cut into it, it smells and looks a bit like a pumpkin. But I promise you, after it’s baked, it just strings and starts to look like noodles. It’s kind of crazy. You can enjoy it so many different ways, but our current favorite way to enjoy them is with a few fresh ingredients.
I love that this recipe takes the word ‘spaghetti’ to the next level. There are some really tasty ingredients in this particular spaghetti squash recipe that make it oh-so-yum. I’m talking about feta cheese, sliced olives, juicy chopped tomatoes, some garlic, a little olive oil, and FRESH basil. SO tasty!!
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
You can have perfectly cooked spaghetti squash in 45 minutes. How amazing is that? Don’t be intimated by cooking a spaghetti squash. It’s SO easy, I promise! Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
Cut your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and take all of the seeds out. Place the halves of spaghetti squash with the cut sides down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake the squash for about 30 minutes or until a knife can easily be inserted. After it bakes, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before stringing
Want a different way to cook your spaghetti squash? Try these these other options:
More Cooking Options
There are so many ways to cook spaghetti squash, and here are a few. (For even more, check out this post on cooking spaghetti squash).
How to Microwave Spaghetti Squash: Cut 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.
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in Crock Pot: Prick the outside of your squash about 10 times and place it into your crockpot. Poor a little water into the crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Let the squash cool 15-30 minutes before slicing it lengthwise.
How to Cook Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash: Add one cup of water to your instant pot. Prick the outside of your squash about 10 times and place it into the instant pot. Set for 15 minutes on high pressure. When the 15 minutes is up, release the pressure and remove the squash. Cool before cutting the squash in half.
Whichever way you choose to prepare the spaghetti squash, you’ll just follow these steps to make this version…
While the squash cools, sauté your garlic in a hot pan on the stove for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook until warmed through. Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash. Add the strands to the skillet and toss with the veggies, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm and fall in love with the incredible taste!
There are a lot of great spaghetti squash recipes out there. Tons of yummy ways to eat a little healthier with the help of the spaghetti squash. You can spice it up with a ton of flavors like this recipe or you could leave it a little more simple with just adding parmesan cheese to it. Doesn’t that sound tasty
And of course you could eat it just as you would regular spaghetti. Add your favorite marinara or a meat sauce for a classic spaghetti flavor. Whatever way you choose – you’re going to LOVE spaghetti squash.
Complete the meal by also making:
Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe
- 1 spaghetti squash halfed lengthwise and seeded
- 2 TB vegetable oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3 TB sliced black olives
- 2 TB fresh basil chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place spaghetti squash, cut sides down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, until a sharp knife can be inserted with little resistance. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic in hot oil for 1-2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook until warmed through
- Using a large spoon, scoop the stringy pulp from the squash. Add to skillet and toss with vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com