How To Cook Spaghetti Squash (The Perfect Way)

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There are several different ways on How To Cook Spaghetti Squash, but we have found that this way is the best. This baking method also brings out the best flavors of the squash and turns out perfect every single time!

We love cooking with squash you may want to also check out our popular summer squash casserole and butternut squash cake.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a great way to cut back on the carbs and also a delicious way to get the kids to eat veggies. My boys have never been a fan of squash, but serving it this way gets them to not only eat it, but really enjoy it!

Not only is this a wonderful alternative to traditional pasta, but it’s also rich in nutrition! B vitamins, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc, omega-3 and omega-6. Cooking spaghetti squash it in the oven creates a nice caramelized flavor on the edges that you can’t get with other cooking methods.

You start by cutting the squash in half…

Cutting Squash

Scoop out the seeds, rub a little olive oil and salt on the inside, and roast in the oven cut-side down. This keeps the squash from becoming mushy and leaves you with a nice and tender spaghetti squash. So easy and delicious!

Roasting Squash in the Oven

Once it’s roasted and cooled, use a fork to scrape the strands. Season it with a bit more salt and pepper and serve it as a side. We like to add a bit of parmesan cheese…so good! Our favorite way to serve this is with spaghetti sauce.

Squash Speghetti


  • The hardest part about preparing spaghetti squash is cutting the squash in half. You can always ask your grocer to cut it for you!
  • You can microwave this squash as well. Place the halves in a microwave safe dish filled with 1 inch of water. Microwave on high for 15 minutes. Add on 5 minutes at a time until done.

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Cooked spaghetti squash on a fork.
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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

There are several different guides on How to Cook Spaghetti Squash, but we have found that this way is the best. This baking method also brings out the best flavors of the squash so that it turns out perfect every single time! 
Servings: 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  • Drizzle the inside of the squash with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place the spaghetti squash halves cut side down on the baking sheet and use a fork to poke holes.
  • Roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on the outside. Test by piercing through the skin with a fork. If it pierces easily, it's ready. The time will vary depending on the size of your squash.
  • Remove from the oven and flip the squash over cut side up. Use a fork to scrape and fluff the strands from the sides and bottom of the squash.

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Serving: 4g | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg