How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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All healthy menus now use spaghetti squash in some combination. Whether its entrees or side meals, spaghetti squash provides a low caloric and nutritional meal through all its recipes. How you can get well-cooked spaghetti out of this squash is the topic of discussion of this article. And let me tell you how easy life gets once you learn how to cook spaghetti squash fast. Now with this recipe, I keep it ready to serve when wanting a fancy dinner.

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First, step is the selection of the right spaghetti squash. Choose a squash that is neither too large nor too small. It should be firm but not too ripe. You can also consider the weight of the squash; in this recipe, we have used 1 lb spaghetti squash. The size and weight of the squash can be change according to the serving sizes. 1lb. Spaghetti squash is enough to serve 3-4 people.

How to Make Spaghetti Squash

There are several different methods to cook spaghetti squash. Some people prefer to boil it, while others may pressure cook the squash. But the recipe I am sharing here provides the perfect texture and taste to cook the spaghetti squash. Here we will bake and roast the squash with a bit of seasoning on top. This roasting adds a little crisp to the spaghetti squash, along with a salty flavor.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Creating the perfect spaghetti squash starts with selection a fresh squash for your recipe. Main dish or side dish, your guests will have their taste buds spoiled.


  • 2 spaghetti squash

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Prepare the oven and set its temperature to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut the spaghetti squash into two half and remove all their seeds and ribbons from the center.
  • Place the squash halves in a baking tray with their cut side facing upwards.
  • Drizzle olive oil, salt, and black pepper over the squash and rub the seasoning well.
  • Poke holes in the flesh of the squash and then place the baking tray in the oven.
  • Roast them for 40 minutes until they turn golden brown and soft.
  • Remove the squash from the oven and transfer it to a working surface.
  • Allow the squash halves to cool down then take a fork to scrape its flesh.
  • Start scraping the flesh of each half with the fork to get spaghetti-like strands.
  • Transfer the squash spaghetti to the serving bowl or plates.
  • Serve warm with your favorite toppings.


  • If the squash is larger in size then you add an additional 5 minutes to the cooking time.

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Why Spaghetti Squash?

Spaghetti squash is a perfect substitute for the carb-rich spaghetti and pasta. It is made out of fresh squash and tastes delicious with all sorts of sauces and toppings. It is a good option for those who wish to eat healthy plant-based food. The fiber-rich nutritious flesh of spaghetti squash provides lots of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals along with essential carbs.

Serving Options:

The thing I like the most about spaghetti squash is that you can practically pair it with any of the toppings and sauces and prepare a new variety of meal every time. It makes a good lunch and dinner, and it can also be served as a fancy meal. If you are tired of the same old rice and flour-based spaghetti. Here are few options to serve spaghetti squash:

Marinara Sauce

It is one of the easiest ways to serve spaghetti squash. Prepare the squash as per the above give recipe and meanwhile use the market bought marinara sauce or a homemade one, if available. Add this sauce to a suitable pot and cook only to heat it up. When the spaghetti squash is ready to serve, add a dollop of marinara sauce on top of it and garnish with fresh basil leave to serve.

Bacon Crisp

This is again one of my favorite methods to add more flavors to the basic spaghetti squash. Instead of making a complete sauce to serve spaghetti squash, you can simply add crispy bacon. To do so, take bacon strips according to the serving size and place them in a non-stick skillet. Sear the bacon strips until they turn brown and crispy in texture. Add salt and black pepper to season the bacon. Allow it to cool then crumble it on a plate. Before serving the spaghetti squash. Add bacon on top along with a drizzle of olive oil and black pepper.

Sautéed Greens

Another good way to serve spaghetti squash is to top with sautéed greens. The greens can include baby spinach leaves, collard greens, or chopped kale. Sauté these greens with olive oil and chopped garlic. Season the greens with salt, and black pepper then sauté until they soft then toss in spaghetti squash then serve warm with your favorite garnish.


Do you want to enjoy the traditional meatball spaghetti in a different style then serve this spaghetti squash with homemade meatballs? It tastes equally good with baked meatballs or saucy meatballs. You make these meatballs take ground meat of beef, chicken, or turkey. Add salt, black pepper, crumbs, parsley, chopped onion, chopped peppers to the ground meat and mix it well. Make small meatballs out of this mixture and place them in the oven to bake. When the meatballs are ready, you can directly add them to the spaghetti squash or mix them with marinara or tomato sauce before serving.


If you want to have some cheesy meal in a day, then these spaghetti squash can even be served with grated cheese on top. Cheese alone does not suit well to the spaghetti squash. So, you can add some sauce on top along with a drizzle of cheese. You can also use fresh herbs like parsley or chopped coriander to serve the cheesy spaghetti squash.


Perhaps, spaghetti squash is one good way to add variety to a healthy menu. Owing to its neutral and juicy taste, the squash spaghetti can be served in all seasons. Cook these spaghetti squash at home and try with different toppings and let us know which of the topping ideas you like the most.

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One Comment

  1. I found this method so much easier than baking it whole like most recipes suggest. I like getting rid of the seeds, etc before baking. Took less time also.

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