How to Cook Spaghetti Squash with Recipes

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Do you know how to cook spaghetti squash? 

It’s not really spaghetti, but it brilliantly roasts into long tendrils,  allowing it to be a healthy or low-carb pasta replacement.

It’s easier than you think and you can cook spaghetti squash stove top or roast in the oven. 

It seems that everyone loves spaghetti squash recipes, but can we all agree, spaghetti squash has a bit of a mystery to it.

You start both methods the same way. Microwave for a few minutes to soften. If you don’t have a microwave, it’s a little trickier to cut the squash in half lengthwise. In that case try to trim down a piece of skin lengthwise to begin cutting through. Once it is halved, scoop out all the seeds. They are much harder to separate seeds, once cooked. Trust me on that.

Then either cook stove top or roast.

Stove top is super easy. Put a couple inches of water in pot wide enough to hold each half of spaghetti squash, cover and cook about 20 to 30 minutes. It steams in the pot and is ready for these delicious recipes.  

If your squash is very large, oven roasting is the best method.

Oven Roast Spaghetti Squash. Run with olive oil, place face down with a small amount of water in pan. Roast at 400 degrees F. for 30 to 40 minutes. Check at 30. You don’t want mushy squash. great recipes 

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash with Spaghetti Squash Recipes

Tips for Cooking Spaghetti Squash

I actually roast my squash in the oven.

  •  Before roasting it, I have to cut it in half.
  • I find sticking it in the microwave helps it have a little give. Then use a good, sharp knife.
  • It’s very important to scrape the seeds out before roasting. They are harder to remove once it cooked.
  • Don’t over-roast to mush, especially if you’re going to do put a sauce over it.

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My spaghetti squash recipes are often my go to dinners

This one is probably the dish I make as soon as the weather gets cold.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Italian Sausage and Mushrooms 

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Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns 

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Three Cheese Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

This dish exceeded my expectations. We forgot it wasn’t real spaghetti because the Pecorino Romano added enough salty tang to offset it’s slight sweetness.

Three Cheese Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

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Spaghetti Squash is a low carb vegetable

Spaghetti Squash is a low-carb vegetable. One cup is 5.5. net grams. It’s one of the vegetables acceptable on a ketogenic diet and has a low glycemic index of 20. Use spaghetti squash in place of any pasta dish.

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Italian Sausage and Mushrooms come together with Spaghetti Squash and Heavy Cream for delicious Winter Comfort Food.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 medium Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • salt and pepper

Squash Filling


  • Microwave spaghetti squash for 3 to 5 minutes, to make it soft enough to cut it.
  • Carefully cut in half lengthwise using a towel to hold the squash.
  • Scoop out seeds. It's important to do that now, as they are harder to separate out once baked.
  • Brush olive oil or butter over spaghetti squash.
  • Put into baking dish open squash side down.
  • Roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F. or until it's easy to shred squash into tendrils with a fork.
  • Remove spaghetti squash and allow to cool.
  • Use the fork to shred the squash.

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