How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

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Have you ever wanted to try out another version of spaghetti? This Spaghetti Squash recipe takes it to a new level! You can learn the perfect way to cook it and try something new. Making spaghetti squash is not only super simple to do, but it tastes delicious and goes well with many dishes.

The Perfect Spaghetti Squash

This dish will have the best results every time you make it. You can cut back on normal pasta. Enjoy something that not only tastes amazing but has a greater nutritional value. This also makes it the perfect low-carb alternative for when you are trying to watch what you eat.

What is Spaghetti Squash?

This recipe is a squash vegetable that is roasted in the oven to start. After, it is raked with a fork to take out the flesh of the vegetable to form thin strand-like spaghetti pieces.

Spaghetti Squash Health Benefits:

The best part about making and enjoying this recipe is the benefits it gives you. Spaghetti squash is super high in vitamins and the nutritional value is amazing. You can have vitamins like C, B6, betacarotene, and fiber which are great for digestion. It is also anti-inflammatory!

Is Spaghetti Squash Keto-Friendly?

Yes! This is a great option for those in the keto community. This recipe can be paired with so many dishes and makes a great low-carb main or side dish.

Tips & Tricks For Making The Best Spaghetti Squash:

Here is just a few great tips that can make this recipe simple and easy to learn.

Tips For Cutting:

There is nothing easier than making spaghetti squash. You want to first use a very sharp knife to cut the very top and bottom of the squash. Place the squash upright on a cutting board. Use the knife to cut the squash into two halves and use a spoon to scoop and discard the insides.

Trick: To make the cutting process easier, if the squash is too tough. Place the entire squash in the microwave for 3 minutes before cutting. Make sure to cut slits into the squash to allow steam to escape.

Tips For Cooking:

After cutting and prepping your ingredients the best way to cook the recipe is by roasting it. You will need to place the squash into a 425-degree oven for about 40-50 minutes.

Trick: To make sure your spaghetti squash doesn’t become too watery. Sprinkle some coarse salt on top of the squash before roasting for about 15-20 minutes. After coating the squash with cooking spray, bake.

Tip: You don’t have to peel the squash, but its best to avoid consuming the skin

Tips For Serving:

Once the recipe is baked and ready to go, you will want to allow it to cool slightly. Use a knife to cut the outer ring of the squash to open it a bit. This will help get the full length of the squash almost every time. For this, I find it best to use my hands because the squash strands can be very delicate.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash Without Oil?

To remove the use of oil, you can follow these steps:

  • Place some water to cover the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Allow the squash to bake for about 35-45 minutes.
  • Once cooled, flip the squash flesh-side up and make your spaghetti strands.

How Do You Know When Spaghetti Squash Is Done Cooking?

The best way to tell when your recipe is done roasting is by using a fork. When you press the fork into the squash, it should go in without resistance. This lets you know that it is done.

Can You Overcook Spaghetti Squash?

Yes, it can be overcooked. You want to make sure you are cooking the squash for the appropriate amount of time. A 2-pound squash should be cooked for no longer than 50-60 minutes until tender. You can use the fork method to test and make sure it is done.

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Is Spaghetti Squash Supposed To Be Crunchy Or Soft?

Spaghetti squash is almost always soft. Sometimes depending on how you cook it, it can be slightly crunchy. As long as you keep an eye on it and test it with a fork while roasting, it will turn out just how you like it.

How Do You Pan Fry Spaghetti Squash?

You will want to place it in the oven for about 35 minutes or in the microwave for 12 minutes to soften. Add the squash to your pan and cook for a few minutes with whatever you’re making and then serve.

Can You Boil Spaghetti Squash?

Yes! You can place the pasta into boiling water, chicken, or vegetable broth and bring it to a simmer. Cut off the heat and place a lid on top to allow the squash to cook for another 10-12 minutes.

What Foods Go Well With Spaghetti Squash?

This recipe is an amazing one. Spaghetti Squash can be used as a side or main dish for almost any recipe. You can also switch out any recipe that uses regular pasta and try it out with a low-carb alternative like squash. Here are just some of my favorite side and main dishes to use spaghetti squash in.

As The Main Dish:

  • Turkey Stroganoff with Mushrooms & Cranberries
  • Copycat Olive Garden Hearty Minestrone Soup
  • Leftover Turkey Frittata

As The Side Dish:

  • Garlic Butter Steak Bites with Cajun Seasoning

    Grilled Pork Chops
  • Marinated Chicken Breast
  • The Best Easy Balsamic Chicken Recipe

In the end, this recipe can go with anything you want it to. Eat it like regular spaghetti with sauce or with one of the amazing recipes listed. Either way, this recipe tastes great and can be paired with steak, chicken, turkey, pork, or even more vegetables. You can add all your favorite seasonings and add more ingredients to make it even more delicious.

How Long Does Spaghetti Squash Last?

Uncooked squash can last for about 2 months. Once the squash is cut, it will only last for about 5-7 days. Once cooked and stored, your spaghetti squash will last for 4-5 days.

How To Store Spaghetti Squash?

Place the recipe into an airtight storage container. Keep the recipe stored in the fridge. It should not be left at room temperature once cooked.

Can You Freeze Spaghetti Squash?

The quality of the squash will not change if placed in the freezer. So, store the recipe in a freezer-safe container and keep for up to 3 months.

Key Ingredients You’ll Need

Spaghetti Squash


Salt & Pepper

Supplies You Can Use:

Great Knife Set

Melon Baller Scoop

How To Make Spaghetti Squash

Step 1. Set the oven and prepare the squash.

Step 2. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.

Step 3. Roast in the oven and use a fork to test the tenderness.

Step 4. Allow the squash to cool before forming into spaghetti.

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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash
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  • 2  people
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 50 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Preheat oven to 425.
Cut the squash in half. Some people cut it long ways, but I prefer to cut it in the middle. This creates longer noodles. If you cut it long ways, it create short noodles.
Scrape out the seeds. You could roast the seeds separately if you like.Looking for a pasta alternative? Whether you are watching carbs or need a gluten free meal idea, spaghetti squash is a delicious dinner that is great all on its own.
Drizzle oil over the squash. Salt and pepper.
Roast in the oven for 30 minutes. The squash is done when you can easily pierce the skin with a fork.
Let cool until you can handle it with your hands.
Using a fork scrape the inside flesh. It will start to form strand.
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