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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

The best way to cook spaghetti squash - a simple and easy method to prepare this wonderful low carb pasta stand-in! Serve this alone, or use it as a base for your favorite pasta dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 53kcal



  • Preheat oven to 400º F.
  • Cut spaghetti squash in half. Use a spoon to remove the seeds and discard them.
  • Rub the inside of the squash with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the squash cut side down on a baking tray. I like to use parchment or a baking mat for easy clean up.
  • Bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on size of squash. When the squash is ready, the strands will easily pull away from the inside of the squash.
  • Serve alone, or dress up the squash like your favorite pasta dish. Try butter and parmesan cheese, pesto, or your favorite pasta sauce.



How to Microwave Squash: Spaghetti squash, like other winter squashes, can be cooked in the microwave. This is the quickest way to enjoy the squash. Prepare it in a similar way to getting it ready to bake, but place half of the squash cut side down in a microwave safe dish, and microwave for 12-15 minutes, until the squash strands easily pull away, but aren't mushy.
Bake Spaghetti Squash Faster:
Step 1: Lay the half moons out on a baking tray in a single layer, and season with avocado oil, salt and pepper.
Step 2: Bake the thinly sliced squash for 20 minutes, or until the strands easily pull with a fork.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg