How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

When you cook spaghetti squash, it transforms into pasta-like "noodles." Here's how to make spaghetti squash so you can whip up healthy versions of your favorite pasta recipes.

Spaghetti squash is a healthy, tasty substitute for pasta. One of the most popular types of winter squash, it’s both gluten-free and paleo-friendly. Here are our Test Kitchen’s best tips for how to make spaghetti squash.

How to Make Spaghetti Squash

This simple step-by-step guide will show you how to make spaghetti squash in the oven. In a time crunch? You can also microwave spaghetti squash or make Instant Pot spaghetti squash.

Step 1: Prepare the squash

A halved raw spaghetti squash on a well seasoned baking sheet.Laurie Ambrose/Getty Images

Choose a squash that feels heavy for its size and has a hard, deep-colored rind that’s free of blemishes. Carefully cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. (Here’s how to cut winter squash.)

Editor’s Tip: You can roast and eat squash seeds exactly like you roast pumpkin seeds.

Step 2: Bake the squash

A close up of baked spaghetti squash on a baking sheet just out of the oven.Laurie Ambrose/Getty Images

Place the squash cut-side down on a greased baking dish or pan. Bake at 350°F for 45 to 60 minutes or until you can easily pierce the skin with a fork. Cool slightly.

Step 3: Scrape out the “noodles”

A close up of someone scooping the flesh out of cooked spaghetti squash.TMB studio

Now it’s time for the fun part: Rake a fork through the inside of the squash and pull out the strings of “pasta.” Toss with your favorite pasta sauce, olive oil, butter or a hearty shower of shaved Parmesan.

Don’t know how to store it properly? Learn how to freeze spaghetti squash.

Common Spaghetti Squash Questions

How do you cut spaghetti squash before cooking?

For a method that doesn’t rely on just strength, use a rubber mallet and a large knife, such as a chef’s knife. Start by covering the mallet with a food storage bag and securing it with a rubber band or twist tie. Then insert the knife lengthwise into the middle of the squash and carefully hit the top of the blade with the mallet. Continue until the squash is cut in half.

Look no further than this TikTok spaghetti when you need a quick and easy dinner.

Can I make slow-cooker spaghetti squash?

Yes—to make slow-cooker spaghetti squash, cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-5 hours.

Is spaghetti squash healthy?

Yes, spaghetti squash is healthy! Roasted spaghetti squash has fewer carbohydrates and calories than pasta, and it offers extra fiber, antioxidants and vitamin A. One cup of cooked spaghetti squash has about 10 grams of carbs, compared to 45 grams in a cup of regular spaghetti.

How do I serve spaghetti squash?

Per its name, spaghetti squash works great as an alternative to noodles in your favorite pasta dishes. Toss it with homemade tomato sauce and lots of veggies in this Garden Harvest Spaghetti Squash recipe or bake a layered Spaghetti Squash Meatball Casserole.

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Teddy Nykiel
A former associate editor for Taste of Home, Teddy specialized in SEO strategy. As a home cook herself, she loves finding inspiration at the farmer's market. She also enjoys doing any sport that involves water and taking long walks with her black lab mix, Berkeley.