How to Make Spaghetti Squash in a Slow Cooker

Slow cooker spaghetti squash might be the easiest dump-and-go dinner. You only need spaghetti squash and water! The end result is fluffy and tender noodle-like strands.

Spaghetti squash is a popular winter squash, and for good reason. It’s a low-carb and low-calorie alternative to pasta with a slightly sweet taste and crisp-tender bite.

There are several ways to cook spaghetti squash. Slow cooker spaghetti squash allows you to simply pop it in your Crock-Pot (one of the best slow cookers) and get on with your day. It’s the ultimate fuss-free dinner!

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash Recipe


  • Spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup water


Step 1: Prepare the spaghetti squash

Pierced Spaghetti SquashJenna Urben for Taste of Home

Start by washing the outside of the squash, then poke several holes all around. This will help the squash cook properly.

Step 2: Cook the whole spaghetti squash

Slow Cooker Spaghetti SquashJenna Urben for Taste of Home

Place the squash in your slow cooker. Add a cup of water to the bottom and cover. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-5 hours.

Step 3: Scoop out the seeds

Cooked Spaghetti SquashJenna Urben for Taste of Home

Remove the squash from the slow cooker and let cool slightly. Cut in half and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds from the center. Use a fork to scrape the noodle-like strands of the squash.

How to Serve Your Spaghetti Squash

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If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to noodles, spaghetti squash is a tasty option. It’s delicious served as-is with a drizzle of olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper. You can also sprinkle the “noodles” with fresh herbs. The taste and texture of spaghetti squash pairs well with pasta sauce for spaghetti night, too.

Get creative and browse our collection of healthy spaghetti squash recipes.

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash

How long do I cook spaghetti squash in a Crock-Pot?

Cooking time will depend on the size of your squash as well as if you cook on high or low. If cooking on high, it will take about 3-1/2 hours and if cooking on low, expect your squash to cook in about 4-1/2 hours.

What happens if I overcook the spaghetti squash?

If you accidentally overcook your squash, use this trick to improve the overall taste and texture. Place the squash halves cut-side down on a clean kitchen towel and let sit for at least 5 minutes. This will help absorb some of the excess liquid.

How do I store spaghetti squash?

Store leftover spaghetti squash in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy-friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and squash.