Spaghetti Squash Strands in a white bowl with a fork
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How To Cook A Spaghetti Squash - The Easy Way!

This is the absolute easiest way to cook a spaghetti squash and it comes out perfect every time! No more trying to cut a rock hard spaghetti squash in half!
Course gluten free, Grain Free, keto, Main Course, paleo
Cuisine American
Keyword easy way to cook a spaghetti squash, how to cook a spaghetti squash, spaghetti squash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 75kcal
Author Cassidy Stauffer


  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt optional
  • 1/2 tsp pepper optional


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Place the spaghetti squash on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or soft enough to cut. Puncture the squash several times with a sharp knife if you're worried about it exploding in the oven. This has never happened to me and I don't *think* it's in the oven long enough to explode before cutting, but feel free to puncture it if you're worried about it.
  • Carefully slice the squash in half lengthwise (or width-wise, either will work) with a sharp knife.
  • Drizzle the squash with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Place flesh side down and continue roasting for 15 - 25 minutes, depending on size of squash. If your squash is particularly small, check after 10 minutes just to ensure you don't overcook it. To check for doneness, flip one half of the spaghetti squash over and run a fork down the top edge of the squash.┬áThe squash is done cooking when the fork easily forms spaghetti-like strands with an al-dente (slightly firm) texture. Do not over cook or it will be mushy and ruin the dish!
  • Once done, allow to cool enough to handle. Scoop out the seeds and discard them. Then use a fork to gently scrape out the flesh, the squash will come out in noodle-like strands.


Nutrition facts are for 1/4 of a spaghetti squash


Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.8mg