Looking for a super easy way to cook a spaghetti squash? Here are easy step-by-step instructions showing how to cook spaghetti squash in an oven. Spaghetti squash is a tasty, low carb, gluten-free alternative to pasta and makes the perfect light meal.
I was first introduced to spaghetti squash many years ago when I was on the Atkins Diet. In this low carb diet, spaghetti squash was promoted as a good substitute for pasta in many recipes. I gave it a try and I was quickly hooked.
Does spaghetti squash taste like pasta? No, it doesn’t. But it is quite delicious and tastes great when served with spaghetti sauce or simply seasoned with Parmesan cheese, butter, and garlic.
One thing I love about cooking spaghetti squash in the oven is that you don’t need any fancy gadgets or spiralizers. You just need an oven and a little time.
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
There are many ways to cook spaghetti squash but my tried and true method is by cooking it in the oven. I’ve tried cooking spaghetti squash in a slow cooker but I wasn’t fond of the texture of the spaghetti squash after it was cooked. Here’s how I cook spaghetti squash:
Select a nice, oval shaped spaghetti squash.
Cut off both ends of the squash with a sharp knife.
Carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise.
Open up the squash and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Place the spaghetti squash halves on a heavy-bottomed pan or baking sheet.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to each half.
Rub olive oil, salt, and the pepper on the inside and flip the spaghetti squash over and rub on the outside skins as well.
Place the squash cut side down on the roasting pan and cover the pan with foil.
Put the pan with the squash into the oven
Bake until the rind is slightly soft or gives with a little pressure, about 45-50 minutes.
Notice how the insides look soft after you bake spaghetti squash.
Allow the squash to cool just enough so you can handle it.
Scrape the spaghetti squash out with a fork. It will resemble stringy noodles.
You can top the squash with a bit of butter, some fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese or use it in place of pasta in your favorite pasta dishes.
Spaghetti squash can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 3 months.
What Can I Do With Cooked Spaghetti Squash
Consider serving spaghetti squash as a side dish with any of these easy meals:
As mentioned, spaghetti squash is wonderful served with all different types of sauces. You might enjoy serving it with any of these wonderful sauces:
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Spaghetti Squash Recipe
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cloves garlic , thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese , grated
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C)
- Under cool running water, rinse off the squash. Dry with a towel.
- Slice off each end of the squash.
- Slice the squash horizontally down the middle.
- Open up the squash and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
- Drizzle a little of the tablespoon of olive oil over the tops of each piece of squash. Sprinkle tops with salt and pepper.
- Rub the remaining olive oil, salt, and pepper over the insides and the outsides of the squash.
- Place the squash in a baking pan, cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes or until the skin of the squash is tender and the flesh pulls away easily from the rind.
- When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork and “scrape” out the squash, pulling it gently from the rind. It will resemble “spaghetti-like” strands.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in the spaghetti squash, cook for about 2 minutes until heated through. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Taste and add salt or pepper if desired.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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