How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Cooking spaghetti squash is a simple and healthy alternative to regular pasta. Here’s how you can do it:


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Sharp knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Fork


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Squash:
    • Wash the spaghetti squash and dry it with a kitchen towel.
  3. Cut the Squash:
    • Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Be cautious, as the skin can be tough to cut through.
  4. Remove Seeds:
    • Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and the stringy pulp from the center of each half. Discard the seeds or save them for roasting if desired.
  5. Season the Squash:
    • Brush the inside of each half with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Place on Baking Sheet:
    • Place the squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. This helps prevent sticking.
  7. Bake:
    • Put the baking sheet with the squash in the preheated oven. Bake for about 40-50 minutes, or until the squash is tender and easily pierced with a fork.
  8. Cool Slightly:
    • Remove the squash from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes until it’s safe to handle.
  9. Scrape the “Noodles”:
    • Using a fork, gently scrape the inside of the squash. The flesh will come away in strands, resembling spaghetti.
  10. Serve:
    • You can serve the spaghetti squash “noodles” with your choice of sauce or toppings, just like you would with regular pasta.

Additional Tips:

  • Feel free to get creative with your seasonings. You can add garlic powder, herbs, or even a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
  • If you’re short on time, you can also cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. Pierce the skin with a fork, then microwave each half for about 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
  • Leftover cooked spaghetti squash can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Enjoy your spaghetti squash as a healthy, low-carb alternative to traditional pasta!

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