How to Cook Spaghetti Squash for a Delicious Meal

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Spaghetti squash is surging in popularity these days, and it’s no wonder as to why! It’s a mild, delicious form of squash that can function a lot like its namesake, spaghetti! Whether you roast it, boil it, or just cook it in the microwave, it’ll pair beautifully with a wide range of flavorful sauces. It’s a great substitute for actual spaghetti! So we’ve put together a guide containing all the different methods for how to cook spaghetti squash.

You can follow along and see which method appeals most to you – or use multiple methods, depending on the meal you’re looking to have. And in today’s atmosphere of paleo and gluten-free foods, you’ll definitely want to try cooking it! So keep scrolling and check out our guide for how to cook spaghetti squash.

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1. How to roast spaghetti squash.


Let’s talk about how to roast a spaghetti squash. First, cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
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You’ll want to bake them shell-side up in your oven at 400 degrees F for about 40 minutes.

Here’s a trick for keeping your squash moist.


Add some water to the dish you’re cooking them in, and dome the squash with aluminum foil. This allows steam to build up, which helps the squash cook.
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2. How to boil spaghetti squash.


Grab a large pot and fill it with water, bringing the water to a low boil.
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Just toss it in whole; the squash will cook nicely in the water while completely intact! Cook it this way for 30 minutes or until it’s tender.

3. How to cook spaghetti squash in a slow cooker.


This method has its pros and cons: it’s the easiest way to cook a squash, but also the longest. Start by poking holes in the shell of the squash.
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Yep, you can put it in there totally whole; just pour in a little water, and cook on a low setting for 4-6 hours.


Finally, if you’re really in a hurry and need to get your spaghetti squash cooked, you can always do it in the microwave. Start by cutting the squash in half.

You’ll need a microwave-safe dish.


Scoop out the seeds and place the squash face-down in the dish, adding a little water to it too. Set the microwave to cook for about 15 minutes, and voila!
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Regardless of how you cook it, when your spaghetti squash is done you can scoop out the seeds (if you haven’t done so already) and use a fork to separate the flesh into noodles. Pair it with sauce (like real spaghetti) or use it in some other recipe, and you’re all set!