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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is an oval shaped, hard winter squash. When cooked the flesh turns into spaghetti-like strands that make a wonderful paleo substitute for pasta. The catch? Once you bring that golden gourd home, you’re left wondering how to cook spaghetti squash. Thankfully, it’s easy.

When you make spaghetti squash noodles you don’t need a spiralizer, or any other fancy kitchen gadgets. There are several simple ways to cook spaghetti squash. It can be cut into sections and steamed on the stove, or you can learn how to cook spaghetti squash in the oven.

Cooking a whole, uncut spaghetti squash in the oven avoids the process of wielding a huge knife and stabbing at a giant hard squash. After it’s cooked, you can cut through the tender flesh easily and safely. The other benefit of this cooking method? When the flesh is sealed inside the squash it retains flavor and moisture. Looking for healthy paleo noodles? Look no further. Your pasta dreams are about to come true!

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
Serves: 4
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds)
  1. Place whole (uncut) spaghetti squash on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  2. Using a fork, poke the squash twice
  3. Bake at 350° for 60-80 minutes
  4. Allow spaghetti squash to cool for 20-30 minutes
  5. Cut squash open with a knife
  6. Using a spoon scoop out seeds
  7. Scrape the flesh out of the squash into stringy noodles
  8. Serve

After the spaghetti squash is cooked, allow it to cool and then slice it in half.

Scoop the seeds out of the spaghetti squash.

After the seeds are out, scoop the spaghetti squash noodles into a dish.

I make spaghetti squash noodles for myself whenever the rest of the family is eating packaged gluten-free noodles. If you like healthy spaghetti squash noodles, you’ll love my post called, Paleo Pasta: Healthy Low-Carb Swaps for Noodles, which features other healthy vegetable noodles along with their carb counts. Vegetable noodles are wonderful pasta substitute for those following a Ketogenic Diet.

I often serve spaghetti squash with coconut oil and cinnamon, or with Bolognese. I also have a fabulous recipe in my latest book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry for a Paleo Pad Thai that uses spaghetti squash noodles!