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How to Cook Perfect Spaghetti Squash

Learn how to cook perfect spaghetti squash every time - with only 5 minutes of hands on time! Use the cooked spaghetti squash in place of pasta in your favorite comfort food dishes and cozy casseroles.
Course Vegetables
Cuisine American
Keyword How to Roast Spaghetti Squash, Easy Squash Recipes, How to Roast Squash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Stephanie Simmons


  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Prep: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Prep the Squash: Slice the ends off the squash, then slice the whole thing in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Rub the insides of the squash with the olive oil, and sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
  • Roast: Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Place the squash, cut side down, on the baking sheet and cook for 40-60 minutes - a larger squash will take closer to 50 or 60 minutes. To check if the spaghetti squash is done, flip one of the halves over, and try scraping at the inside with a fork - if the strands of squash come off easily, it's done! You can always taste a piece as well - it will have a slight crunch to it but it shouldn't be hard.
    If you try to pierce through the outside skin with a fork to check doneness, it may not puncture easily, but you should also be able to easily pierce the squash through (from the cut side) with a fork.
  • Finish: Scrape all the spaghetti squash out of each of the halves and use in place of pasta in your favorite pasta dishes, casseroles, and anything else you can think of!