How to cook spaghetti squash

Cooking spaghetti squash is a simple process that results in tender, noodle-like strands that can be used as a low-carb alternative to pasta. Here’s how to cook spaghetti squash:


  • Spaghetti squash
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (optional)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Spaghetti Squash:
    • Wash the spaghetti squash thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris. Use a sharp knife to cut the squash in half lengthwise. Be cautious when cutting, as the skin can be tough.
  3. Scoop Out Seeds:
    • Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp from the center of each squash half. You can discard the seeds or save them for roasting if you like.
  4. Season the Squash (Optional):
    • Drizzle the cut sides of the squash with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper if desired. This step is optional but can add flavor.
  5. Place the Squash Halves on a Baking Sheet:
    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Place the squash halves cut side down on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake the Squash:
    • Place the baking sheet with the squash in the preheated oven. Bake for about 35-45 minutes, or until the squash is tender and you can easily pierce it with a fork.
  7. Remove from the Oven:
    • Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven. Use a fork to test if the squash is done. The fork should easily scrape the squash into noodle-like strands. If it’s not quite tender, return it to the oven for a few more minutes.
  8. Scrape the Squash Strands:
    • After removing the squash from the oven, use a fork to scrape the flesh of the squash from the skin. The strands will naturally separate as you scrape. Continue until you’ve scraped all the strands from both halves.
  9. Serve:
    • The cooked spaghetti squash strands are now ready to be served. You can serve them with your favorite pasta sauce, pesto, or simply toss them with some olive oil and herbs. Top with grated cheese, if desired.

Spaghetti squash can be a healthy and gluten-free alternative to traditional pasta. It’s a blank canvas that can be flavored and customized to your preference. You can also use it as a base for various pasta dishes, salads, or stir-fries.