How To Cook Spaghetti Squash


Preparing spaghetti squash is nowhere near as daunting as you may think, and the result is a delicious alternative to spaghetti or other pasta. Delicious served with a pasta sauce, or a knob of butter and garlic.

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How to cook spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash is a delicious variety of pumpkin which comes in different colours and sizes. Preparing a spaghetti squash is not difficult, and is a great way to get more vegetables into your diet.

You can prepare spaghetti squash in 3 ways:

  1. in an oven / airfryer
  2. boiling
  3. steaming

After cooking, you can scoop the "spaghetti''' out of the squash rind, or serve the squash in its skin. You can serve the squash with a bolognese sauce or a chicken filling, just as you would with pasta.

Try sautéing the strands in a knob of butter with some garlic and fresh parsley. Simple, quick and incredibly tasty.

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Published at 2023-11-13, this recipe is for 2 people and takes 40 minutes.

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Updated at: 21-11-2023

40 minutes 2 people Side dishes
How to cook spaghetti squash


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  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
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  • oven
  • baking tray or large baking dish
  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • spoon
  • 2 forks

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

40 minutes 2 people Side dishes

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Preparing spaghetti squash in the oven – 40 minutes

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds with a spoon.

Drizzle the squash with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the spaghetti squash halves on a baking tray with the cut side down.

Preparing spaghetti squash - step 1
Preparing spaghetti squash - step 1
Preparing spaghetti squash - step 1
Preparing spaghetti squash - step 2

Never bake a spaghetti squash for too long, as the ribbons of flesh will collapse and become mushy.

Bake the squash until tender (around 30 minutes, but the exact time depends on your oven and the size of the squash). You can use a fork to check if the spaghetti squash is done.

Preparing spaghetti squash
Preparing spaghetti squash

Use 2 forks to shred the squash flesh into strings. You can now serve the squash ribbons in a bowl or on a plate with, for example, bolognese sauce. Alternatively, serve the strands topped with a sauce in the squash skin. Enjoy your meal!

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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash: frequently asked questions

What does a spaghetti squash taste like?

Spaghetti squash is a flavoursome variety of pumpkin with delicate fibres, hence the name spaghetti squash. The squash is subtly sweet, and fairly neutral, but with a mildly nutty flavour.

How do I prepare spaghetti squash?

You can prepare the spaghetti squash in 3 ways:

  • in the oven
  • boiling
  • steaming