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How To Make Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash is a favorite side dish any time of year!

You can cook spaghetti squash in different ways, you can either cut it up or cook it whole. You can make delicious squash dishes by baking, boiling, microwaving, or even slow-cooking it in a crock pot.

In this cooking article I will show you an easy, no fuss, baked spaghetti squash recipe that your family will love. I learned how to bake squash from my children’s grandma many years ago. Scroll down for spaghetti squash microwave instructions and a link to 10 of the best recipes…

Step by step photo directions for no fuss baked Spaghetti Squash:

Hold the squash firmly with one hand and use a large kitchen knife to cut it in half lengthwise.

cut the spaghetti squash

Remove the seeds and stringy stuff with a large spoon, scraping along the bottom of the squash.

Remove Squash Seeds

Add brown sugar into each spaghetti squash half. About 1/8 to 1/4 cup of brown sugar is plenty, depending on the size of your squash and your taste.

Spaghetti Squash and Brown Sugar

Next add a tablespoon of butter to each squash half.

No Fuss Squash Recipe

Place the two pieces (with the holes up) into a large baking dish.

Cover your squash tightly with aluminum foil and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until the flesh is soft.

Cover Squash With Foil Before Baking

The squash is done baking when you can easily separate the flesh from the skin with a fork.

Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Carefully hold one half of the squash with a hot pad or silicone glove. Pour the butter and brown sugar mixture into a large service dish, repeat with the other half.

Make Spaghetti Squash

Use a fork to scrape out the cooked squash into the dish. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Cook Spaghetti Squash

Repeat the process with the other half of the squash.

How to Cook Squash

Season your baked spaghetti squash to taste with a dash of sea salt and black pepper.

No Fuss Squash

Serve your No Fuss Spaghetti Squash with your favorite meal and enjoy!

Check out The Definite Guide To Perfect Spaghetti Squash here and find

10 of the best spaghetti squash recipes you’ll need to try.

No Fuss Spaghetti Squash Meal

As promised, here are the microwave instructions for Spaghetti Squash:

  • Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds
  • Place squash cut side down in a baking dish with 1/2 cup of water
  • Cover with plastic wrap
  • Cook on high 8 – 10 minutes
  • Remove spaghetti like strands with a fork
  • Drizzle with brown sugar and melted butter
  • Add a dash of sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Although spaghetti squash is a winter vegetable, it is available almost year round now.  It can be served with or without spaghetti sauce, as a healthy substitute for pasta noodles. Try squash with this traditional, super easy to make Spaghetti Bolognese sauce, and don’t forget to roast the seeds, they’re very similar to pumpkin seeds.

Do you have a favorite way to cook spaghetti squash? Please share in the comments below.

4 Responses to How To Make Spaghetti Squash

  • I bought one of these at my local farmers market yesterday and didn’t really know how to cook it. Thanks for the step by step instructions, it looks easy enough to make.

  • Yes, this is a super easy way to cook squash and any variety will work, not just spaghetti squash. I didn’t mention this in the article, but the squash in the pictures came from a local farmers stand as well.

    Squash – the essential feel good food of the season :)

    Let us know how it turned out Henry.

  • Great recipe! I loved the detailed pictures of exactly how to do this. Thank you!

    • Hi Lisa, I’m glad you found our Spaghetti Squash recipe. You are very welcome, I enjoy writing these kinds of articles with large images. :) Silke


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