How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Steps on how to prepare a How to Cook Spaghetti Squash recipe


1 hour 35 minutes






  • 1 (4 -8 lb) spaghetti squash
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cups your favorite sauce

    How to make it

  1. 1. STEP

    (BAKE IT).

  2. 2. STEP

    Pierce the whole shell several times with a large fork or skewer and place in baking dish.

  3. 3. STEP

    Cook squash in preheated 375°F oven approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until flesh is tender, It took about 1 1/2 hours for mine to tender up.

  4. 4. STEP


  5. 5. STEP

    (BOIL IT).

  6. 6. STEP

    Heat a pot of water large enough to hold the whole squash.

  7. 7. STEP

    When the water is boiling, drop in the squash and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on its size.

  8. 8. STEP

    When a fork goes easily into the flesh, the squash is done.

  9. 9. STEP


  10. 10. STEP


  11. 11. STEP

    Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds.

  12. 12. STEP

    Place squash cut sides up in a microwave dish with 1/4 cup water.

  13. 13. STEP

    Cover with plastic wrap and cook on high for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on size of squash.

  14. 14. STEP

    Add more cooking time if necessary.

  15. 15. STEP

    Let stand covered, for 5 minutes.

  16. 16. STEP

    With fork "comb" out the strands.

  17. 17. STEP


  18. 18. STEP


  19. 19. STEP

    Choose a smaller spaghetti squash (unless you have an extra large slow cooker) so that it will fit.

  20. 20. STEP

    Add 2 cups of water to slow cooker.

  21. 21. STEP

    Pierce the whole shell several times with a large fork or skewer, add to Crock Pot, cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.

  22. 22. STEP

    Once the squash is cooked, let it cool for 10 to 20 minutes so it will be easier to handle, before cutting in half (if it wasnt already) and removing the seeds. Pull a fork lengthwise through the flesh to separate it into long strands, (See photos.).

  23. 23. STEP

    You can do these steps ahead of time, then prepare any of the spaghetti squash recipes whenever the mood strikes.

  24. 24. STEP


  25. 25. STEP

    When buying spaghetti squash, look for hard fruit that is heavy for its size, about eight to nine inches in length and four to five inches in diameter and with a pale even color. Avoid any squash with soft spots and green color is a sign of immaturity. The average four-pound spaghetti squash will yield about five cups.

  26. 26. STEP

    Spaghetti Squash can be stored at room temperature for about a month. After cutting, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days. Spaghetti squash also freezes well. Pack cooked squash into freezer bags, seal, label and freeze. Partially thaw before re-using, then steam until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes.


  • 1 (4 -8 lb) spaghetti squash
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 cups your favorite sauce




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