How to Cook Spaghetti Squash: 6 Spaghetti Squash Sauces

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash |

Tis the season for winter squash!

Whether you are cooking up pumpkin (yes, you can cook an entire pumpkin –> check out Serena’s awesome Whole Pumpkin Cheddar Gratin recipe), butternut squash (this Butternut Squash Gnocchi is a favorite of mine) acorn squash (I love to mash into my Farm Share Chili) or spaghetti squash, you’re getting a good dose of fiber and antioxidants (hello, Vitamin C & A.)

Even if you never have cooked spaghetti squash, you are probably familiar with its “insides” which resemble long spaghetti-like strings after being scraped out of the center of the cooked squash.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash |

Compared to butternut squash or pumpkin, which both have a sweet and distinct taste, spaghetti squash is rather plain but can easily be jazzed up with a little pepper, salt and grated cheese. Or whatever you usually serve over spaghetti or pasta, try over spaghetti squash.


How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x


  • 2 1/23 pound spaghetti squash
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rinse the outer skin of the squash with water and pat dry.
  3. Cut in half and scrape out seeds. (Save to roast – follow this post on How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds in 15 minutes)
  4. Place each half on roasting pan or a jelly roll pan cut side up. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle pepper and salt. Place in oven and roast 50 – 60 minutes until flesh is completely soft.
  5. Let cool about 5 minutes and then scrap the insides into a bowl with a fork.
  6. Season with grated cheese and fresh herbs or top with your favorite type of pasta sauce.

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For this post, I topped it with some roasted tomatoes, red pepper flakes, a little bit of crumbled bacon and grated Parmesan cheese in the style of this Tomato & Chili Pepper Spaghetti all’Arrabbiata recipe.

So yummy.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash |

And here are more pasta sauce ideas – these would be just as delicious over those squash noodles!

Spinach Avocado Alfredo Sauce

Almond Pesto

Roasted Tomato Sauce 

Triple Green Pasta Sauce

Caper Alfredo Sauce

What is your favorite winter squash? Do you ever cook spaghetti squash? Any favorite recipes to share – we love to hear from you!


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