Ready to try spaghetti squash? This roasted spaghetti squash tutorial has all my cooking tips, tricks, and tasty recipes.
Spaghetti squash is basically it’s own food group around here.
I’ve been happily eating it every which way I can and have developed oodles of recipes featuring this golden strand squash in all it’s glory.
If you’re new to the veggie, or haven’t tried roasting it before, this post is for you!
I’ll be detailing my spaghetti squash roasting process (in an easy print recipe card if you need to save it for later) and provide you with some of my all-time favorite squash recipes.
Let’s do this!
Recipes using Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Once you have a glorious golden roasted spaghetti squash, the possibilities are endless! Here are some of my favorite recipes to make with it:
Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Recipes
These veggie friendly spaghetti squash dishes are some of my favorites! My most popular is hands-down the garlic parm spaghetti squash with spinach — it’s the #1 recipe on this blog and has over 300 ★★★★★ rave reviews!
- Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash
- Spaghetti Squash Parmesan
- Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
- Vegetarian Chili Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
If you’re team omnivore, you can certainly add anything from rotisserie chicken to crumbled sausage to any of the above recipes. I even have a few t-rex centric spaghetti squash recipes too!
- Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bowls
- BBQ Chicken Spaghetti Squash
- Parmesan Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp
- Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats
- Buffalo Shrimp Spaghetti Squash
- Cheesy Bacon Broccoli Spaghetti Squash
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Ready to roast some spaghetti squash?!
The recipe below is for a single squash but feel free to make as many as you need. Of all the spaghetti squash cooking methods I’ve tried over the years, this one is my favorite!
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
- 1 medium spaghetti squash (approx. 2 pounds)
- 1-2 tsp olive oil or avocado oil
- ¼-½ tsp fine sea salt (season to taste)
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
- Next grab a rimmed baking sheet or a rimmed baking dish.
- Use a sharp chef's knife to slice spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.
- Use a spoon (I often use my large cookie scoop) to scoop out the seeds.
- For easy cutting, feel free to stick your squash in the microwave to soften it up just a tad. Pierce it a few times with a knife (to help vent so it doesn’t burst) and cook for for 3-5 minutes. The knife slides through way easier this way! Smaller squash will need about 3 minutes while larger ones will be good to go at 4-5 min.
- For extra stability while cutting, you can also opt to cut the ends off of the squash first (just a little trim on each side) to create a flat surface. Then cut the squash in half lengthwise.
- Rub the cut side of the squash with oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Place on baking dish/sheet cut side down.
- Roast for about 35-40 minutes, or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Cooking time will vary a bit depending on the size of your squash, and larger squash will need to roast a bit longer to tenderize. Once it's ready, the once rock-hard exterior of the squash will be visibly softened with a tender interior and squash strands that easily fluff with a fork. Overcooking will result in soggy squash so be sure to start checking your squash at 35 minutes or earlier if it's on the smaller side.
- The squash can be roasted and stored in the fridge for up to 4 days if you’d like to meal prep and plan ahead for a speedier dinner.
- Once your squash is out of the oven. Carefully flip each side over and use a fork to create your spaghetti squash strands.
- Don't forget to check out the blog post for my complete list of spaghetti squash recipes! With over 400 rave reviews, my most popular one is the Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash recipe. SO GOOD!
Don’t forget to check out my round-up of 7 Ways to Stuff a Spaghetti Squash and feel free to get creative with it! There are probably a million and one ways to get your spaghetti squash on and I can’t wait to hear all about your favorite fillings!
Spaghetti Squash Nutrition Facts
- For those on a keto or low carb diet, each cup of spaghetti squash strands has about 7 grams carbohydrates and 5 grams net carbs. A typical medium spaghetti squash yields 3-4 cups of squash strands.
- Winter squash like spaghetti squash are a great source of antioxidants including Vitamin C and beta carotene.
- Low in calories, it’s a great addition to any diet!
If you get a chance to try this easy peasy roasted spaghetti squash recipe, let me know!
Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
I’ll try to update this post soon with step by step photos if you’d like. Let me know if that’s something y’all need in the comments!
Quick and easy to prep, and was absolutely delicious!
Woot! So happy to hear it!
This is delicious! Such a great way to eat a spaghetti squash