The Ultimate Guide to Spaghetti Squash

How to cook, buy, cut, and eat spaghetti squash!  Everything you will ever need to know if you want eat spaghetti squash.

 

Spaghetti squash is one of the most popular varieties of winter squash.  It is versatile, delicious, healthy, and easy to make!

Cooked Spaghetti Squash Half

What Is Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a type of winter squash.  They are usually oblong shaped and have a tough, inedible skin.  The inside is made of tiny strands of squash that look like pasta, but have a lot more water, like a summer squash.

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What does spaghetti squash taste like?

The flavor is really mild. Similar to yellow summer squash, it works well in a variety of recipes. By itself with just a little salt, pepper and cheese, or mixed in with different foods. In my opinion, it has the taste of winter squash just much more mild.  Unlike banana, acorn, or butternut, the insides aren’t creamy but more like a zucchini texture.

Whole Spaghetti Squash

How to Choose a Good Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Cut in Half

When you are at the store looking to buy a spaghetti squash, you should look for those that have a nice lemon yellow color.  If a squash is green, that means it isn’t ripe.   You will want to make sure the rind is smooth and doesn’t have any soft spots or cracks.  Squash should be heavy for its size.   You shouldn’t buy a spaghetti squash that has no stem because the stem helps to keep the bacteria out of the squash.

Spaghetti squash are available all year, but they are in their peak season early fall through winter.  You can store spaghetti squash up to 3 months if you store it in a cool, dry place.  Keep the squash out of direct sunlight and heat.  Don’t refrigerate a whole spaghetti squash because it will actually make it go bad faster.   It actually will only last a few weeks in the fridge!  If you want to store cut squash, place it in an airtight container and use within a week.

How to Cut Winter Squash

Cutting a spaghetti squashC

Cutting winter squash is the worst!  The rind is so unbelievable hard that cutting into it is a straight up workout.  Not only is it difficult, but sometimes I’m afraid I’m going to chop my finger off!  We have some great tips for you on how to cut winter squash that will hopefully make the process easier and less miserable for all involved.

  1.  Make sure you are cutting your squash on a stable surface.  If your cutting board is sliding or wobbling that could cause problems.  You can put a damp towel or paper towel under your cutting board to make sure it doesn’t slide.
  2. Use the right knife.  The best knife is a chef’s knife with at least an 8-inch blade.  It needs to be sturdy with metal that is heavy enough to cut through a thick rind.  If your knife isn’t long enough, you will have to keep pulling it out of the squash to get all the way through which makes the cutting take longer and can be dangerous.  Don’t use a serrated knife even though you might be tempted to saw through the squash.  One of our favorite knife brands is Wusthof.  It is a family owned brand founded in Germany that makes amazing quality knives that make cutting so much better.  Their 8″ cook’s knife is the best all-purpose kitchen knife that makes cutting squash so much easier.  The weight and balance of the knife make it perfect for heavy duty vegetables like squash, but also other thick vegetables and meats.
  3.  Cut the ends of the squash first.  By trimming the ends, you will create more stability and less of a chance of your squash sliding or wobbling around.  It will make cutting into the middle of the squash so much easier.  Stand the squash upright and cut through it from top to bottom.
  4.  Cut through the middle of the squash vertically.  Because a spaghetti squash is oblong, if you cut into it horizontally you will end up with two fat halves that are harder to deal with.  This is true for pretty much all types of winter squash.  Cutting vertically leaves you with even halves that fit really good on a baking sheet and are also a better shape for stuffing.
  5. Use a melon baller or ice cream scoop to remove seeds.  These have sharper edges and a more sturdy handle than a spoon and will dig into the squash much better.

A common question we get is: “How do you make spaghetti squash noodles?”  Keep reading to see the different ways to cook a spaghetti squash to get the ‘noodles’.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Baking a spaghetti squash on a baking sheet

This is one of the most searched topics related to spaghetti squash.  There are SO many different methods to cooking spaghetti squash and each one has its pros and cons.  Read on to find out which method you should use to cook spaghetti squash.

Why is my Spaghetti Squash Watery? 

Spaghetti squash naturally has a higher water content than some other vegetables.  Just like zucchini or yellow squash, if you want to make it less watery, you need to draw some of the water out.  There are a couple of ways to do this:

  1. After cutting the squash in half, sprinkle with salt and turn the squash halves face down and let some of the water drain out.
  2. Bake the squash in the oven following the directions below.

I have found that baking spaghetti squash produces the least moisture.

Microwave Cooking Spaghetti Squash

“How do I cook spaghetti squash quickly?”

If this is the question you are asking about cooking spaghetti squash, then this is the method for you. The main benefit to cooking squash in the microwave is that it is super quick.  It only takes about 12 minutes.  The con is that it doesn’t develop the rich, caramelized flavors that happen when you cook in the oven.

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop the seeds out.
  2. Place squash cut-sides down in a microwave-safe baking dish.
  3. Fill with about 1 inch of water.
  4. Microwave on high for 12 minutes or until you can easily pierce a fork into the squash.
  5. Let it cook for about 15 minutes until it is cool enough to handle.

Oven Baking Spaghetti Squash

The benefit of cooking squash in the oven is that it has time to bring out the natural flavors in the squash as well as caramelize and become incredibly delicious tasting.  The con is that it takes a long time. These are the most commonly asked questions about baking spaghetti squash in the oven:

“How do you make spaghetti squash in the oven?” and ” What temperature do I bake spaghetti squash at?” “Do you cook spaghetti squash face up or face down?” How do I bake a spaghetti squash in half?

These are the steps to baking spaghetti squash in the oven:

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop the seeds out.
  2. Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
  3.  Brush the inside of each half with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the squash halves cut side down on a baking sheet.
  5.  Bake for about 40 – 50 minutes depending on the size of your squash.  Bake until the edges of the squash are turning golden brown.
  6.  Run a fork through the squash to ‘fluff’ up the strands and prepare as desired.  (or just eat it as is!)

Roasting Spaghetti Squash

Roasting spaghetti squash is just another way of saying baking spaghetti squash in the oven.  The steps are exactly the same as when you bake it in the oven.  Some people call it roasting because you are using dry heat to cook the squash.  If you like a more moist squash, instead of brushing the squash with oil, add a little bit of water to the bottom of your baking pan and bake like normal.


Cooking Spaghetti Squash Whole 

How do I bake a whole spaghetti squash?

Some people like to bake their spaghetti squash before ever cutting it.  Not a bad idea if you are nervous about having to cut through the hard rind.  To cook it whole takes longer than if you cut it before cooking, but it may be worth it!

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Wash the outside of the squash and dry it.
  3. Then pierce the skin with a sharp knife on all sides.
  4. Place the spaghetti squash in a baking dish or baking pan and bake for one hour.
  5. Remove it from the oven (you aren’t done yet) and cut the squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds.
  6. Drizzle a little bit of oil on the inside of the squash halves and then place them face down on the baking pan.
  7. Bake for another 30-40 minutes depending on the size of your squash.  When the squash is done is should look brown on the edges and be caramelized with the strands of squash easily separating.

Keep reading for more ways to cook a spaghetti squash whole.

 


Cooking Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot

Cooking spaghetti squash in the pressure cooker (Instant Pot) basically requires zero prep and comes out so soft that you can cut into it with a butter knife.  It is definitely the easiest method for cooking a winter squash in my opinion.  You don’t have to deal with cutting into the hard rind, and you don’t have to cook it twice like in the oven if you are baking it whole.

  1. Add one cup of water to the bottom of your Instant Pot.  Put the steamer basket insert in the pot.
  2. Wash the spaghetti squash and pierce the squash with a small knife all over for vents for the steam.
  3. Select manual and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  4. Use the quick release when 15 minutes is up and release the pressure immediately.  Carefully open the lid and remove the squash.
  5. Cool the squash until you are able to handle it, then slice open, remove seeds and shred the squash with a fork.

Cooking Spaghetti Squash in the Crockpot

Spaghetti squash cooked in a crockpot is basically like cooking it in the Instant Pot it just takes longer, and you can set it and just leave it.  No watching or staying close by while it is cooking.  That is the beauty of the crockpot!

  1. Wash the spaghetti squash and pierce the squash with a small knife all over for vents for the steam.
  2. Place the entire squash in your crockpot.  You do not need to add water.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.  You will know it is done when you can easily pierce the outside with a fork.
  4. Carefully open the lid and remove the squash.
  5. Cool the squash until you are able to handle it, then slice open, remove seeds and shred the squash with a fork.

Health Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Closeup

Spaghetti squash is definitely considered a health food.   And it should be!  It is not only packed with nutrients, but it is unique in its ability to satisfy because of its similarity to pasta.   Unlike other winter squash, spaghetti squash is not the typical deep orange color and contains a lot less vitamin A.  There are a lot of questions floating around about spaghetti squash and its health benefits.  These are some of the most commonly asked questions on google and answers to them.

What are the health benefits of eating spaghetti squash? Why is spaghetti squash healthy?

Spaghetti squash is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, B-vitamins, manganese and potassium.  Some of the benefits of getting enough of these vitamins and minerals include:  regular bowel habits, stronger immune system, and an increased ability to use and metabolize nutrients in food.  These are all important things for kids!

One of the most popular things that people talk about with spaghetti squash is that it is low calorie and low carb.   It has become a popular food to eat for people on diets like the Keto diet, and other weight loss diets that are calorie or carbohydrate restricted.  These are commonly search questions on google:

Is spaghetti squash ok for Keto? How many carbs are in spaghetti squash baked? How many calories are in 1 cup of cooked spaghetti squash?

Spaghetti squash is generally accepted to be ok if you are following a ketogenic diet.  There are about 10 grams of carbs in one cup or cooked squash and only about 40 calories.

Is spaghetti squash good for weight loss?

If you are restricting calories as part of your weight loss plan, then you will likely want to include spaghetti squash in your diet.  It is low in calories, but contains fiber and other nutrients that can satisfy your hunger and make you feel fuller for longer.  Regular whole wheat pasta has about 210 calories in one cup of cooked spaghetti.  Spaghetti squash has about 40 calories for one cup of cooked spaghetti squash.

Is spaghetti squash fattening?

The answer to this question is no!  Spaghetti squash has about 0.6 grams of fat for 1 cup.  This is considered a very low fat food.

Is spaghetti squash a carb or vegetable?

Spaghetti squash is categorized as a vegetable and not a carbohydrate.  Generally vegetables that have a higher water content have both fewer carbohydrates and fewer calories.

Is spaghetti squash better than pasta?

This depends who you are talking to. 🙂  If you are talking to a young child, then they would probably answer no.  But if you are talking to a more health conscience adult, then the answer might be yes.  When you are thinking about if one food is better than another, there are a lot of factors to consider.  Taste, texture, nutrient composition, cost, availability, and on and on.  A lot of people like to compare spaghetti squash to spaghetti pasta, when really the only thing similar is their shape.   I would not recommend telling your kids that you are having pasta for dinner and then serving spaghetti squash!


Recipes to Try

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake

One of our VERY favorite spaghetti squash recipes on our site!

21 Best Spaghetti Squash Recipes

So many good recipes to make your spaghetti squash super delicious.

Italian Baked Spaghetti Squash

Tastes like a lighter version of lasagna!

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Comments(223)
Lena Rios says:

I like it as spaghetti with lentils & tomato sauce

Audrey Hamilton says:

Best way to eat is with butter and parmesan baked

Marin says:

We haven’t spaghetti squash but would love too! This looks so good!

Lina Gerke says:

They tried it once with Spaghetti Sauce… so I’d say their Favorite is not eating it! But I love it

Lana says:

Just with olive oil, butter, and Parmesan!

Nancy Flynn says:

Chicken Parmesan

Emily Jex says:

We like it as a spaghetti noodle substitute! So good!

Miranda says:

I love to eat it as a replacement for pasta when making spaghetti! I am excited to try some of the other suggestions you mentioned ?

Emily A says:

I made a kind of a baked ziti casserole with spaghetti squash and my kids actually liked it!

Maren Day says:

My kids love spaghetti squash as a replacement for spaghetti noodles. I love that they love it as much as me!

Alexis says:

My favorite way is roasted with veggies and tomatoes. My daughter is picky, so she likes playing with the spaghetti squash while eating.

Valarie says:

Butter and brown sugar!

Danae Mills says:

They’ve only had it once as spaghetti with meat sauce, but I’m inspired to try new recipes!

Jennifer says:

We love it to replace spaghetti noodles! Just as filling and delicious!

Leah says:

We love spaghetti squash in spaghetti pie (similar to your Italian Bake) or paired with a sweet peanut sauce to give the “noodles” an Asian flair. So many delicious ways to prepare it, thanks for the tips!

Alesha says:

We love to bake the spaghetti squash, add a little bit of parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

Belecia says:

Either like spaghetti or like Mac and cheese! ?

Rebekah Smith says:

My kids might not even question what they were eating if I served this like spaghetti. I’ve never made spaghetti squash, but my girls love zucchini so I’m sure they would like it. It’s my son that is pickier.

Katherine says:

With a Bolognese sauce 🙂 like spaghetti pasta but we say it’s squash!

Sarah Schmalle says:

We are simple when it comes to eating squash, butter, salt and pepper. I am sure putting cheese on it would be delicious too. Cheese just makes everything taste better, ha!

Melissa says:

I love spaghetti squash! My kids like it with marinara and parm cheese. Definitely want to try the cheesy bake next ?

Laura afonso says:

Roasted with broccoli rabe and mozzarella

Sheila C. says:

My kids love spaghetti squash carbonara. Kids will eat just about anything with bacon and cheese!

Jane says:

My kids like spaghetti squash is butter and brown sugar.

Jane says:

My kids like to Spaghetti squash with butter and brown sugar.

Danielle Gammarati says:

Love this! My kids love spaghetti squash simple with either garlic/oil and lots of parm or sauce with parm! Yum!!

Stacey Janz says:

My kids like it with diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese!

Catherine Wyble says:

My kids love it like spaghetti

Erin says:

I don’t recall the last time I had spaghetti squash or if I have ever had it. I am very excited to try these recipes. Hopefully my family loves them Because they sound delicious.

Sarah says:

My son isn’t big enough to eat spaghetti squash yet, but my husband’s favorite way is with red sauce and meatballs.

Sheri says:

My kids use to turn their noses up at it until I told them no one could play with friend me until they all tried it lol. Now they like it with meat sauce.

MORGAN Jobst says:

My oldest doesn’t like it. But my younger son likes it with pesto

Kim B says:

My family isn’t overly particular about how I serve spaghetti squash, but they do not like it overcooked! I like it baked, then served with simple but flavorful tomato based sauce.

Melissa says:

We like eating spaghetti squash with regular red sauce and cheese.

Bernita says:

Roasted, then sautéed with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and Parmesan cheese. Maybe mushroom or sun dried tomatoes.

Katrina says:

My daughter loves it with adding only butter and a little salt. Sometimes simple is the better way to go!

Amber Sim says:

The only way I have done it for them is in replacement of typical spaghetti. Can’t wait to try s few of your other recipes

Erica says:

Wow! I just read through all the comments and learned so many new ways to cook it!!! To be honest my kids don’t eat spaghetti squash but I sure would like to find a recipe to try new things with them…I love spaghetti squash, one of my favs, just don’t cook with it often because they don’t really care for it. Now I have lots of ideas… Sure could use the knife to help! Thanks for doing the giveaway!!!

Lindsy M says:

Our family adds peas to the squash in addition to Parmesan and butter.

Brittany says:

My kiddos haven’t warmed up to spaghetti squash ,but I keep offering! Meat sauce with hidden veggies and parmesan cheese!? I will have to try different ways as I experiment more!!!

Heather says:

We like the traditional spaghetti squash noodles with sauce, but I am definitely going to try these recipes.

M Koff says:

These recipes look SO yummy! My kiddies eat it with marinara sauce and lots of Parmesan!

Tasha says:

My daughter will have no part spaghetti squash… my son will eat it with meat sauce and cheese baked in the oven

Erika Iverson says:

My two year lives it! Usually a little garlic, tomatoes, and cheese does the trick on a busy weekday after work but we’ve tried all different ways from sweet to savory!

Heather says:

My kids eat it with spaghetti and meatballs, although we are still transitioning so I mix some regular whole wheat spaghetti noodles in there. ??‍♀️??‍♀️

Jill Moore says:

Adding cheese & sauce definitely helped our kids try spaghetti squash!

Abby Murray says:

My kids like to eat spaghetti squash with a little butter and pesto! Yum!

Pat Chase says:

Butternut Squash Soup is my little girl’s favorite.

Robin harpak says:

Mine loves it with butter and Parmesan cheese just like regular spaghettii :-).

Amy says:

My kiddos love it as spaghetti sauce or as a cheesy spaghetti squash bake with crunchy bread crumbles on tops.

Nelia says:

My son loves anything with tomato sauce so I use it as “spaghetti”.

Armida flores says:

My kids like to eat it with spaghetti meat sauce. It’s their favorite way to eat it.

Samantha says:

We like to toss ours with some pasta sauce and some yummy parm cheese and make a spaghetti…maybe even make some meatballs to add in. It’s always a hit. So simple and so very good!

Greg says:

Baked at 450 for 35 minutes with garlic and Mrs dash sprinkled on. Makes a perfect spaghetti substitute!

Di says:

Spaghetti squash mac&cheese! 🙂

Jamie Ziegenfuss says:

My kids eat it the simple way: Baked, scooped out and topped with butter, salt, and shredded gouda. The adults love it just as much 🙂

Amanda Erickson says:

My kids AND my husband love spaghetti squash chow mein! That is a staple in our house.

Maria Jose Enriquez says:

We love pasta and if it’s in a healthy way, even better!!!
My kids love to eat spaghetti squash with tomate sauce and lots of cheese ?

Nichole says:

My kids LOVE the cheesy squash bake. I mean they love anything covered in cheese. They love to put Braggs Sprinkle Seasoning on top. (I love that that stuff has no added sodium.)

Michelle Taylor says:

My kids like is baked.

Glorissa says:

For my kids I top it with grilled chicken, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Yum-O!

Janelle Belka says:

I love spaghetti squash with marinara sauce with mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top

Carolyn says:

I haven’t tried it lately, since my son has been pickier. But when he was little, he ate it with marinara and cheese on top. This is a good reminder to try it again!

Kelly Latendresse says:

My son loves spaghetti squash as the classic spaghetti and meatballs! Mommy loves that we can create a dinner he loves without the added carbs and sugars!!

Ashley A says:

My kids love I‎t with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon! Can you ever go wrong with that combo!?

Erin Compton says:

My son loves it with any kind of tomato based sauce but especially with a hearty mushroom ragu. My daughter loves it spritzed with coconout oil, salt and pepper then roasted.

Venisha Joseph-Beaudin says:

Baked spaghetti squash with parmasean cheese! Tastes like baked noodles! So good 🙂

Cheryl says:

Roasted at 430 degrees ?

Tracey Gentile says:

just plain old spaghetti squash with marinara and turkey meatballs-yum!

Megan says:

I’m not sure what my life was before spaghetti squash! So yum! The classic spaghetti squash spaghetti is amazing but recently I ventured out and tried making spaghetti squash pizza! You just drain it of all the water, mix it with some cheese and an egg and you’ve got yourself a gluten free pizza crust! Everyone in my family LOVES it!

Marilee says:

My kids love it with some butter and brown sugar! So yummy!!

Amanda says:

I like to make spaghetti squash and put my mom’s delicious (and easy) alfredo sauce over it and tomatoes on top. My 1.5 year old LOVES it!

Megan says:

My youngest loves it with spaghetti sauce! We definitely want to try some new recipes though.

JAIMIE owens says:

I’ve never tried it before! Hehe

Kendra says:

My kids like it with butter, salt and pepper! They have also had it with spaghetti sauce, but definetly prefer spaghetti noodles! ?

Leah says:

We love making “spaghetti pie” (similar to your “Italian Baked Spaghetti Squash”. Another favorite recipe is adding peanut sauce and chicken to spaghetti squash for an Asian/Thai flair.

Brittany Kuhn says:

Baked and smothered in butter and salt and pepper!!

Jen S says:

My kids liked it in a broccoli chicken casserole.

Maria Garcia says:

My family loves it roasted, then a quick saute in butter and garlic sprinkled with parlsey and shaved parmesean.

Valerie says:

Ground turkey and spaghetti sauce!

Brina Dockstader says:

My kids will eat it mixed with noodles and marinara or pasta sauce. My oldest is the pickiest and she won’t eat it yet but I still try!

Laura says:

Baked in a casserole like mac and cheese

Nicole says:

Roasted with some salt and pepper ?

Nikita Ellison says:

By throwing it in the trash…. it figures!

Makayle says:

I’m going to be totally honest, my kids have never eaten spaghetti squash ? I’ve never known what to do with it until I saw this blog post! I’ll have to try the cheese squash bake!

Whitney Wondergem says:

My girls love to eat Spaghetti squash with marina sauce. Just like regular spaghetti noodles. So yummy!

Amber says:

With spaghetti sauce and meatballs! It’s always a hit!

My kids love eating it with spaghetti sauce!

Math says:

My kids love spaghetti squash baked with loads of
cheese, salt and pepper. Yum yum!

Sarah Buhler says:

My kids are still trying to like it but I’ve just started this summer cooking it they way that you guys posted earlier in the year or last and topping it with the sausage and mozzarella and my husband says it is way better than regular spaghetti so thanks for the idea and it’s a gluten free idea— even better for my husband who can’t eat white flour!

Katherine says:

With a marinara meat sauce ?

Anja Dowdy says:

They love it as spaghetti

Bethani says:

With butter, salt and pepper, yum!!

Kristen O’Connor says:

We love it with butter and spaghetti sauce. I can’t wait to try the cheesy one!

Tania says:

Roasted butternut squash with sharp cheddar cheese is how my kids love it!

Shannon Blackwell says:

My kids love it in soup.

Lori says:

My kids are pretty picky eaters but will def eat the baked cheesy squash.

Jennifer Roy says:

With a little cheese and butter! Simple and yummy.

Nicki says:

We had spaghetti squash the other day with Bolognese sauce and my kids could not get enough! They loved it!

Holly says:

We love spaghetti squash roasted with salt and pepper. Simple and yummy.

Melanie H says:

My family likes to eat spaghetti squash with meatballs!

Lauren Allen says:

I love eating spaghetti squash with meat sauce made with marinara and ground turkey, and of course lots of Parmesan cheese! Yum!

Lindsay says:

My kids eat it up on a frittata, and they don’t even realize it’s in there!

Sharon B says:

My baby gurl lives it with butter , sugar & dash of cinnamon

Tara says:

My kids love to eat spaghetti squash with maple syrup. It reminds me of the movie Elf when he puts syrup on his spaghetti. Lol.

Kristin Songe says:

Simple! Just with spaghetti sauce but we are definitely trying the Cheesy Spaghetti Squash bake soon!

Kathryn says:

With lots of butter!

Kathryn says:

With lots of butter!!

Melissa F says:

I bake it and then throw bolognese sauce on top. Yum!

Trina says:

My daughter liked it with Alfredo or marinara sauce!

Kathy says:

My kids are such picky eaters but they actually ate and enjoyed the Italian baked spaghetti squash. I will definitely have to try the cheesy squash bake next.

Emily F says:

My daughter likes to eat it just like spaghetti with meat sauce over it. My younger kids haven’t warmed up to spaghetti squash yet, but I’ll keep offering it!

Russ Monson says:

My kids love it baked with brown sugar!

Cyndie Call says:

My kids favorite way to eat spaghetti squash is when I mix it half and half with regular spaghetti noodles. Then they still get the texture of regular pasta, but also the benefits of the spaghetti squash. My kids are great veggie eaters and know it’s in there, but they don’t mind one bit. I would love to win this knife! My nice knife just split down the middle!

Ginger says:

I wish I could get my kids to eat more spaghetti squash, I’m definitely going to try some of these recipes! I did get them to try a bite of it when I replaced my spaghetti noodles with it and they didn’t hate it!!

Natalie says:

My kiddo keeps it simple with spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese!

Rebecca says:

We love spaghetti squash at thanksgiving served with brown sugar and butter not on the healthy side.

Rebecca Campbell Barton says:

We love spaghetti squash at thanksgiving served as a side with brown sugar and butter. Not really on the healthy side.

Dina says:

My kids like the spaghetti squash roasted!

Mickaela W. says:

My kids love it when I bake it! But the cheesy spaghetti recipe is one I will definitely have to try! Looks delicious; thank you!

ChristyW says:

I add garlic, parmesan and spinach to my spaghetti squash! My hubby and daughter love it!

Kristyn says:

Thanks for the tips! I never get spaghetti squash quite right, so hopefully I can master it with these ideas!

Jennifer says:

My girls love making and eating spaghetti squash pizza boats. 🙂

What a great technique for cutting the squash. I will def be trying that way of cutting next time!

Amanda says:

I love cooking it instapot and adding a little bit of marina sauce and serving it as pasta

Victoria line says:

My kiddos enjoy my “spaghetti & meatballs” but they don’t know its spaghetti squash haha. BUT, they do like my tuna casserole I make with spaghetti squash. Also, these tips are great!! I feel like a lot of people get nervous when they are trying to cook a new food. Thanks for the great tips!

Kelly walling says:

With butter and vegan parm!

Lindsay Martins says:

With tomato sauce!!!

Jeridee Genest says:

We love it baked with cheese, garlic, green onions, chicken broth and half and half!

Shauna Balehowsky says:

My kids love spaghetti squash with meat sauce! Yum!

Shauna Balehowsky says:

With meat sauce! Yum!

Jessica says:

Thanks for the tips! We love it with parmesan cheese. Need to try your cheesy bake. Looks delicious!

Shira says:

my Daughter loves it when I cut it in half width inside of lengthwise. After scooping out seeds we fill the center with onions, garlic and tomatoes (chopped) season with salt and pep, and bake in oven until ready. Then we “string” the spaghetti right in the “bowl” while mixing the other ingredients and eat it right out of the bowl (peel) it’s a fun way to eat it!

Frances says:

Spaghetti squash lasagna

Clair says:

We love it in a crockpot with curry and coconut milk. It creates a delicious flavor!!!

Lesley koepp says:

We use it with pasta sauce instead of noodles.

Marie says:

Love spaghetti squash! We like to eat it topped with a vegetable marinara sauce or Mexican style toppings!

Marie says:

Love spaghetti squash and all the tips! We like to eat it at our house with a vegetable marinara sauce and a little mozzarella on top!

Caroline says:

Honestly, we have not tried yet. ? I have always wanted to try it with marinara.

Lauren says:

Our little George likes spaghetti squash as a noodle substitute!

KKD says:

I love to make it as a pasta substitute with a tempeh “meat” sauce and cashew Parmesan ?

Sarah says:

We love spaghetti squash! Replace for regular pasta or mix it up with some stir fry. Yum!

Alison says:

My kids like it with tomato sauce.

Dana Moore says:

My 3 girls like it turned into “Mac” and cheese. I made a cheese sauce and toss the spaghetti squash in with some chicken and roasted veggies. Delish!

Caroline R says:

Spagetti and meatballs of course!

Kiana Barber says:

They like it in the crockpot! I put the halved squash in the crockpot and pour spaghetti sauce over the top and add frozen meatballs. After a couple hours of cooking, I scrape the spaghetti squash out and discard the shell. They like it better than traditional spaghetti noodles.

Amy Borum says:

My three boys love their squash! We like to roast and eat squash with savory fixings on the side of a meal (butter/salt/pepper, spaghetti sauce). Thank you for all of the great kiddo recipes!

Sara says:

Cheesey squash casserole all-the-way!

Kristin Herzberg says:

My kids love eating spaghetti squash mixed with spaghetti and topped with maranara and a cauliflower/walnut crumble.

Kelly Sharrow says:

My kids love it with garlic, a little olive oil and Parmesan cheese!!

Rebekah moya says:

Kids love to eat spaghetti squash with ground turkey and spaghetti sauce they think it’s regular spaghetti there’s still small so constantly try new healthy meals for them.

Jessica rocha-SLemmons says:

My kids favorite way to eat spaghetti squash is with butter! Lol. Just simple butter. Maybe a little sugar. I know there are many ways to make it and I’ll keep trying more ways with him. That’s just his fave so far.

Holli Merrell says:

I love this post! I haven’t tried much with spaghetti squash but would love to try more so this is super helpful. The times that I have made it my child’s favorite way to eat it is with spaghetti sauce!

Lauren Mardon says:

We love eating it with a tomato meat sauce and lots of cheese. ?

Chelsie Cryer says:

I’ve made it with sugar free pizza sauce, various cheeses and whole eggs that backed together. Super yummy.

I’ve also mixed it with shredded zucchini for a pasta-less spaghetti bake!

Megan Gray says:

I’ve only ever tried spaghetti squash one way and that was with a meat marinara sauce. It was absolutely delicious! I ate that at someone else’s home and have been hesitant to try and cook it for my family. This post is super helpful and I dare say I’m going to try to cook it for my family.

Lauren says:

Favorite way used to be just with pasta sauce until I tried the spaghetti squash bake-the one with broccoli and the cheese sauce-what a hit, we had leftovers that were eaten immediately the next day!

Krista R says:

My kids love to eat spaghetti squash with tomato sauce, meatballs, and Parmesan cheese on top.

Tiffany says:

Love the tips! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity! Pretty basic but, my children love when I substitute spaghetti noodles with the spaghetti squash. Such an easy way to make a family favorite a little more healthier and unique!

Cynthia Williams says:

That broccoli, cheese, spaghetti squash casserole is a huge hit at our house…thanks for the recipe!

Kerrigan O’Connell says:

Love the recipes! They either go for the squash with spaghetti sauce or simply butter!

Alyssa says:

He won’t eat squash unfortunately! But I love to eat it plain or with sour cream:)

Hilda V says:

My daughter loves to eat spaghetti squash with mozzarella, Parmesan and garlic oven cooked with marinara sauce on top.

Natalie says:

Truth be told, my kids don’t really enjoy spaghetti squash! I love it with butter and salt and pepper. Hopefully after some more exposure my littles will like it more!

Danielle says:

Spaghetti squash with pesto is always a hit with my kids!

Lori Leduc says:

My 2 kids love Spaghetti Squash cooked in t he crock pot in different recipes! Yum yum!

Holli Molina says:

My 2 year old loves it when I make spaghetti squash with garlic butter and scallops. We use it like we would spaghetti!

Kelly Gaines says:

My kiddo loves it with spaghetti sauce and hamburger – we replace our wheat noodles with spaghetti squash all the time 😉

Delilah says:

Mixed in with their regular spaghetti! They don’t even know ?

Misty deibel says:

My kids love it with taco meat, tomtoates, olives and cheese. So like a taco amazing texture and always a win. Baked in oven

Julie says:

We love spaghetti squash just about any way but the kid-favorite is anything with cheese! We discovered the Orangetti variety and it’s great. Mmmm

Sabrina says:

My kids are not quite ready to eat it alone but when I mix it in spaghetti and marinara sauce they eat it right up!

Tarah says:

And I was already planning on making spaghetti squash this coming week, thank you!! This post is full of helpful information!

While I don’t have any kids yet, I LOVE the recipe for avocado pesto spaghetti squash that @SuperHealthyKids has posted on PrePear. Super delicious and that app is a lifesaver!!!

Amie Rethmeier says:

With homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs!

Amanda says:

My daughters favorite way is with tomato, spinach and a little lemon cooked down to make a light sauce on top with some chicken!

Jiyoung sung says:

My kids favorite way to eat spaghetti squash is tomato sauce with lots of cheese!

Catherine says:

I havent cooked one yet, but have one sitting on my counter to try! So this info is super helpful!

Sarah says:

My kids love spaghetti squash in Asian stir fries or made into cheesy, veggie “hash browns”.
Would LOVE to win this knife!!

Krista Townsend says:

Our favorite way to eat spaghetti squash is with a nice classic red sauce, with a few extra grated veggies thrown in, plus some meatballs 🙂

Emily says:

My kids love the cheesy spaghetti squash bake!

Bonnie williams says:

My kids like it with some butter and Parmesan crusted on top Yum!

Alexis G Moffitt says:

With brown butter and Parmesan!

Elizabeth says:

We love Spaghetti Squash!! I make a spaghetti squash casserole that has hamburger, red pepper , onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, and is topped with mozzarella cheese. So delish and is a fave of even my pickiest eater.

Julie Brown says:

We love to make a spaghetti squash lasagna bake with marinara and a tofu ricotta! Yum.

Zeel says:

My kiddo is not a squash person. I am trying to make him into one, no pressure there:) He does love his veggies so it won’t be too hard I think.

Anne Vitello says:

I love eating spaghetti squash when I make spaghetti with meat sauce for my family. They eat traditional spaghetti (pasta & sauce) and I bake a spaghetti squash and eat it with the meat sauce and parm cheese on top! Or meatballs with sauce on top! Delish!

McCall Johnson says:

Butter and salt and pepper

Suzanne says:

Mine like it with a bit of butter and sprinkle of Parmesan 🙂

Erin says:

My three kids love it with pasta sauce and meatballs!

Melynda says:

Favorite way to eat it is with lots of cheese!

Lee-Anne says:

My kids favourite way to eat spaghetti squash is as a side dish served warm with butter, salt & pepper.

Daph says:

Saving this link, love all these (and your other) recipes! I use spaghetti squash for everything…my kids favorite way to eat it is with meatballs on top in place of pasta. I also blend it in with anything I make into patties (turkey burgers, etc.) to sneak in some extra veggies and they love it that way too. That knife looks amazing!

Hannah Wisnoski says:

With sausage , spegetti sauce and a ton of Parmesan hahaha

Karen says:

Great recipe! They love it with sauce and meatballs!!

Anne says:

As pasta noodles with marinara. I can’t wait to try cooking it in the Instant Pot as I get scared I’m going to chop my hand off every time I slice a raw one!

Stacey D says:

One of my kids likes spaghetti squash with butter, the other with marinara sauce.

Emily says:

Spaghetti squash carbonara!

Sylvia Madrid says:

I run an in home preschool. I add Trader Joe’s creamy tomato spaghetti sauce and ground turkey! Yumm!

Shauna says:

We love to eat spaghetti squash with meatballs and ragu garden vegetable sauce.

Heidi says:

They love it in a casserole that has butternut squash mixed into it and then topped with a white cheese sauce. It’s really great left over too!

Neisha Winter says:

I love it with the classic meat spaghetti sauce and breadsticks.

Elizabeth D says:

We love it shredded with meatballs and red sauce! Would looooove to win this knife 🙂 Thanks for this awesome and helpful post!

Heidi says:

Great post thank you! My kids and I love eating spaghetti squash pulverized and in place of mashed potatoes or baked potato with butter and sour cream.

Alexis Hatchard says:

My family and I LOVE the cheesy broccoli spaghetti squash recipe from you guys!! I add shredded chicken and it turns out delicious every time. I make it seriously like once a week!

Annie Porter says:

With marinara!

Nina says:

Noodles are a toddler favorite and this is a healthy substitute.

Vicky says:

They love the Italian baked spaghetti squash from your site, it’s soooo good!!!!

Melissa Miller says:

My family LOVES your spaghetti squash broccoli cheese bake! Sooooo yummy!

Eileen Buleza says:

Stuffed with chicken sausage, onion, spinach and a healthy cheese sauce

Alana says:

Thank you for the chance to win! Favorite way is roasted or oven-baked with lots of Parmesan cheese!

Talia says:

My kids like it with meat sauce on top!

Heather orcutt says:

We use it just like spaghetti noodles and put red or alfredo sauce with it.

Erica says:

Love to use in place of spaghetti noodles!

Megan Henderson says:

With meatballs and marinara!

Heather Eavers says:

We do not currently eat spaghetti squash but I would love to become more comfortable with it and add it to our meals.

Emilee says:

Honestly we haven’t tried it ???

Kristin says:

My favorite way to eat spaghetti squash is baked, adding shrimp, garlic and olive oil, Alfredo sauce and some Italian seasoning. A healthier version of shrimp fettuccine Alfredo, it’s delicious and my 16 month old adores it!
I’ve actually broke a knife trying to cut one open before!

L. Bailey says:

I have yet to try spaghetti squash with my 3 y.o. but I remember my mom making it as replacement for spaghetti noodles when I was a teen. I liked it, I just never think to do it!

Erica S. says:

We love to use it in place of spaghetti noodles!!

Jessica says:

My little one likes it baked work a little spaghetti sauce. I only have one good sharp knife. I’d love to have another. Last weekend my mom was helping me prep for a big family dinner but we kept having to wait for the good knife to be free, it took us forever! Thanks and love all you do.

Amy Meier says:

With marinara and roasted veggies! ? Or pesto!

Cris says:

Thank you! Love all the methods and options of cooking and preparing this wonderful veg! … any and all recipes for this would be fantastic!! … love your site!

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