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Cooked Spaghetti Squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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  • Author: Sachi
  • Total Time: 15-60 minutes
  • Yield: 1 squash 1x
  • Diet: Diabetic


Spaghetti squash makes an excellent keto-friendly substitute for pasta.


  • 1 spaghetti squash


Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise with a kitchen knife.

Scoop out the seeds and pulp with a spoon.

Choose a cooking method.

To bake:

  1. Place cut sides down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a 400°F oven and roast for 45-60 minutes.
  2. Test for doneness by piercing the flesh of the squash with a fork. The squash is done when the fork slides easily into the flesh, aka 'fork tender'.
  3. Let the squash cool.

  4. Shred the flesh with a fork to separate the squash into strings that resemble strands of spaghetti noodles. 

To microwave:

  1. Place squash cut-side down on a microwave safe plate.
  2. Microwave on high heat for 10 minutes. 

  3. Turn over and let cool for 5 minutes. This releases the steam and keeps the squash from becoming watery.

  4. Use a fork to separate the strands.


  • Splitting the squash in half could take a bit of wiggling the knife back and forth. Don't force it, just take your time and be careful not to cut yourself.
  • If the squash is not fork tender, add a few minutes of cook time and let it rest.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-60 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake or Microwave
  • Cuisine: American