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Close up of half a spaghetti squash with the noodles formed in the inside.
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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is such a delicious and versatile vegetable. It makes for a healthy and easy side dish that only takes a few ingredients to make! Here’s how to cook it in the oven!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Justin Coit


  • Sheet Pan


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the it lengthwise in half and scoop out seeds.
  • Drizzle olive oil over inside of the squash and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the squash halves cut side down onto a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes. You can check if it's done if you're easily able to pierce the inside of the squash with a fork.
  • Scrape and fluff the inside of the squash with a fork to create the "spaghetti."



  • When you roast it in the oven, cut-side down, it will produce golden, caramelized edges that add flavor. When roasting cut side up, the moisture will pool in the squash where you spooned out the seeds. 
  • Due to the varying sizes of the squashes, you should think of the cooking time shared here as a guideline and not set in stone. The vegetable is done roasting in the oven when you can easily pierce through the skin and flesh with a fork.
  • Don’t bother trying to cut through the stem as it is very tough and too difficult to cut through safely.
  • If you’re having difficulties cutting the squash in half, you can poke a couple of holes in the squash, outlining where you plan to cut, then microwave for 1 minute to soften the shell. You should be able to cut through easier afterward.
  • If you plan on roasting more than one at once in the oven, try to pick similar sized squashes so the cook time doesn't vary.


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg