Properly Prepared Spaghetti Squash

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins

This recipe can be substituted in ANY pasta sauce or recipe, and it can be eaten hot or cold. Very versatile main or side dish - and very hard to screw up.


  1. Preheat oven to 350-375.
  2. Halve raw spaghetti squash with a sturdy sharp knife, scoop out, and discard the squash poop with a spoon.
  3. Place halves onto an oven safe cooking dish face up.
  4. Clean head of garlic and thinly slice garlic, (the larger pieces of garlic brown nicely, and offer a wonderful layer of complexity to the dish).
  5. Spread garlic into the bowl like shape of the squash, salt and pepper vigorously, drizzle with a 50/50 mixture of olive oil, and vegetable oil (get the oil everywhere inside the squash).
  6. Place onto the upper middle rack of the oven for about 30-40 minutes. (You will know it is ready when the squash separates with little resistance from the skin).
  7. Remove from oven, and place in coldest location possible for at least 20 minutes, before separating from skin.
  8. Use a fork to scoop and separate squash strands, add any other ingredients you like at this point.
  9. Parmesan, Romano, or Pecorino, Feta, are all excellent additions to this dish, as well as, meat, sausage, veggies, olives, the list is endless.
  10. WARNING **** If you use a loose tomato based sauce DO NOT add it immediately to the squash; this makes the squash runny, mushy, and unpalatable. Instead garnish the dish with a little bit of sauce atop the squash, and then offer more sauce on the side, in a separate dish.
  11. If you ever had it served this way you know what I mean.
  12. You can also take any leftovers and add a little bit of flour, and make into patties and fry.


Most Helpful

So easy and yummy! I had to cook mine about 45 minutes at 360. We had it with my spaghetti sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. It was great!! I had some leftover squash cold today with my lunch and it was really good that way as well. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!!

septfair June 09, 2010

Outstanding! This is by far the best way I've found to prepare spaghetti squash. We only had minced garlic, so we just spread a bunch of that inside the halves, and it worked out well. Other than that minor change, we followed the recipe as written. The strands weren't mushy, and we served them with a tomato-based meat sauce. My six-year-old scarfed it right up - I may never serve regular spaghetti again! We also had a good bit left to freeze, which is always nice. Thanks so much for sharing!

bunkie68 February 02, 2009

I have made spaghetti squash many times, but when using it as a pasta substitute it always failed because it was so watery. I used to bake it rind side up because that is what all the instructions I saw online said to do. I decided to try it this way, and sprinkling the inside with salt and baking it pulp side up seems to make the squash perfect! Thank you so much for this way of preparing it! I cut the squash in half, sprinkled it with salt and pepper and garlic powder (I was too lazy to deal with real garlic), and rubbed it down with oil. I baked it at 350 for about 45 minutes, at which point there was a pool of liquid in the bowl of the squash. I poured it out and baked it another half an hour, then let it sit on the counter to cool. The sweetness of the squash went perfectly with the bite of this:

vdm86 January 26, 2012

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