How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

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You probably know how popular spaghetti squash is for the keto diet. Knowing How to Roast Spaghetti Squash is a must if you are going to be adding it to your meal plan. It is so versatile and a great way to feel like you are eating pasta without all of the carbs!
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How to Roast Spaghetti Squash

I admit I wasn’t sure what to expect. I kept seeing all these recipes on Pinterest with spaghetti squash instead of noodles and I thought surely these people had lost their minds. There is no way that spaghetti squash is good, much less as good as noodles. But, in our quest to eat healthier I was willing to give it a try.

I have to admit I was very pleasantly surprised. I actually loved it! Spaghetti Squash has a rich peppery flavor and is so easy to roast. I’ve included step-by-step directions below for how to roast spaghetti squash. 

Prepare the spaghetti squash 

1. Wash spaghetti squash then poke holes and microwave for 5 min. (Thanks to helpful friends for this tip, otherwise you’ll feel like you might lose a finger in step 2).

2. Cut in half and scrape out the seeds (like a cantaloupe).

3. Brush lightly with olive oil, and salt and pepper.

4. Turn face down and bake at 400 degrees until tender about 30-45 min depending on size of spaghetti squash.

5.The outside will brown a little like this. When you scrape out the inside it looks like noodles.

Recipes using spaghetti squash

You can easily eat spaghetti squash just by itself. However, it is used most often in recipes as a base for sauces. We’ve used spaghetti squash in tons of ways now, and have fallen in love with how delicious it is as a base for pasta sauces! Our Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats is a favorite recipe that is kid-friendly and delicious. You could easily add our Italian Meatball Casserole as an option to serve with spaghetti squash. It has tons of flavor and would be a perfect pairing to this delicious “noodle” vegetable.

More Keto Friendly Recipes

We love using this method for how to roast spaghetti squash, but there are tons of other great keto-friendly recipes. Casseroles are a great option on the keto diet. You may be surprised to hear that, but in fact, they are ideal for prepping ahead. Keto casseroles can be a great option for planning your meals for the week in advance. Kids love them, and so do you! Below are some of our favorite keto casserole ideas!


  1. I am just a beginner going for the Keto lifestyle change & these recipes look fabulous! I can hardly wait to try them & I am for sure going to report back to you! I am a skeptic so it should be interesting! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. There are several ways to cook spaghetti squash that all yield same product.

    In the oven as described above was one of two that my mother originally taught me and I used oven method for years.

    However I have a friend that does similar method but does it faster by replacing step#4 above by cooking an additional 10-15 minutes in the microwave (rather than 45 minutes in the oven).

    During holidays, I discovered that you could also do it in a slow cooker. It was so easy;
    1) rinse and poke holes all around squash squash.
    2) put whole squash in crockpot. You can add 1/4 cup water but I’ve been told that may not be necessary.
    3) cook on low ….about 1.5 hours per pound. [I’ve heard you can do it on high for about an hour per pound ….but haven’t tried as I rarely to never use high setting myself.]
    4) When done, put on cutting board and allow to cool slightly. THEN cut in half and remove seeds. Now ready to scrape and eat.
    So simple….and was good to know as oven was busy with other things.

    1. I’ll have to try the slow cooker method. I really like the taste the roasting brings out so I don’t think I’d enjoy it fully cooked in the microwave but perhaps cooking it in the slow cooker would be different. Thanks so much for sharing.

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