Roasted Spaghetti Squash is a healthy alternative to carb-heavy dishes like pasta and rice. It’s nutritious and delicious and super easy to prepare!
Have you ever wondered how to cook a spaghetti squash? Don’t be intimidated—it’s so easy! I frequently serve roasted spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta, but don’t be fooled by folks who will claim that it’s “just like pasta,” because, no, it’s squash. It tastes like squash. It looks like squash. It feels like squash. But…spaghetti squash is a slightly bland, neutral squash with long strings that do resemble spaghetti noodles, and I think it’s a perfectly acceptable alternative to pasta in many dishes.
One of my favorite ways to serve roasted spaghetti squash is with a simple tomato sauce, like Marcella Hazan’s famous tomato sauce. Add a green salad and you have a lovely, hearty, vegetable-based meal. You can also toss the spaghetti squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and serve it as a side with almost any meat dish.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Preheat the oven to 400 and then cut the spaghetti squash in half—and let me warn you, these little suckers are hard to cut into! As Elmer Fudd would say, “Be vewwwy, vewwwy cahhful!” I usually get the knife in partway and then just kind of bang the whole thing on the cutting board, which causes the knife to slip in all the way. Then pull it toward one end and do the banging thing again. This is not a scientific nor a culinary school-recommended method of cutting spaghetti squash but it works for me. So, however you manage it, get the squash cut in half, scoop out and throw away the seeds and pulp, then place the squash halves on a large, rimmed baking sheet covered in parchment paper or foil.
Drizzle the squash halves with olive oil and liberally sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then flip the spaghetti squash halves over so they are cut-side down and roast in the oven about 45 minutes.
Remove the squash from the oven. Using a fork (and a hotpad!), scrape the insides of the spaghetti squash to release the flesh, which will come out in long strips resembling noodles. Scrape all the way down to the skin and place the squash in a bowl.
At this point, you can serve the roasted spaghetti squash plain, with a little more olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, or you can add a sauce or include the squash in a dish with other ingredients. It’s so versatile and really brings out the flavors of other foods.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash – A Simple Tutorial
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400. Rinse and dry the outside of the spaghetti squash. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Cut squash in half, scoop out and discard seeds and pulp.
- Drizzle inside of squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place cut sides of squash down on baking sheet. Roast in oven for 45-50 minutes, uncovered.
- Remove squash from oven and shred pulp with a fork. Place shredded squash in a bowl, season with additional olive oil, salt, and pepper and serve.