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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time37 mins



  • Preheat oven to 425° and place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet tray.
  • Place spaghetti squash on a cutting board.
  • Using a large, sharp knife, cut it in half the short way. For example: instead of cutting it end to end, cut it right down the center. Each half will have an end piece. This is what creates the long strands that resemble spaghetti noodles. Cutting it the other way results in short noodles.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out all the seeds and throw them away.
  • Sprinkle a little salt on each half and place cut side down on the sheet tray.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until skin can be easily pierced with a fork.
  • Once out of the oven, flip each side over to release steam and let cool.
  • Let cool for about 10 minutes and pull strands away from the skin using a fork.
  • Top with tomato sauce, ghee and garlic, pesto or whatever you want!


*Instant Pot Instructions: Follow steps 2-4 then place the squash in the Instant Pot on the steam rack. Add 1/4 cup of water, put the lid on, and make sure the valve is closed. Hit the "manual" button and reduce the time to 8 minutes. Once done, hit "cancel" release the pressure and remove with tongs. Shred and use as desired.