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How to Make Spaghetti Squash Pasta

How to make spaghetti squash pasta is quite easy in your oven or pressure cooker. Add meat sauce and it’s our favorite cheesy low carb spaghetti recipe! Whether you use your oven or make a quick batch of air fryer spaghetti squash, you’ll love it.

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We talked about how to cook spaghetti squash fast the other week in our pressure cooker. Now we’re sharing how we made spaghetti squash pasta in the oven. You’d never know these “noodles” weren’t the ones you buy in the store! In just 40 minutes you can serve this low carb gluten free dinner everyone will love. (affiliate links present)

How to Make Pasta with Spaghetti Squash

I was curious what all the hype was about. Vegetable noodles used as an alternative to the boxed type I always buy at the store were questionable to me. Honestly, it didn’t sound tasty. I was WRONG! Imagined that cook time for spaghetti this way would be faster but didn’t realize how much I’d love it too.

Here we cut it in half and cook under high pressure, the best method of all. You can roast spaghetti squash whole in the oven too if you would prefer. We will share all the ways below. If you are on the keto low carb diet craze you may have already made these time and time again. I am not but am trying to eat healthier and always looking for great alternatives when it comes to meals.

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Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

One night I gave it a whirl with my family and didn’t even tell them what I was experimenting with, surprisingly it passed for spaghetti. Yep.

Ok so if I am being honest they did realize about halfway thru the meal that it was a bit different than they remembered and asked what was up. I relayed my experiment and they were as surprised as I was, and said we should do this one again and again.

  • We were all REALLY surprised that the spaghetti squash noodles were remarkably similar to boxed. It was remarkable that it took a while to really tell the difference once the sauce and cheese were added.

Now it is my go to half of the time I make this popular dish. Only reason I don’t do it always is really my laziness, it is a bit more time consuming than my normal every week Instant Pot spaghetti recipe.

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

How do you soften spaghetti squash to cut it?

Sometimes it is quite hard and not easily sliced. In this case you can put it into the microwave for 3 minutes which will do the trick. Use a sharp utensil as well with a cutting board underneath it which will help with the leverage. Follow these steps:

  1. Use a knife or fork and poke all the way around lengthwise where you want to slice it open.
  2. Put it into your microwave for 5 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly.

Put on a cutting board and it will be easier to slice the squash in half like you see below. I haven’t had an issue with myself but my husband is kinda’ a knife sharpening nut and I use the largest one in my block, comes right open for me.

How do you cut spaghetti squash for noodles?

You will want to slice it lengthwise so they are as long as possible. You can see here what I am talking about. In this case they can be about half the length of a typical pasta strand or so.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

How do you cook spaghetti squash in the oven?

This way you’re going to want to place both halves on a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • First rub some olive oil and salt sprinkles on the outside, especially along the outer exposed edges.
  • Bake with the flesh side down for 25 to 30 minutes or until it is very fork tender.
  • Allow it to cool enough for you to hold each half with a folded dish towel underneath.
  • Gently scrape the “noodles” out.
    • Keep in mind the deeper you go the firmer the noodles will be
    • If you want them very tender stay with the top strands that come off very easily

How can you cook spaghetti squash so it doesn’t taste like al dente noodles?

Many times the complaint is the texture, it isn’t like noodles. You can get it closer to that though if you quickly blanch those strands right away in some salted boiling water for 1 minute, no longer. Then set on paper towels to dry before saucing.

While the yellow squash is roasting you can combine your sauce and cheeses so they will be ready. Warm this before adding it to noodles that have been scraped out into a bowl and drained to remove excess water.

OR here are directions for making Ninja Foodi spaghetti squash pasta, so tender in no time! For this one we jazzed it up and made a version of spaghetti squash pizza pasta which was fun for the kids. Used the same sauce and cheese but added diced pepperoni and mushrooms into the mix too. There are so many ways to dress these up.

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    Spaghetti Squash Pasta Ingredients

    There are a few things you’re going to want to take out if you are going to roast squash in the oven to get it nice and tender.

    1. Baking sheet
    2. Sharp knife
    3. 1 spaghetti squash – or more but only 1 fit in my Instant Pot, so if you’re using that method but feeding a crowd it will take several batches to get it all done so oven may be better for more than 1 whole piece.
    4. Spaghetti pasta sauce of your choice, or some just like butter and some garlic salt for a lighter side dish
      1. marinara sauce or meat
      2. or make homemade Instant Pot spaghetti sauce
    5. Parmesan cheese or mozzarella works
    6. Pre-cooked ground beef – or spicy sausage is amazing
    7. Fresh basil is a nice touch
    8. Salt and pepper to taste

    Then just gently mix all your other spaghetti items, put it back into your spaghetti squash shells, pop them into the oven to warm it all back up and melt your cheese a bit and you’re ready to dig in! Start to finish this will take about 45 minutes if you use your oven, shorter with other 2 methods linked.

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    Easy Spaghetti Squash Pasta Recipe

    There is a printable free recipe card at the very bottom but here is a quick rundown. Once you scrape the strands out you can make all sorts of things like fried squash in oil to make them crispy and beyond.

    • You can cook spaghetti squash in pressure cooker or follow oven directions below.
    • In the oven you first want to start by preheating to 400 degrees F.
      • Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
      • Rub flesh side and edges with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt.
      • Put on baking sheet with flesh side facing down.
    • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until insides are very fork tender. Allow to cool until you can hold it with a dish towel in your hand (will be hot) and gently scrape the “noodles” out.
      • The deeper you go the less tender the noodles will be
    • Put all your spaghetti squash noodles in a bowl, drain all of the liquid out of that bowl.
    • Add your 1.5 cups of spaghetti sauce and 1/4 c. parmesan cheese.
      • Add cooked ground beef, taco meat or sausage now if you’re adding that.
    • Gently mix together so “noodles” are coated.
    • Split this mixture in half and spoon back into your squash “bowls”. Put these on your baking sheet.
    • Top with mozzarella and green onions if desired.
    • Bake in the oven again for about 10 minutes or until cheese on top begins to melt.
    • Serve….you’ll never know they weren’t traditional noodles.

    Other squash recipes you should try after you fall in love with this one are; Butternut squash cubes in air fryer are my kids’ favorite because they’re bite size chunks of YUM. Our air fryer butternut squash cubes or air fryer pumpkin slices pair with anything.

    How do you pick squash for spaghetti?

    Choose one that feels heavy for its size. This indicates that it is dense and filled with moisture, which will result in better flavor and texture. You want a consistent, yellow color. Avoid squash with green spots or patches, as this may indicate that it’s underripe. However, a few small green patches are generally okay.

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    Spaghetti Squash Pasta

    How to make spaghetti squash pasta and then make them double stuffed with your spaghetti "noodles"! Great healthy meal done in 20 minutes!
    Course Entree, Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword gluten free, instant pot, noodles, pressure cooker, spaghetti, squash, stuffed
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Servings 4
    Calories 413kcal
    Author The Typical Mom

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    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Rub flesh side and edges with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt. Put on baking sheet with flesh side down.
    • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until flesh is very fork tender. Allow to cool until you can hold it with a dish towel in your hand (will be hot) and gently scrape the "noodles" out. (the deeper you go the less tender the noodles will be)
    • Put all your spaghetti squash noodles in a bowl, drain liquid out of that bowl.
    • Add 1.5 cups of spaghetti sauce and 1/4 c. parmesan cheese. Add cooked ground beef or sausage now if you're adding that.
    • Gently mix together so “noodles” are coated.
    • Split this mixture in half and spoon back into your squash “bowls”. Put these on a baking sheet.
    • Top with mozzarella and green onions if desired.
    • Bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese on top begins to melt.
    • Serve….you’ll never know they weren’t traditional noodles.

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    Nutrition Facts
    Spaghetti Squash Pasta
    Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
    Calories 413 Calories from Fat 234
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 26g40%
    Saturated Fat 9g56%
    Cholesterol 57mg19%
    Sodium 1911mg83%
    Potassium 1289mg37%
    Carbohydrates 31g10%
    Fiber 7g29%
    Sugar 18g20%
    Protein 19g38%
    Vitamin A 1555IU31%
    Vitamin C 22.9mg28%
    Calcium 214mg21%
    Iron 4.5mg25%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    How to Make Spaghetti Squash Pasta
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