The Best Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Learn how to make the best oven roasted spaghetti squash — it’s low maintenance and turns out tasty every single time!

Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite over looked veggies! I love that you can do so many things with it.

The Best Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is one of those veggies that had a hot and trendy take-off a few years ago, and it’s maintained its amazing status as a low-calorie pasta alternative ever since. In my house, we LOVE us some spaghetti squash. But there’s something about the “normal” way people cut and roast these vegetables that I wasn’t a huge fan of… Cutting them longways was always a pain to me. Even using a sharp knife, the size and thickness of these squash made cutting them this way too difficult, so I found a new way!

Enter: the best oven roast spaghetti squash…ever. Rather than making one long cut, you remove both ends and then cut it down into rings, which is MUCH more doable and easier than the other way, in my opinion. Plus, it roasts much quicker this way, and I am all about saving time and upping efficiency in the kitchen. All you need is a roughly 2-pound spaghetti squash and some salt for it to taste amazing and be ready in well under an hour. Serve it with your favorite pasta toppings — we like red sauce, meatballs, and fresh herbs — and voila! You’re enjoying a healthy, filling, and yummy pasta hack in no time.

What does spaghetti squash taste like?

Roasted and shredded spaghetti squash looks like thin pasta noodles and even has a similar texture to pasta, but the taste is milder than real pasta. It’s not as sweet or earthy as other squash varietals, and in fact tastes almost bland — but not in a bad way! A little salt and some pasta toppings do it wonders, and it’s filling and healthy.

How do you know when spaghetti squash goes bad?

A good spaghetti squash will be a bright color with a firm exterior. If it has brown spots, is discolored, or is very dull in color, it has probably gone bad or is well on its way. Luckily, spaghetti squash have a long shelf life in comparison to other produce, so pick one or two good ones in the store, and they should last for at least a couple weeks before you cook them.

How many days does cooked spaghetti squash last?

After roasting your spaghetti squash, leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge and last for up to 3 to 5 days.

Is eating spaghetti squash good for you?

Yes! It’s a veggie that is packed with nutrients and minerals, including fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 — plus, it’s low in calories and fat, making it a light alternative to regular pasta meals.

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The Best Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2-4 1x

Description

Learn how to make the best oven roasted spaghetti squash — it’s low maintenance and turns out tasty every single time!


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Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds)
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. Give the squash a quick rinse.
  3. Cut the blossom end and stem end off of the squash.
  4. Cut the squash into rings that are 2 inches wide.
  5. Use a spoon to scrape out any seeds from the middle of the rings.
  6. Place the rings on the baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  7. If you have time, let the rings rest for 15 minutes (so that the salt will bring some of the water out of the squash — this helps but isn’t crucial.)
  8. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 10 minutes (the foil helps to steam the squash).
  9. Uncover and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes, until the squash is very tender and pulls apart with a fork.
  10. Remove from the oven, shred, and serve as you like.

Notes

  • Category: side
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: spaghetti, spaghetti squash, side, low carb, vegetable side, side

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I learned this cooking method from my friend Beth at Pass the Plants.

You will love this method on how to cook spaghetti squash because it’s easy, quick, and creates a lusciously tender end product that’s perfect with any of your favorite pasta toppings!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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