How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (The Best Way!)
No fuss, no mush, just tender and delicious spaghetti squash! This way, the moisture can pool on the pan instead of collecting inside the spaghetti squash, and you end up with a perfect built-in bowl that you can load up with toppings.
Here’s the best way to cook spaghetti squash! Cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, rub a little olive oil and salt on the inside, and roast in the oven cut-side down. No fuss, no mush, just tender and delicious spaghetti squash! Recipe as written yields 2 baked squash halves (1 squash total); you can easily bake 4 halves (2 squash) at a time on a large baking sheet.
1 spaghetti squash
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sprinkle of salt and pepper
To prepare the spaghetti squash, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up.
Use a very sharp chef’s knife to cut off the tip-top and very bottom ends of the spaghetti squash. Stand the squash upright on a stable surface and carefully slice through it from top to bottom to divide it in half.
Use a large spoon to scoop out the spaghetti squash seeds and discard them. Drizzle the insides of each squash half with 1 teaspoon olive oil and rub it all over the inside, adding more oil if necessary. Sprinkle salt and pepper lightly over the interiors of the squash, then place them cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, until the cut sides are turning golden and the interiors are easily pierced through with a fork. Small squash will be done sooner than large squash, naturally!
Once the squash is done baking, fluff the interiors with a fork to make the insides spaghetti-like. Serve as desired.