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Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Garlic and Butter

Jaden Hair
I prefer to under-bake the spaghetti squash just a bit, so it still retains just a slight crunch. Baking time really depends on how big your squash is - try to get the smallest one, especially if you’re only feeding 4 people. The spaghetti squash is ready if you can pierce the squash with a paring knife with little resistance. If you’re a garlic lover, don’t be shy - use more!
For faster cooking, microwave the whole squash for 2-4 minutes (to soften enough to cut through thick skin). Cut lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Place squash cut-side down on baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes until tender.
4.84 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 105 kcal


  • 1 small spaghetti squash about 3-4 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 cup finely minced parsley or other fresh herb
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Pierce squash a few times with sharp paring knife (to let steam escape). Bake spaghetti squash for 60 minutes, or until a paring knife pierces easily through skin with little resistance. Let squash cool for 10 minutes.
  • Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Use a fork to remove and discard the seeds. Continue using fork to scrape the squash to get long, lovely strands. If the squash seem difficult to scrape, place squash halves cut side down, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • To serve 4 people, you'll use about 4 cups of the spaghetti squash strands. Heat a large saute pan with the butter and the garlic over medium-low heat. When garlic becomes fragrant, add parsley, salt and spaghetti squash strands. Toss well, sprinkle in the parmesan cheese and taste to see if you need additional salt. The spaghetti squash should have a slight crunch - but if you like it softer, cover the pan and cook 2 more minutes.


Calories: 105kcal
Keyword baked squash, spaghetti squash, vegetarian side
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