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Spaghetti squash

How to Cut Spaghetti Squash

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings when roasted 1x


Everyone’s favorite squash has a trick for cutting it that results in the longest “noodles”. Here’s how to cut spaghetti squash!


  • 1 spaghetti squash


  1. Find a small sharp paring knife. (It might seem odd that a small knife could cut this large squash. But this is the safest method because it helps to prevent slippage that happens with a large knife.)
  2. Cut around the middle width-wise (not lengthwise!). To cut it, pierce the knife into the squash and swing down, making small slices around the squash. Cutting it this way makes the longest strands or “noodles”.
  3. Using your hands, snap the squash open. 
  4. Cut around the seeds with the knife. 
  5. Scoop the seeds out with a spoon. Cook the spaghetti squash using your favorite method.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut spaghetti squash