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These spaghetti squash recipes prove that everything’s better with squash! Try everything from roasted to lasagna to pad Thai.

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Roasting spaghetti squash and scraping it into long, luxurious noodles seems like a trick invented by a clever marketer. There’s something about this squash that’s just plain fun, and of course those noodles are completely all natural! Everyone’s favorite squash can be made into so many different things: mac and cheese, pad Thai, a simple side of “noodles,” or spaghetti with marinara. Here are all our favorite spaghetti squash recipes to make this season!

And now… our top spaghetti squash recipes!

How to cut spaghetti squash

While most people think they know the right way to cut spaghetti squash: there’s actually a trick to it! Cutting it width-wise actually makes for the longest, most luxurious noodles. Here’s a video Alex made that shows you exactly how to cut it!

Spaghetti squash nutrition

As you might guess from its bright yellow color, spaghetti squash is full of nutrients. According to the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, squash is full of beta carotene, protein, Vitamin C & B6, potassium, and fiber.

While there are no studies to cite on specific health benefits of spaghetti squash, here’s what we can say! A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, and have a positive effect on blood sugar to keep your appetite in check.

More squash recipes

Got butternut instead? Found a delicata and not sure how to use it? Here are some resources for other types of squash:

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Spaghetti squash spaghetti

15 Fun Spaghetti Squash Recipes

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 as a main; 4 with protein 1x


The best way to eat everyone’s favorite squash? Spaghetti squash spaghetti! The noodles are sauteed with herbs, then topped with marinara and Parmesan.


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (3 pounds)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (or sub olive oil for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to serve (or Vegan Parmesan Cheese)
  • Marinara sauce (use Easy Marinara Sauce or Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with meat or veggie crumbles)
  • Protein, if serving as a main dish*


  1. Cook the spaghetti squash: Make Roasted Spaghetti Squash or Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash.
  2. Mince the garlic.
  3. When the squash is cooked, heat a large skillet to medium low. Add the butter and olive oil and warm until melted. Add the garlic, oregano, basil, onion powder, and garlic powder. Warm, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes until garlic just starts to brown. Remove from heat and add squash noodles, kosher salt and grated Parmesan cheese. Toss until well combined. Taste, and add salt as necessary.
  4. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and a bit more grated Parmesan cheese.


*Since squash isn’t as filling as normal noodles, you may want to serve with meat, eggplant meatballs, veggie meatballs, lentils, walnut meat, crispy tofu, tofu crumbles, or another plant based protein. We served with goat cheese, bread, and a salad.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Squash
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!