The easy way to cook a spaghetti squash (and a collection of recipes!)

Spaghetti squash happens to be one of my favorite squashes. I love that I can use it for a grain free/gluten free noodle alternative. With it being slightly sweet, it is even a favorite among the kids here.

However, hacking into a spaghetti squash is not my idea of fun. I’m thankful I haven’t cut any fingers off, for.sure.

The easy way to cook spaghetti squash (and a collection of recipes)

But, let me tell you my friends, there is an EASY way to cook that spaghetti squash without losing fingers or using a microwave.

You can put that squash right in your crock pot. Yes, I know!

I have been using spaghetti squash for years now and only recently realized I can use my  (affiliate link) crock pot. Now, I’m never going back.

The beauty of doing this is that you don’t have to cut it first.

All you need to do is stab a few holes into the squash, put a bit of water in the bottom of your crock pot, turn it on high for a few hours and it will be all ready for dinner.

Your spaghetti squash will now be super easy to cut open. Scoop out the seed and you are set.


And in honor of this fabulously easy way to cook a spaghetti squash, I found some great recipes for you to try it out with.

All of these recipes are THM and gluten free too.

A collection of spaghetti squash recipes. Gluten free and THM friendly.


BLT Spaghetti (S) from Natural Fertility and Wellness
Shrimp Scampi over Spaghetti Squash (S) from Simply Healthy Home
No Spaghetti Pasta (S) from Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen
Quick and Easy Pepperoni Spaghetti Squash (S) from See the Blue Sky
Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Casserole (S) from All Day I Dream about Food
Cheesy Chicken and Ranch Casserole (S) from Simply Healthy Home
Loaded Spaghetti Squash Casserole (S) from A Home with Purpose
Tuna Casserole (S) from Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen

See? No need to be intimidated by spaghetti squash. This is so easy and it’s a great addition to your meal planning.

Need more THM meal ideas? These are my favorites from Pinterest.

If you are new to plan and are looking for some of my favorite THM, you can find them here.

What are some of your favorite meals using spaghetti squash?

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*


  1. Jess says

    This sounds like a great idea . . . but I’ve found many of the spaghetti squash I get have white flakes when I crack them open – can you tell if a spaghetti squash is beyond edible when cooking in a crock pot? The white flaky stuff isn’t stinky . . . .

    • says

      I’ve never had that problem so I’m not sure? SOme times squash does have a bit of a white film on it and most times it is okay to eat.

  2. Jennifer Semik says

    How long on hi do you cook the spaghetti squash? I have found that so many things I cook in the crock pot get overcooked… :(

  3. Sarah says

    I cook mine in a crock pot all the time- but I just throw it in and turn it on- no poking holes, no water- just cook until you can squeeze it to know its soft.

  4. says

    So I got a steamer for xmas and my mom has been begging me to try spaghetti in it. It makes me so nervous because like you, I cook it either on the stove or oven (time depending). Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    I am utterly obsessed with spaghetti squash and pretty much eat it on the DAILY!!! I always make it the same way though, I need to expand my horizons!

  6. says

    Oooh my! They all look delicious and so glad they are gluten free! I’ve not tried spaghetti squash yet. Thanks for sharing because for sure, I’m going to make this over the weekend. Yummy!

  7. CourtneyLynne says

    Believe it or not… With all the cooking I do… This is one thing I have never attempted! This makes me wanna give it a try :)

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