Top this Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash with your favorite pasta sauce or chili for a delicious and healthy dinner. It makes a nice low carb alternative to pasta!
Lately, I’ve been making Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash to serve with my homemade meat sauce instead of gluten-free pasta. While I LOVE my pasta, this spaghetti squash makes a tasty substitute! When cooked properly, it has a nice al dente texture. Kind of like angel hair pasta, but with way fewer carbs.
I’ve cooked spaghetti squash multiple ways over the years. Roasting it a slightly different way, microwaving it and in the slow cooker. I liked the results from the microwave, but after a couple of exploding spaghetti squashes, I quickly abandoned that method. Cleaning those sticky strands out of the microwave is about as much fun as you can imagine. And yes, I did poke several holes in the squash before cooking it.
Cooking it whole with a little water in the slow cooker yielded pretty good results, but you have to carefully select your size and shape of the squash to make sure it’s going to fit in your crockpot. Cutting it in half crosswise and cooking it right in my meat sauce in the slow cooker created mushy strands of spaghetti squash before my sauce was done.
I recently picked up Ina Garten’s, Cooking for Jeffrey cookbook from our library, and she had a slightly different method for roasting spaghetti squash that turned out perfect results. I didn’t follow her exact recipe from the book, just the method. And she also had a tip for cutting spaghetti squash in half which made it a bit easier to cut.
How to Cut Spaghetti Squash
Slice a little bit off the bottom with a large chef’s knife to create a more stable surface. Stand the squash upright. Stick the tip of your knife into the top of the squash just below the stem. Carefully, make a straight cut down the middle of the squash from top to bottom. Rotate the squash and slice straight down the other side from top to bottom. Break the squash open with your hands.
To Make Ahead:
Roast and shred the spaghetti squash into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, sauté the garlic, add the squash to the skillet and finish out the recipe.
Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Garlic
Top this Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash with your favorite pasta sauce or chili for a delicious and healthy dinner.
- 3 lb spaghetti squash, halved and seeded (mine was 3.25 lb)
- 1 tbsp melted ghee or olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp ghee (or use 1 tbsp olive oil plus 1 tbsp butter)
- 2 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place the spaghetti squash, cut side up, on the baking sheet. Brush the melted ghee or olive oil all over the flesh of the squash. Season with salt and pepper. Place into oven and roast until the insides of the squash are tender and can be easily raked with a fork, about 45-50 minutes. It should have the texture of al dente pasta.
Let cool until you can handle it. Using a fork, shred the flesh into spaghetti-like strands and place into a bowl. In a large skillet with high sides, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Do not let burn.
Quickly add the shredded squash to the skillet and sauté, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Add the Italian seasoning, season with salt and pepper to taste. Off heat, add the parsley and parmesan cheese, if using. Serve as a side dish or topped with your favorite pasta sauce or chili.