Clean Eating, Recipe, Whole 30

Spaghetti Squash 101

It’s Winter Squash time, y’all! Acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, and my fave: spaghetti squash.

FYI: Winter squash are typically not ready for harvest until the end of the summer, and are called “winter squash” because most store very well and can be eaten in the winter.

Here are my BEST Spaghetti Squash tips: what to look for when you buy one, how to roast them and my favorite recipes!

Spaghetti Squash Shopping

When buying a spaghetti squash you want to look for one with a firm, dry rind free of soft spots and cracks. Squash should be heavy for its size with a firm, dry, rounded stem, which helps keep out bacteria. Avoid: spaghetti squash that has cracks and soft spots or is without a stem.

Roasting Spaghetti Squash

Fun fact: No matter what you hear, you CAN NOT roast a spaghetti squash whole. I learned the hard way after watching Martha Stewart. I tried… it exploded in my oven (like I thought something blew up in my house…) and it took me about a week to get every strand of squash cleaned out of my oven. Luckily I can laugh about it now and still love spaghetti squash!! Don’t let this be you… follow these easy steps for roasting 🤗

1. Start by by halving your squash lengthwise and scooping out the seeds.

2. You can either go for an oil-free version with some water added to the pan for moisture, or – my preferred – spray the inside of the squash with a little olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper.

3. Place squash face up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast in a 400-degree oven for about 45 minutes or until fork tender.

4. Now the fun part! Use a fork to make “spaghetti noodles” out of the squash, at which point it’s ready to eat or use in a recipe.

My Fave Whole30 Spaghetti Squash Recipes

Buffalo Chicken Casserole from PaleOMG

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Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Pie from PaleOMG

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One Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Asparagus from The Real Food RDs

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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai from The Defined Dish

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I’d love for you to share your favorite ways to use spaghetti squash!