Spaghetti Squash Parmesan

Updated: Jan 25

Spaghetti Squash Prepared by Jenny Favret
Spaghetti Squash Prepared by Jenny Favret

Spaghetti squash is perfectly- named. It is that large yellow vegetable, filled with long strands of what appears to be pasta! This “pasta” is a fun way to work more veggies into the diet.

Roasting is a popular (although time-consuming) way to prepare spaghetti squash. Boiling cuts the time in half! This simple recipe is delicious and may serve as the main dish or as a side.


  • One large spaghetti squash, boiled until softened (usually at least 30 minutes). NOTE: Use enough water to cover the squash. Turn it occasionally while boiling.

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced OR 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese or shredded Italian blend cheese.

  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. When spaghetti squash has cooled enough handle, slice lengthwise.

  3. Remove the seeds and pulp.

  4. Scrape each half with a fork to create strands resembling spaghetti noodles.

  5. Place the “noodles” into a large bowl.

  6. Add olive oil, garlic, Italian herb seasoning, red pepper flakes and salt. Toss well.

  7. Place spaghetti squash into a baking dish.

  8. Top with parmesan or Italian cheese blend.

  9. Bake for 10 -15 minutes (until cheese completely melts).

  10. Remove from oven and garnish with snipped fresh parsley.

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Written by Jenny Favret, MS, RD, LDN

Nutritionist, Duke Pediatrics Healthy Lifestyles Program

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