Learn how to make Crockpot Spaghetti Squash for an easy and healthy side dish. This cooking method is simple and keeps your oven available for other dishes. You can enjoy tender spaghetti squash without any work.

Crockpot spaghetti squash cut in half on a plate.

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash

I am a huge fan of spaghetti squash. It is healthy, low carb, low calorie and tastes great.

The only reason I don’t cook this more is because I’m not a huge fan of cutting and baking this. I recently started using the slow cooker and it’s been a game changer.

You don’t have to cut it prior to cooking. It can be difficult to cut the squash before it’s cooked so this is great.

The squash still turns out delicious and tender but I can go about my day. It is so handy to come home to perfectly cooked spaghetti squash.

Whole Spaghetti squash sitting on couther.

Easy Crock pot Spaghetti Squash recipe

If you would rather set it and forget it, this cooking method is for you as well.

Let’s get started with this simple recipe. Once you try it, you will be hooked.


  • Spaghetti Squash 

How to cook spaghetti squash in a crockpot:

  • Wash the spaghetti squash. Go ahead and wash the squash.
  • Poke holes in the squash. Next, poke several holes on the outside of the squash. You can use either a fork or a knife.  
Whole spaghetti squash poked and in the crock pot.
  • Place in slow cooker. Finally, put the whole squash in the crock pot.  
  • Cover and cook. Cook the squash on low for 5 to 6 ½ hours or cook on high for 3-4 hours. The squash should be tender but not mushy.
  • Remove from crock pot. Once the squash has finished cooking, move it to a cutting board. Allow to cool until you can easily handle it.
  • Cut in half lengthwise with a sharp knife.  Then scoop out the seeds from each cut side and discard.  It should be super easy and tender.
Crockpot spaghetti squash cut in half on a plate.
  • Shred the squash. You can use a fork to “shred” the inside of the squash. This will make the slow cooker spaghetti squash look like spaghetti.

Salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy.

Crockpot spaghetti squash shredded and seasoned in a bowl.

What to serve with Spaghetti Squash?

  • Spaghetti Sauce – We love this easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce.
  • Marinara sauce – It is so easy to make homemade marinara sauce.
  • Alfredo Sauce – You can make Alfredo with just 5 ingredients.
  • Cinnamon and Butter – This is similar to a sweet potato and makes a yummy side with a hint of sweetness prepared this way.
  • Parmesan Cheese and Olive Oil – This is so simple but one of my favorite ways to enjoy spaghetti squash.

You can really use spaghetti squash however you like to enjoy traditional pasta. It can be used in casseroles, pasta dishes or eaten alone.

The texture is different but we really enjoy it. It is a healthy alternative to pasta the entire family can enjoy.

How to know when spaghetti squash is done?

You should be able to press it with your thumb and leave an indentation. This is just a slight indent as you do not want it mushy.

Keep in mind that the cook time will vary based on the size of your squash. If you are using a smaller size, it will need less time to cook.

Can you overcook spaghetti squash?

Yes, you can. Overcooking will result in watery and mushy spaghetti squash.

It is important to follow the directions and adjust the time accordingly for smaller sized squash.

Why did my spaghetti squash turn out mushy?

Mushy squash is a result of cooking for too long. This traps the steam in the crock pot and makes it mushier the longer it cooks.

How to Store Spaghetti Squash?

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days.  

How to Reheat Spaghetti Squash?

Microwave leftover spaghetti squash in intervals starting at 60 seconds until heated through. I like to drizzle with olive oil when reheating but this is optional.

If you would rather use the oven, place in a 350 degree oven. It will only take a few minutes.

Either option is fine. However, I usually microwave our leftovers.

Instant Pot option:

  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise.
  • Scoop out the seeds.
  • Add 1 cup of water.
  • Place the spaghetti squash in the instant pot.
  • Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Do a quick release and remove the squash.
  • Shred and enjoy.

For complete pressure cooking instructions, check out this Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Recipe.

Crockpot spaghetti squash shredded and seasoned in a bowl.

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash is easy.

I think you will enjoy this simple but delicious dish. It is healthy and tasty without much work.

Spaghetti squash goes with lots of different things for a versatile side dish. If you are trying to eat healthier without sacrificing taste, try this yummy recipe.

It is amazing with different types of sauce. However, it is really good alone topped with your favorite seasonings.

This vegetable is simple to cook in the slow cooker and makes quite a bit of noodles. Let us know what you think after you try it. Leave a comment below.

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Crock pot Spaghetti Squash

5 from 2 votes
Learn how to make Crockpot Spaghetti Squash for an easy and healthy side dish. You can enjoy tender spaghetti squash without any work.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Servings 1
Cuisine American
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Calories 299
Author Carrie Barnard


  • 1 Spaghetti Squash


  • Wash the squash and poke several holes on the outside of the squash with either a fork or a knife.
  • Then place the whole squash in the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until you can easily poke the squash with your finger but you do not want it too mushy. The cook time will vary based on the size of your squash.  A smaller squash will need less time than a bigger squash.
  • Once the squash is done, move to a cutting board and allow to cool until you can handle.
  • Then cut in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds and discard.
  • Use a fork to “shred” the inside of the squash so it looks like spaghetti.
  • Serve warm with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 299kcal, Carbohydrates 67g, Protein 6g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Sodium 164mg, Potassium 1043mg, Fiber 14g, Sugar 27g, Vitamin A 1159IU, Vitamin C 20mg, Calcium 222mg, Iron 3mg

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