If you’re ever craving spaghetti with sauce without the carbs and calories, you’re going to love this easy spaghetti squash recipe with as much cheese and sauce as you like. Cheesy, saucy spaghetti squash is a dinner that the whole family loves.  Easy Cheesy, Saucy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe on a cutting board

Easy Spaghetti Squash Recipe

This is a fantastic quick and easy dinner. And best of all, you can eat it straight out of the shell. Less dishes to do after dinner! If you’re wanting to eat pasta with less carbs, then spaghetti squash is the perfect substitute!

Bake or Microwave the Squash?

Learning how to cook this great squash recipe is really easy. You have two options: you can bake it or you can microwave it. Both results are equally delicious. Baking the squash will take a little more time, but you’ll have a nice roasted flavor. It is also great if you are going to cook a couple spaghetti squashes at one time. Microwaving the squash is definitely quicker for a single spaghetti squash, but there will be little more water released. But all you need to do is to drain a little bit of the water and it’s perfect. Even if you bake it and as it cools, it will release water. So either way, depending on when you eat it, you just might have to drain some water.

Easy Cheesy, Saucy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe on a cutting board

Video: Cheesy Saucy Spaghetti Squash Recipe:

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe with Tomato Sauce

This amazing quick and easy squash recipe is saucy because you can add what ever spaghetti sauce you want. And you can add more sauce if you like. If you want it extra cheesy, just add extra cheese! You can also add ground meat to your  sauce and it’s a hearty meaty meal! Don’t forget to add a fresh and crisp side salad to add more greens to your amazing dinner. Enjoy! It’s an awesome low carb Italian-inspired dinner! There are so many possibilities with this dinner. You can even add some cooked spinach, tofu, chicken or even shrimp and it’s a dinner that keeps on giving.

Here’s more great spaghetti squash recipes., including a great spaghetti squash with an easy sausage tomato sauce. 

If you love Spaghetti Squash, you’ll probably love Spiralizing. Check out some Favorites for Spiralizing:

Nothing beats tried and true kitchen tools and products, plus a little bonus of some of our favorite spiralizing cookbooks. Here’s some of the favorites:

Paderno Spiralizer – The Classic! We’ve lost track of how many meals this one has made for us. Fantastic spiralizer.
KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment – Spiralize, peel, core, slice. All from the power of the KitchenAid stand mixer. 
OXO Julienne Peeler – For those who love it simple. This great julienne peeler has seen a lot of mileage in our kitchen.  
Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci – A great book filled with spiralized vegetable recipes. Hugely popular and for good reason.
Spiralize It! by Kenzie Swanhart – A fresh twist on spiralized recipes.  Paleo driven spiralizer recipes.
Spiralizer Ultimate 7 Strongest-and-Heaviest Duty Vegetable Slicer – Another solid spiralizer complete with 7 different blades.  

This recipe was originally published 2014 and re-published in 2019 with an updated video. 

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Cheesy Saucy Spaghetti Squash

This quick and easy spaghetti squash recipe is based on cooking it in the microwave and here's the link to how to cook spaghetti squash in the microwave. But if you prefer to bake or roast the spaghetti squash in the oven, we have a tutorial too! Here's the technique on baking or roasting the spaghetti squash.
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  • 1 whole Spaghetti Squash , cooked - see directions below for cooking options
  • 2 cups (480ml) Spaghetti Sauce , about
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) freshly grated parmesan cheese , about
  • minced parsley , for garnish
  • salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste


Cook the Spaghetti Squash with your preferred method

  • Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds and connecting strands.


  • Place spaghetti squash cut side down on 8"x9" glass baking dish. Add enough water to fill the baking dish with about 1 inch of water.
    Microwave on High or until the squash flesh becomes tender and separates easily into strands with a fork, about 10 minutes. Depending on the power of your microwave and size of the spaghetti squash, cooking times will vary. Keep checking the squash to see if it's ready.
    Finish by gently loosening and removing the "spaghetti strands" from the shells.


  • Preheat Oven to 375°F. Oil a baking sheet pan with olive oil.
    Place spaghetti squash cut side down on the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the squash flesh becomes tender and separates easily into strands with a fork.
    Finish by gently loosening and removing the "spaghetti strands" from the shells.


  • After loosening up the strands of the cooked spaghetti squash, ladle hot spaghetti sauce on top and sprinkle cheese on top.
  • If needed, heat up the spaghetti squash halves in the oven or microwave for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melty and bubbly.
    Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with minced parsley. Serve warm and enjoy!


Nutrition Information

Calories: 210kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 1370mg, Potassium: 1332mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 1640IU, Vitamin C: 27mg, Calcium: 143mg, Iron: 4mg