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spaghetti squash marinara

Spaghetti Squash Marinara


Healthy spaghetti squash, coated in olive oil and butter and topped with rich marinara sauce


  • 1 medium Spaghetti Squash
  • 12 T butter/ghee
  • 24 T olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 c Marinara sauce (or to taste)
  • Garnish: Romano/Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, halved cherry tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Rinse outside of spaghetti squash, pat dry
  3. Place spaghetti squash on a rimmed sheet and bake ~20 to 30 minutes
  4. Remove spaghetti squash from the oven, either cool slightly or use mitts to slice off the stem and cut spaghetti squash in half length-wise.  Remove seeds with a spoon
  5. Place both sides face up onto parchment, add salt and pepper to taste  and return to oven, bake an additional 20-30 minutes, depending on size.
  6. When squash is tender and strands can easily be pulled away from the rind with a fork, remove from oven
  7. Allow to cool a few minutes or using mitts, “spaghetti” the squash: using a fork, gently rake the inside of the squash, producing long strands
  8. Remove all spaghetti and place in a bowl, allowing steam to escape (so it doesn’t get too soggy)
  9. Heat a pan over medium-low heat, add spaghetti squash, butter and olive oil
  10. Using tongs, gently coat the spaghetti squash in the olive oil, add a generous amount of salt to taste as you coat the strands in oil, check for flavor by tasting
  11. Add sauce to pan with spaghetti squash, use tongs to mix thoroughly
  12. Using tongs, transfer spaghetti squash to plates or bowls
  13. Garnish with Romano cheese (or Parmesan), fresh basil, and halved cherry tomatoes as desired


Spaghetti squash come in different sizes…  For small spaghetti squash, initially bake for 15 minutes and check if it is easily pierced with a knife.  If not, throw it back in the oven for another 5 minutes and check again.  Small spaghetti squash may only nee 40 minutes total cooking while large may need 1 hour!

Dairy free: omit butter and just use olive oil to coat spaghetti strands, use nutritional yeast instead of cheese

Whole 30 use ghee or omit butter and just use olive oil, use nutritional yeast instead of cheese

  • Prep Time: :05
  • Cook Time: 1:00
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: spaghetti squash marinara, healthy spaghetti squash