Learn how to make a whole Crockpot Spaghetti Squash for a super easy healthy dish that can be transformed into a low-carb dinner. This is a really easy and safe way to cook a squash without having to cut it open first.

cooked half of a spaghetti squash on a plate

Spaghetti squash gets its name from the fact that the inside of the squash transforms into stringy squash strands once its cooked, very much like spaghetti noodles. It is a magical vegetable that you must try!

A lot of people like to serve cooked spaghetti squash as a gluten-free, grain-free, and low-carb alternative to cooked pasta.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • Spaghetti squash are a winter squash that can be very dense and difficult to cut open when uncooked. So, to avoid having the cut into the raw squash, you can use this recipe to cook the whole spaghetti squash in the slow cooker which makes it MUCH easier to cut open.
  • Cooking a spaghetti squash in the crockpot is a great meal prep trick. Pop it into the pot early in the day and it will be ready for you about 5 hours later. If you need a quicker method, try my Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash recipe.

Key Ingredients

spaghetti squash on a tabletop

Choose a spaghetti squash that is a nice yellow color with no blemishes. You may need to check the length of the squash to make sure it will fit into your crockpot. You can find spaghetti squash at the grocery store during the fall and winter months.

You’ll also need a cup of water to help provide steam and moisture to keep your spaghetti squash from drying out as it cooks.

Recipe Steps

Step One

The first step is to wash your squash, pat it dry, and then prick it all over with a fork.

Step Two

Next, place your whole squash inside of a large crockpot with a cup of water. Put on the lid and set the cooking time to five hours on high.

spaghetti squash inside of a crockpot

Step Three

Your squash will be done when it is fork-tender and you can literally just cut it in half very easily with a sharp knife on a cutting board.

Use a spoon to remove and discard the seeds. Then, use a fork to simply scoop out the “spaghetti” shreds.

plate of cooked spaghetti squash noodles

Recipes Tips & Substitutions

  • You can also try Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash which is also a fast way of cooking this winter squash.
  • Store any leftover cooked spaghetti squash in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • Try serving your cooked squash with any of my list of best gluten-free sauces. Or, top it with some Italian seasoning, olive oil, and salt, and you’re good to go.
  • Be sure to add a little water to the slow cooker to keep the squash from drying out.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve spaghetti squash?

There are so many things you can do with cooked spaghetti squash! My favorite thing to do is top it with spaghetti sauce. You can add grass-fed ground beef to add protein (use crumbled tempeh for a plant-based version). Top it with parmesan cheese or dairy-free parmesan. 

cooked spaghetti squash with marinara

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spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and cheese

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash


Learn how to make a whole Crockpot Spaghetti Squash for a super easy healthy dish that can be transformed into a low-carb dinner. This is a really easy and safe way to cook a squash without having to cut it open first.


Units Scale
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, whole
  • 1 cup water


  1. Wash and pat dry the spaghetti squash.
  2. Use a sharp knife to make 15-20 pricks all over the squash.
  3. Place the squash in a large crockpot with 1 cup of water.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours.
  5. Use tongs to remove the squash from the crockpot when finished cooking.
  6. Cut open with a knife, scoop out the seeds, and use a fork to shred the squash.
  7. Serve hot with your choice of topping.



  1. Serve your cooked spaghetti squash with whatever toppings you like.
  2. Refrigerate any leftovers in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Category: Main Dish or Side Dish
  • Method: crockpot
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: spaghetti squash cooking tips, slow cooker spaghetti squash, crockpot whole squash

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