How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Slow Cooker

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Slow Cooker

Did you know it was possible to cook spaghetti squash in a slow cooker?

This makes one of my favorite vegetables so much easier to prepare!

How can you not love a recipe where you spend two minutes prepping at 8 am, go about your business for the day, then come back at 5 pm and you have beautifully cooked dinner?!?

Maybe my favorite part of this cooking method is you do NOT need to cut your squash in half prior to cooking. Trust me, that is reason enough to try this method! Spaghetti squash can be near to impossible to cut in half. Those suckers are HARD.


Cooked Spaghetti Squash

There are a few things I learned by trial and error about this method of cooking a squash.

First, by the end of 8 hours my slow cooker will be almost out of water and your squash will start to brown on the side that is touching the bottom. DO NOT let your squash cook any longer than 8 hours or you may end up with a burnt mess.

Next, if you slow cooker tends to “spit” hot water during cooking, you can lift the lid, carefully add a bit more water, and return to cooking it. I’ve done this and it didn’t effect the cooking of the squash.

So how do you cook a spaghetti squash in the slow cooker?

  1. Use a sharp knife to poke several holes in the spaghetti squash.
  2. Add the whole squash and two cups water to the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. Carefully remove squash from slow cooker. Cut in half and scrape out seeds. Use a fork to separate squash into strands.
  5. Serve!

Serving your family spaghetti squash has never been easier!

I decided to do a little Facebook Live to show you just how simple this is! Plus, you get to see what a dork I am. 🙂

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  1. Donna Reynolds says:

    I’m gonna try this 🙂

  2. Peggy Robinson says:

    Thanks! This is a new and cool way to cook spaghetti squash! Will try it soon! I love putting the cooked squash into a baking dish, covering it with sauce/meat sauce,and grated mozzarella cheese, and baking it until melted and getting golden brown. YUMMY

  3. Has anyone tried this with other winter squash such as Acorn squash, etc?

  4. Tandy, I’ve also done butternut squash in the slow cooker – same method! I’d bet acorn would work too. But I’d watch the cook time. Andrea

  5. dorothy pelkey says:

    Cook your squash in the microwave ,make sure you cut or punch hole in them first so they don’t explode like a potato would. Takes 10 to 13 mins. for squash.

  6. I just bought my first ever spaghetti squash to try. I can’t wait to try it in the crock pot. Thank you for sharing this with Share It One More Time. Cathy

  7. How great is this! You could shove it in the crock pot, go about your business and then it’s ready when you are! I have made it a few times in the oven and it works but you have to watch it. It will be nice to not have to worry about it burning or drying out in the oven!

  8. Ha! This is even easier than baking it whole in the oven. I just might need to try this for dinner on Saturday!! Thanks for the tip!

    Swinging by from Wake Up Wednesday!

  9. Going to try this today…Should be really good…So much better for you have Microwave…My oven is going to be in use with a new recipe for Pork Tenderloin. Cant wait for dinner later..My off to rack leaves on this beautiful day…

  10. very excited not to have to turn on my oven on a 93 degree day! Thanks!

  11. Janet Schen says:

    Be very careful when adding water to a crock pot. I had to add water to a roast that was cooking so I poured it over the meat, but the water ran over the edge and when hit the bottom of the crock I heard it crack. If you’re going to add water bring it to a boil first so you don’t risk cracking the crock.

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