This isn’t really a recipe but more of a “How To”. The other day I shared a photo on Instagram (you are following me there right?!) with How To Cook Spaghetti Squash in The Slow Cooker.
I got a ton of email and DM about the timing, if you can add things in like vegetables, meatballs or ground meat and more so I figured I would do a quick post about this super easy, one-pot weeknight gem that will save dinner again and again.
So, a couple of important things:
- I normally cut my spaghetti squash lengthwise but for this technique, you need to cut it across the middle so both halves will actually fit in your slow cooker.
- I have a 6.5 Quart oval shaped slow cooker (this one from Cuisinart) and I can usually fit medium and large spaghetti squash with no problem. If you have a smaller model or round slow cooker, you may need to cook one half at a time.
- You can absolutely add in additional water-rich vegetables like baby spinach leaves, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant and peppers. I do NOT recommend adding in vegetables like cauliflower florets, broccoli florets, potatoes and other vegetables that are bulky as they take up a lot of room and it can be difficult to fit the squash in properly (so that is has a good amount of sauce).
- You have to scrub the squash exterior really well before you cut it since you submerging it into the sauce.
- You can add small meatballs (try my Paleo Pesto Meatballs or Grain Free Meatballs) in but you may need additional sauce to cover them properly.
- Crumbled Italian sausage works well and doesn’t take up as much room as meatballs, plus there is no additional prep time.
- I did not include serving size info or Weight Watchers Points Plus info as the amount of people this serves will depend on not only the size of the squash you start with but what volume of vegetables and/or meat you decide to add in.
- To keep this Low Carb and/or Whole30, make sure you use a high-quality sugar-free pasta sauce (or homemade).
- This is naturally Vegan without the addition of meatballs or sausage.
- Once cooked and cooled, the spaghetti squash and sauce freeze great!
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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash In The Slow Cooker
- 1 medium to large spaghetti squash
- 24 ounce jar of your favorite pasta sauce or homemade
- meatballs or crumbled Italian sausage
- water-rich vegetables
- you may need additional sauce
Scrub the exterior of the squash until squeaky clean. Slice in half across the middle. Use a spoon to scoop out all of the seeds and strings that hold the seeds into place.
Pour pasta sauce into slow cooker. If adding meatballs, crumbled sausage or vegetables, stir them into sauce until well combined. Gently place squash, cut side down, into slow cooker, taking care that each half is submerged into the sauce at least a couple of inches.
Cover and set to low for 6 hours.
Once cooking time is up, remove squash (careful they will be hot and awkward!) to a plate and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Once cooled a bit, use a fork to gently scrape out the "noodles". Return to sauce, serve immediately and Enjoy!
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We love this recipe, I make it once a month or so. I also have my aunt hooked, she is diabetic and was looking for recipes to lower her carb intake! Thanks for sharing!
Same here! It’s an easy (and delish!) staple in spaghetti squash season 🙂
This post is informative and the recipe sounds tasteful but, would have liked to see the finished product.
Very informative post in squash
Such a smart way to cook spaghetti squash, I’m trying it this weekend!
Major time saver Sylvie!
Kristi Rimkus says
I’ll pin this and send your tips along to my mom who adores spaghetti squash. It’s a terrific no-fuss way to cook it for sure.
Thanks so much for sharing Kristi!
Looks delicious! And it just happens, I bought spaghetti squash for the week. (I know now what’s for dinner tonight… happy dance!)
Do you brown the crumbled Italian sausage beforehand?
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Hey LM! You do not have to dirty another pan for the sausage and can put it right into the slow cooker – just make sure it is crumbled and totally covered by the sauce! Hope you love it 🙂
EVEN BETTER 😉
John/Kitchen Riffs says
Great technique! I usually roast my squash, but need to try this — so easy! Thank you.
The first time I did this, I couldn’t believe how quick and easy the whole thing was – then the clean-up was super easy. I’ve been hooked since.
Cooks for kicks says
Do you put the crumbled sausage in raw?
Yes! I do put the sausage in raw (as long as it is crumbled).
I done that before cooked spaghetti squash in the crock pot. ..great idea worth sauce and veggies. ..did think of þ that. ..ty
So easy Andrea!!
Do you have a homemade sugar free spaghetti sauce recipe? Or a brand you recommend for jarred?
I do but I have never posted it. My favorite sugar free tomato sauce is Monte Bene. Here is a link to it on Amazon so you can see the packaging and read the ingredients. It is about half the price listed on Amazon at my local natural grocery store so I would call or look in the store first! 🙂