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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is a fantastic pasta substitute! It's easy to cook and is gluten-free, much lower in carbs and calories, and full of healthy nutrients for your diet. This pressure cooker squash recipe is one to keep around.

Low-carb eating is becoming increasingly common, with diets like Whole30 and the ketogenic diet gaining widespread popularity. And, pasta is at the top of the high-carb list food list.

Once cooked, it is easy to scrape into spaghetti-like strands that have nearly the same texture, flavor, and color of spaghetti.

cooked spaghetti squash in blue bowl

Swapping traditional noodles with Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is the perfect compromise for those wanting to indulge their pasta cravings, but who are keeping an eye on what they are eating.

And, thanks to the wonder that is the Instant Pot, this recipe is so simple and easy to follow. Plus, it's ready in just 10 minutes!

Does Spaghetti Squash Taste Like Spaghetti?

I'm not going to lie to you, spaghetti squash does not taste just like spaghetti. The texture is similar to spaghetti noodles, but the taste is not. The flavor has a very mild undertone of squash but it is not overwhelming, and the flavor is not as pronounced as eating a yellow squash.

But because these noodles have a mild flavor note, it makes them the perfect base for any sauce! Try them with this Basil Pesto from Scratch!

How Many Cups of Noodles Does A Cooked Spaghetti Squash Make?

A medium sized spaghetti squash, about 2 pounds, will yield 2-3 cups of cooked noodles.

Are Spaghetti Squash Noodles Healthier Then Traditional Pasta Noodles?

Absolutely!! One serving of traditional spaghetti noodles has 200 calories, 1 gram of fat and 42 grams of carbs. While that same serving of spaghetti squash noodles has just 50 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, and 12.5 grams of carbs.

Can Cooked Spaghetti Squash Be Stored and Eaten Later?

Yes! You can place the leftover noodles in the fridge or freeze them to eat at a later time. Cooked spaghetti squash will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge, and up to 6 months in the freezer.

How To Make Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Step by Step

Step #1: Cut the squash in half. Scoop out seeds and membranes from inside the squash.

A spaghetti squash cut in half sitting on a table next to a silver spoon with seeds and membranes removed from one of the halves

Step #2: Add water to the Instant Pot and place the trivet in the pot. Put the spaghetti squash on top of the trivet.

A spaghetti squash cleaned and cut in half sitting on a trivet in an Instant Pot

Step #3: Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the valve to sealing.

Step #4: Set manual pressure time of 7 minutes. Do a quick pressure release.

Step #5: Remove the squash from the pot and scoop squash ‘noodles’ out, or eat straight from the squash skin. Enjoy!

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Recipe

Yield: 2-4 Servings

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

cooked spaghetti squash in blue bowl

Spaghetti Squash made in the Instant Pot is a delicious way to enjoy a lower carb 'pasta'. A simple and inexpensive way to prepare a nutritious dish that will surprise you with a combination of creativity and good taste. Squash has important nutritional properties. For example, unlike pasta spaghetti, Squash has almost no calories.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Supplements for an easy Spaghetti Squash:

Ingredients to make Spaghetti Squash Recipe:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

    1. Cut the squash in half. Scoop out seeds and membranes from inside the squash.
    2. Add water to the Instant Pot and place the trivet in the pot. Put the spaghetti squash on top of the trivet.
    3. Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the valve to sealing.
    4. Set manual pressure time of 7 minutes. Do a quick pressure release.
    5. Remove the squash from the pot and scoop squash ‘noodles’ out, or eat straight from the squash skin.

Notes

Suggestions to make a delicious Spaghetti Squash:

  • You can accompany your Spaghetti Squash with any sauce of your choice: bolognese, carbonara, pesto, Neapolitan, your choice!
  • Try doing the noodles with a Spiralizer, this is an easy and fun machine to use. Please, find below my personal recommendation for it.

FAQs:

  • Can my dog eat Squash? The answer is yes! Dogs can eat squash and in fact, the vegetable (technically a fruit) has a number of health benefits for dogs, and it's a smart staple for a dog's balanced diet.
  • Can my cat eat Squash? If you're looking for a healthy seasonal snack for your cat, look no further than cooked winter squash. Keep in mind that treats — even healthy ones — should make up less than 10 percent of your cat's diet. So even if your cat loves it, don't go overboard on the squash!

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 65Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 45mgCarbohydrates 15gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 3gSugar 6gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 2g

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