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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash


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4.67 from 3 votes
Cook Time : 7 mins
Total Time : 12 mins
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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is an easy and healthy weeknight dinner.  If you are looking for a family-friendly meal that is not only tasty but also quick to make, then this is the recipe for you.

If you love quick and easy healthy dinner recipes, then this is the recipe for you.  It is also budget-friendly and perfect for meal prep. Your entire family will enjoy it.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash on a plate topped with black olives, parsley and cheese with an instant pot and half of a spaghetti squash blurred in the background

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is loaded with vitamins and minerals, making it a great choice for your family’s health. Making it in the pressure cooker saves so much time, and makes this vegetable a snap to make on busy weekdays.

Instant Pots make cooking so much easier as they cook under pressure which helps them cook faster. The result is spaghetti squash that is fork-tender and full of flavor. This easy recipe can be on your dinner table in no time.

Why I Love This Recipe

The easiest way to make a delicious and healthy dinner is with this amazing Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash. It’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you need something fast, but still want it to taste great!

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash on a plate topped with black olives, parsley and cheese with an instant pot and half of a spaghetti squash blurred in the background

Ingredients

The ingredients are quite simple. In fact, you barely require much of anything to get this delicious recipe on the table. It tastes great and is perfect for any night of the week.

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Jarred Pasta Sauce
  • Parmesan cheese – optional
  • Olives – optional
  • Water

Substitutions

Sauce: Instead of jarred pasta sauce, you can use homemade.

Cheese: Mozzarella cheese is another great option instead of parmesan cheese.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy a healthy meal.

How to Make Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

This recipe comes together in just a few simple steps. Follow the steps below and you will have a delicious meal in no time at all.

Step 1: Prep the spaghetti squash

Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and membranes.

a spaghetti squash cut in half with the seeds scooped out of one half

Step 2: Add water and trivet to the Instant Pot

Add the water to your instant pot and place the trivet in the pot.

Step 3: Add the spaghetti squash to the trivet

Place the spaghetti squash on top of the trivet.

Squash inside the Instant Pot

Step 4: Place the lid on the pressure cooker

Close the lid of your instant pot and turn the valve to sealing.

Step 5: Pressure cook for 7 minutes

Set your instant pot to manual pressure for 7 minutes.

Step 6: Warm the sauce

While you wait for your squash to cook, warm up your favorite jarred pasta sauce.

Step 7: Quick release the pressure

Perform a quick pressure release.

Step 8: Remove the squash from the pot

Remove the squash from the pot and scoop noodles onto bowls or plates. If desired, you can serve it family-style, inside the skins.

Step 9: Top with pasta sauce

Top with your heated jarred sauce and parmesan cheese, if so desired. Serve and enjoy.

overhead view of Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash on a plate topped with black olives, parsley and cheese with an instant pot and half of a spaghetti squash blurred in the background

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

If you want to change up this recipe, there are a few things that you can do. Here are some great ideas.

Add protein: You could add cooked ground beef, chicken, or sausage to this dish to make it a more complete meal.

Add vegetables: You could also add sauteed vegetables to this dish. Some great options would be mushrooms, peppers, or onions.

Change up the sauce: Instead of tomato sauce, you can use alfredo sauce instead.

Serving Suggestions

Are you looking for delicious sides to serve with this simple meal? Here is a list of my favorite dishes to serve with it.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash on a plate topped with black olives, parsley and cheese with an instant pot and half of a spaghetti squash blurred in the background

FAQs

Do you have questions about this Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat.

How to freeze

I do not recommend freezing this dish as the spaghetti squash can become mushy when thawed.

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash on a plate topped with black olives, parsley and cheese with an instant pot and half of a spaghetti squash blurred in the background

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Recipe

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash

Corinne Schmitt
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash is an easy and healthy weeknight dinner.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 123 kcal

Equipment

  • knife and cutting board
  • spoon
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds spaghetti squash one medium sized squash
  • 1 cup water
  • 24 ounces pasta sauce optional
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese optional
  • cup sliced olives optional

Instructions
 

  • Cut the squash in half. Scoop out seeds and membranes from inside the squash.
  • Add water to the Instant Pot and place the trivet in the pot. Put the spaghetti squash on top of the trivet.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the valve to sealing.
  • Set manual pressure time of 7 minutes. Do a quick pressure release.
  • While the squash is cooking heat up the jarred sauce on the stovetop on medium low or low heat.
  • Remove the squash from the pot and scoop squash ‘noodles’ out, or eat straight from the squash skin.
  • Top with sauce and cheese then serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 1012mgPotassium: 692mgFiber: 5gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1000IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 2mg
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