My dad made this when we were kids. It was the only way he could get us to eat squash. Add additional butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to taste.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 10 mins
10 mins
1 hr 35 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Place spaghetti squash halves on a compact baking sheet. Place 5 pieces of butter into each half. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon over each half.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until soft, about 1 hour.

  • Remove squash from oven and scrape insides with a fork into a loose pile of strands.

  • Return to the oven and bake until flavors combine, about 10 minutes more. Let cool before serving, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute margarine for the butter if desired.

Nutrition Facts

223 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 21.3g; fat 16.2g; cholesterol 40.7mg; sodium 137.5mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 2 stars
I was expecting to really like this, as I've made squash before with these exact ingredients, however there were a few issues. There was way too much butter. Because it seemed like so much, I only used half, and even then it was overflowing into the pan as it cooked - and my squash was even a little bigger than the 2 pounds called for. I'd probably start out with 2 tablespoons of butter per half, and add more after it's cooked, if needed. I also halved the cinnamon because it seemed like a lot, and it was plenty. I should have also halved the brown sugar because I found it too sweet. I also recommend adding a sprinkle of salt to bring out the flavors. At 1 hour, the squash was already overcooked, then with 10 more minutes it was mushy. A nice base of flavors, with some tweaks. Read More