Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter

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  • Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter
Posted on October 5, 2015

If you follow along with me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I had a slightly different view of the water this past weekend. That’s because I had traveled down to the Florida Panhandle to meet up with some fabulous food blogging friends for a #BlognBeachRetreat (check out the hashtag for all the highlights!) organized by Ashley of Spoonful of Flavor. We talked, giggled, rode bikes, went stand up paddle boarding and of course, indulged in a lot of really amazing local food.

So while the calendar was busy switching over to October, I didn’t really take note of it until now. Where I was, the weather was warm and humid. The ocean was still a temperature that I would consider to be swim-able. And I consumed my fair share of summery foods, like fresh fish tacos, frozen margaritas and key lime pie. It was enough to make me forget that we are now ankle deep into a new season.

But now I’m back in New England and getting settled into a Fall routine. The air is crisp and cool. There are leaves in my yard that are begging to be raked. And squash is popping up just about everywhere.

Butternut and delicata are two of my favorite varieties of squash. They are a staple in my house this time of year, and somehow manage to work their way into almost every meal. But this Fall, I’m trying to branch out a bit more and use varieties that I have been shamefully neglecting. Like spaghetti squash.

A lot of people like to treat spaghetti squash like pasta and slather it in tomato sauce. But I prefer to keep mine more “squash-like”. Which means combining it with Fall flavors like browned butter, sage and a few warming spices. Simple to prepare, comforting to eat, perfectly portioned and fairly adorable, my Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter will certainly become a new favorite in your house. The ingredient list is short, but the browned butter lends a complex, deep flavor profile that can’t be beat. Honestly, I don’t think there are too many problems in life that can’t be fixed with a little drizzle of browned butter.


I also wanted to share you with today Becky’s illustrated seasonal produce guide for October. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for these ingredients when you’re out doing your food shopping. And don’t forget to also check out her round-up post, which has dozens of recipes that incorporate all the fruits and vegetables that October has to offer. It’s an inspiring list that will surely make you want to get into the kitchen and cook!



Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter

Serves 4

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter


  • 2 spaghetti squash
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out and discard the seeds. Lightly coat the flesh of the spaghetti squash with olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Place the spaghetti squash cut-side down on a large rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and roast for about 30 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly. Carefully flip the squash over. Then using a fork, scrape the flesh into strands, keeping the strands inside the squash skin. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the butter, whisking frequently, until it foams and starts to turn brown and smell nutty, about 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped hazelnuts, sage leaves, red pepper flakes and cinnamon and cook for about 30 seconds more. Remove from the heat.
  4. Spoon the browned butter mixture over the squash strands. Serve immediately.


  • Mmm this definitely sounds like the perfect dish to swing into fall with, Liz! I love the browned butter in here! I bet this takes spaghetti squash to a whole new level!


    • Browned butter takes EVERYTHING to a whole new level! 🙂

  • Roasted spaghetti squash lovers unite! I’m loving the idea of keeping it simple and delish with browned butter. I’m so psyched it’s fall and time for alllll the carby winter squash. Hope you had a great weekend!


    • Thanks, Julia! #squashforlife!

  • So I TOTALLY wasn’t ready for fall and squash weather, but after this weekend, I’m so so ready! Spaghetti squash is my favorite to start with, so easy and good. Love! Hope you had an amazing girls’ trip. Amanda and I decided we should coordinate one in the coming months, hip hip! 🙂


    • YES! Amanda and I were totally talking about that. It would be amazing!

  • Liz, ok so much to say. . the #BlognBeachRetreat looked so great and so much fun! Ashley is seriously a rock star! I am so bummed I couldn’t make it . . ah, next time! And I LOVE these eat seasonal posts!!! This Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter looks so good!!!


    • Ashley totally killed it. I told her she could start a third (!!!) career as a party/event planner!

  • It doesn’t feel like fall much here in California, but I’m ready! I love that cute guide to seasonal produce. I want to try all the squash this fall, too, starting with this spaghetti squash with browned butter!


    • It’s a great place to start. Thanks, Kristine! 🙂

  • I adore browned butter. Adding it to this is bananas amazing!


    • It’s pretty much the most amazing thing ever!

  • Butternut and spaghetti squash adorn my counter at all times in the fall, so you can bet I am making this deliciousness! So much fall loving going on here! Pinned! P.s. glad you had a blast in my former home state… this weather is making me nastolgic for the sunshine state! Cheers!


    • Yeah, I was totally thinking of you while I was down in Florida. I hope you try out the squash!

  • I eat a ridiculous amount of squash. I have a massive box of Kabocha in my bathroom right now! I always forget about spaghetti though, and this browned butter goodness is calling to me! Pinned!


    • Squash in your bathroom? Ha ha! That certainly is a lot of squash!

  • It looked like you guys had a smashing time while in FL! So bummed I couldn’t make it. But this roasted squash, totes making!!


    • It would have been so fun it you were there! I know you’ll love the squash!

  • I haven’t had a feed of spaghetti squash yet this Fall, so will definitely try this soon. Looks delicious!


    • I know you’ll love it, Jennifer!

  • The combination of spaghetti squash with browned butter is second to none — love this simple preparation!


    • Thanks, Nicole. Browned butter on ALL THE THINGS!

  • I was following on IG and oh my, what a fabulous trip Ashley put together! And the resort!? Gorgeous! I love Spaghetti squash, but my husband doesn’t. I’ll press on however in trying to find new ways to prepare it, so maybe… he’ll go for it some day! The textures you’ve got going on are so inviting, Liz! Looking forward to picking up my first Spag. squash of the season! Delicious, my dear!


    • How could the husband not like spaghetti squash! GAH! I bet you can change his mind, Traci! 🙂

  • Squash is my main food during the fall and I LOVE this version. That brown butter…eeeekk!! Also…I loved following the hashtag, looks like fun.


    • It was totes fun! 🙂

  • YUMMMM. I’m eating spaghetti squash RIGHT NOW. Brown butter on anything is the best idea ever.


    • Yes! It’s so good. And so is browned butter. I want to slather it on everything!

  • This spaghetti squash is awesome and you just CANNOT go wrong with browned butter! Pinning!


    • You are SO right, Medha!

  • It’s on my cooking “bucket list” to try making spaghetti squash. I can’t believe I never have!!


    • Oh you need to fix that this Fall!

  • Love spaghetti squash and have fixed it many ways. Why have I never thought to do brown butter and sage, my favorite way for pumpkin ravioli. I’m so happy to have stopped by…just moved from New England to Florida and your blog will remind me of the home I hated to leave.


    • Well what a coincidence that I was just in Florida! I hope you try out the browned butter spaghetti squash. It’s seriously the best. I know you’ll love it! Cheers!

  • I have never had spaghetti squash! I know, how dare I call myself a foodie, right? But the way you’ve prepared it here makes me want to run right out and buy some! Love the illustration too, and PS that retreat sounds like it was so much fun!


    • Oh I think you and your kids will love spaghetti squash. It’s really fun and so easy to prepare. The retreat was awesome. Ashley totally out did herself!

  • This has me officially pumped up for Fall and Winter, it’s the ultimate comfort dish. Love it!


    • Thanks, Matt! I’m pretty pumped too!

  • I love myself some spaghetti squash, and that whole brown butter thing makes it even more appealing to me! Florida looked like a blast!


    • Browned butter makes everything appealing. Ha ha! Thanks, Marcie!

  • Aaah sounds like SO much fun! I’ve always wanted to try stand-up paddle boarding! And also, I’ve always meant to try spaghetti squash, I am such a butternut fan! And you can’t go wrong with brown butter and sage…my total weakness in life!


    • Oh you’ll love spaghetti squash! Definitely try it this Fall! And try stand-up paddle boarding too someday! 🙂

  • So seasonally perfect + this is one of my favorite fall vegetables, so this recipe – bookmarked!


    • Awesome! Thanks, Naomi!

  • I’m so jealous of Florida AND New England!! Anything but the dang desert I’m stuck in!!! These spaghetti squashes look so yummy! I love them but I seem to get stuck in a rut of always topping them with red sauce. I’ll have to branch out and try this!!


    • Oh you definitely need to skip the tomato sauce next time and try this. I know you’ll love it!

  • Super excited for this, just happen to have a couple of spaghetti squash on hand. Thanks for sharing


    • Awesome, Kat! I hope you love it!

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