Super Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs


I know I say this a lot, but seriously… this super easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs is the BEST. RECIPE. EVER.

A couple reasons why this is the best recipe ever –

1. It’s super easy, no fuss, anybody could make this.
2. It’s three ingredients. THREE!!
3. It’s absolutely, undeniably the best spaghetti squash I have ever eaten. Super tender, moist, and flavorful.

Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

So the other day I was browsing Instagram and came across my friend’s photo of her son (who is 3, I believe) seasoning a couple spaghetti squash that were sitting in a crock pot. I was intrigued, so I asked for the recipe.

Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Uhhh- seriously?!

It’s insanely easy, and of course I asked if I could share it on my blog, and she said YES!

Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Start by cutting a thoroughly washed spaghetti squash in half and scooping out the seeds and membranes.

Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Place the spaghetti squash cut side down into the crock pot, then pour in a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce. I used just one, but if you like it extra saucy, feel free to use more.

Then toss in some frozen meatballs. I used an Italian style beef meatball, but feel free to adjust that to your liking too. You can even use your own recipe for meatballs if you want!

Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

After 3 hours on high, or 5 hours on low, the squash will be ready. Use some tongs to pull out the squash onto a cutting board, then use a fork to pull out the delicious insides. Discard the shell of the squash.

What’s left in the crock pot is the sauce and meatballs, ready for you to dress your spaghetti squash.

Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

The squash is so tender and moist, and seriously resembles the texture of spaghetti noodles when cooked like this, but as an added bonus – it’s vegetables, NOT carb-riddled pasta, so eat up and enjoy!

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Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs
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Serves: serves 4
  • 1 medium to large spaghetti squash, washed
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, your preferred flavor (more if desired)
  • 3 cups of frozen meatballs
  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half around the middle. Use a spoon to remove the seeds and membranes. Place cut sides down in a large crock pot.
  2. Pour the spaghetti sauce around the sides of the squash and then place your meat balls around the sides as well.
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 3-4 hours. Test for doneness by piercing the squash with a fork, if it goes through the skin easily, it is done.
  4. Use tongs to carefully remove the squash from the crock pot. Use a fork to pull out all the squash, discard the shell.
  5. Serve with the sauce and meatballs from the crock pot. Enjoy!


  1. This is so clever! I’m headed to the grocery store this morning, and I’m going to look for spaghetti squash to give this a try. Thanks!

  2. I’m so happy we are heading into winter squash season! Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

  3. Ok, that’s it…I seriously need to try spaghetti squash! This is just too easy and I love that!!!

  4. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! What a wonderful recipe for low-carbers too. Thank you.

  5. I have 3 spaghetti squash that I just picked from my garden this weekend. I have done it in the oven before, but I love this idea even more!

  6. msjewels1215 says:

    I made this tonight! It was delicious!! I actually had my 15 year old son put it together and turn it on when he got home from school, and then when I got home from work, dinner was ready! Love it!! We sprinkled some parmesan cheese on it and also had a salad. So good!!

  7. Made this tonight with my own homegrown spaghetti squash and homemade tomato pasta sauce (from homegrown tomatoes)! My hubs and I loved it! Will definitely be making again! Super easy and wonderfully tasty!

  8. I made spaghetti squash bakes all the time, so I cant wait to try this! Have you ever tried it with un-cooked meatballs before? I am wondering if it would work…? I like to make my own turkey meatballs.

    • I know this is an older comment but YES uncooked meatballs will work! I took ground turkey, egg, milk, garlic and rosemary and made some meatballs. I poured in some sauce first, then laid the squash halves face down. I threw in the meatballs (avoiding the squash as best I could) and then poured the rest of the jar on top. Turned out awesome!

  9. I cooked mine on low for 5 hours and my spaghetti squash came out like mush :( any suggestions?

    • Was your spaghetti squash on the smaller side? If it’s larger, cooking it longer would be necessary, but if it’s smaller, cooking it too long might result in a mushier squash. I would suggest testing the squash after 3 hours (on low) if it’s smaller and seeing if you can pierce the skin easily. Once you can, then you’ll know it’s ready.

      • What do you consider smaller? It is smaller than some of the others I’ve cooked in the oven. I’m fairly new to the spaghetti squash community :) Can you give me a general weight that would cook best?

  10. Just tried this and loved it! It was the first time anyone in my family had eaten spaghetti squash and my 16 year old, upon seeing me pull the “spaghetti” from the squash said warily to the siblings “Heads up guys, momma’s making hippie food” LOL. But my 12, 8 and 5 year olds all ate it with very little hesitation, and the hubs and I loved it even more than traditional pasta. Thanks for a great quick, easy and pretty healthy meal for us to add to the rotation!

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  12. Either my crock pot isn’t a large crock pot, or I just got a huge squash because I could only fit one half in there! I guess we’ll be having “spaghetti” and meatballs again soon! (I’ve never tried spaghetti squash before so I honestly have no idea how mine compares to the “normal” squash lol)

  13. Just got done eating this recipe! Very delicious!! I added a can of diced Italian style tomatoes and a couple other seasonings I use in my spaghetti sauce. I will definitely try this again!!

  14. Just made this. It was wonderful. So glad to have found this recipie.

  15. Has anyone tried it without the meatballs? I have a vegie in the house and am hoping this works without the added flavor of the meatballs.. Thanks!

  16. I’m so excited to try this!! I use spaghetti squash quite a bit but I end up cooking it seperately…nice to ommit a step!!:)

  17. it’s so good, very good.

  18. I am allergic to tomatoes any other suggestions for a sauce or liquid I could use?

    • If you like alfredo sauce, I think that might be a good choice? Maybe instead of meatballs you can grill some chicken and serve it with a little sprinkle of fresh basil?

  19. Well, if I can stop eating meatballs out of the crock pot every time I walk by, I might get to enjoy this spaghetti AND meatballs soon! :-) I can’t believe how ridiculously easy this was, and a healthy choice for this mama-to-be! A new favorite, and I will be trying different sauces and meatballs to change it up too!!

  20. I have to say that the last couple of days I have been looking for new recipes, and things to try. I have come across your website many times. Your recipes always look so good, and are very easy to make with the things I have on hand. I just wanted to say that you have a great blog. Keep up the awesome work.

  21. I made this tonight and it’s a HUGE hit! I had a large squash, so I actually had to “shave” off some of the sides to make them fit. And since it was very large, I had to actually cook it for about 7 hours, but that’s OK. It was super easy and absolutely delish. I also used turkey meatballs so it was a bit healthier. First time making spaghetti squash but definitely not my last. Thanks for this very easy, very yummy recipe!

  22. Lianna Mills says:

    Well, I’ve tried this twice now. I love how easy it is! I love that my kids love spag squash. What I don’t love are the meatballs! This is not your fault not the fault of the recipe. I cannot for the life of me find good meatballs. I’ve tried two different brands and both were mealy and strange tasting. Help! I truly love this recipe. What meatballs are y’all using?

  23. Sounds yummy! I was also thinking brats and onion or some other sausage?

  24. My squash was also too big for my 6 quart oval slow cooker. One half is in the crockpot now and I’m just going to bake the other half face down for about an hour right before dinner. I’ll probably also saute the squash with some butter and Italian seasoning before topping it with the sauce and meatballs. Super excited for dinner tonight!

  25. I’m trying this today with chicken. I cut up skinless chicken breast and threw in some left over mushrooms. I replaced pasta with spaghetti squash a long time ago, but never cooked it in the crock pot. Lots of variations in mind!

  26. My wife and I used to bake the whole thing. It’s a lot easier to cut it in half, take out the seeds, and put in a crock pot. It was a much better consistency and there is no difficulty removing the skins later.

  27. Jessy Bear says:

    Made this tonight…my first time cooking spaghetti squash. I bought a small crock pot so I only made half but it was plenty for the two of us! My fiancé and I both enjoyed it very much and will be eating this again as well as other variations. Thank you!

  28. This was so amazingly tasty! We have had spaghetti squash before in the oven. This is WAAY easier!! It was so good our picky 4 year old devoured it!!! This is being added to our monthly dinner recipes!!! :) THANK YOU!!

  29. Hmmm I’ve been meaning to try spaghetti squash. I’m not a huge fan of meatballs though, may have to try ground beef. That alfredo suggestion may also be tried :)

  30. Mad this for dinner last night and it was fantastic! Totally my new favorite!

  31. Brilliant! I love it!

  32. My partner and I are vegetarians and I made this with vegan meatballs. Delicious!

  33. Ahorsesoul says:

    Made this tonight. Excellent and so easy. TFS

  34. Lesley Tighe says:

    What’s wrong with me that I find it so hard to cut through a raw spaghetti squash?

    • They can definitely be difficult to get a knife through. Sometimes I’ll microwave it for about 2 minutes to soften it slightly. Try that next time! :)

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