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

Super tender squash, juicy meatballs and a rich sauce ready in no time!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 542 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 spaghetti squash, washed
  • 1 spaghetti sauce, your preferred flavor (more if desired)
  • 3 cups meatballs


  • 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.
  • Pour the spaghetti sauce around the sides of the squash and then place your meat balls around the sides as well.
  • 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.
  • Use tongs to carefully remove the squash from the crock pot. Use a fork to pull out all the squash, discard the shell.
  • Serve with the sauce and meatballs from the crock pot. Enjoy!


Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: Crock Pot, meat balls, Pasta Sauce, spaghetti squash
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
88 Responses
  1. April

    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 🙂

  2. Michelle

    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!!

  3. Jessy Bear

    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!

  4. Todd O

    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.

  5. Liz

    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!

  6. Erin

    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!

  7. Lianna Mills

    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?

    1. Laura

      Try the fresh made meatballs in your local grocer. Publix and Kroger have great meatballs. Sprouts, too! But what I have learned is they also make fresh “meatloaves” and it is cheaper to buy those and shape into meatballs. If you read the packaging, it is the same product in a different form! And another great tip… If you like to cook your meatballs first, throw them on a George Forman type grill and pull the cover down. They brown all over quickly and all the fat drains off!!! 🙂

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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