Thursday, May 13, 2010

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Earlier this week, my bus buddy, Susan, and I were heading home after a day of work, and the topic of what was for dinner came up.  I told her of my plans to do Chicken Parm, and she said that she was going to be cooking spaghetti squash.  My mind immediately drift to this simple but delicious recipe that I found on epicurious.com back in 2006.  It's so hard for me to believe that I've been making it that long, and everyone that I've made it for has loved it!  I first discovered spaghetti squash about 5 years ago, and it was an exciting time for my mom, too, because she is allergic to sulfates which are usually part of the whole pasta experience.  In the past, I've been known to throw in some mushrooms.  

The spaghetti squash that they had at Publix were on the smaller side than I'm used to using which saddened me...mainly because it meant that I could use a regular knife instead of my electric knife.  Yep, I got an electric knife with the main purpose of halving a spaghetti squash!!!  Anyway, with the smaller squash, I had to play around with the amount of ingredients, but like always, this recipe turned out to be a fantastic meal!  Another cool thing is that it allowed me to use some of the fresh herbs that Susan had brought me!

Here's my adapted original recipe!

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Ingredients
  • 1 3 3/4- to 4-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise, seeded
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups purchased marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
Directions
Preheat oven to 375F.

Place halved spaghetti squash shell side up on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.  Bake squash in the oven for 1 hour.  Let the squash cool.

While the squash is cooling, saut√© sausage, bell pepper, onion, basil, and garlic in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until sausage browns and vegetables are tender, breaking up sausage with back of spoon, about 12 minutes. Mix in marinara sauce. 

Using fork, pull out squash strands from shells, leaving shells intact. Mix squash strands into sausage mixture. Season filling to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon filling into squash shells. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover; refrigerate.)

Turn oven up to 400°F. Arrange filled squash halves on baking sheet. Sprinkle each with Parmesan and then top with a little bit of cheddar cheese. Bake uncovered until heated through, about 20 minutes (30 minutes if previously chilled). Cut each squash half in two and serve. 

Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. yum!! you need to link to my wgcw!

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  2. Hey Katie! Thanks for stopping by! Great blog. I love to eat-lol. If you ever want me to feature one of your recipes- let me know...I think it would be fun.

    Jessica

    I am following now- so I can see your great recipes in my dashboard too!

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  3. Thanks for stopping by, Jessica! I would love to have one of my recipes featured on your blog! What an honor! :)

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  4. Hi there! Thanks for joining the celebration. I've always wondered what to do with spaghetti squash. Thanks for the recipe.

    Lynn
    http://www.middayescapades.com

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  5. Dang girl, I've got to come back & write this down. it sounds really good. Happy FF now following you - hope you can stop by me & do the same. have a great weekend.

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  6. Looks good!!!

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