So today I am sharing a lightened up “pasta” dish with spicy Italian sausage, healthy crisp broccolini all brought together with the perfect pasta alternative - Spaghetti Squash!
Have you guys jumped on the spaghetti squash bandwagon yet? If not you are seriously missing out. It gives you all the pasta feels without all the carbs + it's the perfect vessel to stuff full of all sorts of delicious things. Think carb-free lasagna……soooo good!
So if you have never cooked spaghetti squash you are in luck because it’s super easy. Honestly, the most challenging part is trying to cut that sucker in half. Which, by the way, be careful, it can actually be quite difficult. But, once you get that done you’re smooth sailing. Just drizzle with a little oil, season, and let the oven do the rest of the work. Once it’s tender you know your good to go and all you need to do is let it cool before using a fork to remove your spaghetti strands.
So this recipe has you mixing the squash with the sausage then putting it back inside the skin, but, if you want to skip that step you can always just scoop it on top and let everyone mix it together themselves.
So next time you want comfort food without all the guilt this meal is for you! It’s all the flavour without any unnecessary calories!
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 1 hour
total time 1 hour 15 minutes
4 medium spaghetti squash
salt + pepper
1 lb hot Italian sausage
1 bunch broccolini (approx. 4 cups)
3 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup parmesan
2 cups mozzarella
Preheat oven to 400. Carefully cut each squash in half then scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the inside of each one with a small amount of olive oil then season with salt + pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Remove from the oven - flip over so the cut side is up and allow to cool.
While the squash is cooling add hot Italian sausage into a large frying pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, breaking into small pieces. Once fully cooked through add in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another 1 minute. To the pan add in broccolini that has been chopped into 1/2 inch pieces and cook another 5 minutes or until the broccolini is tender.
Scoop out the spaghetti squash and toss with the sausage and broccolini. Sprinkle the parmesan and season with salt + pepper.
Add the mixture back into the spaghetti squash and top with mozzarella. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly. Serve immediately.