Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

I have a bad habit of picking up squash at the Farmer’s Market and then letting them languish on the counter for months. I exaggerate not.

One time, when my Husband and I were working in Cleveland, I bought a butternut squash with lavish plans of a soup and this poor squash sat around for 8 months. Eight months! It became the running joke. Who does that?

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

Several months ago I picked up a Delicata Squash because I thought it looked pretty, but I had no idea what to do with it.

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

And when I finally had to give up on the Delicata Squash I picked up some (yes, some!) spaghetti squash, because apparently I learned nothing from my previous wasteful experiences.

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

But fortunately Martha roasted spaghetti squash on Martha’s Cooking School, and I decided to tackle it. And that very same week Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest, she’s amazing, by the way, posted a Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats and I was sold.

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

This Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash is a guilt free way to eat two of my favorite things: red meat sauce [more on that unnatural obsession here] and cheese.

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

Mmmmm the melty, cheesy goodness.

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

And spaghetti squash is shockingly good! Seasoned simply with olive oil, salt, pepper and freshly ground nutmeg it had a nutty, comforting flavor that I found myself eating even without the accoutrements. And it only has 31 calories in a cup. Who can argue with that?

That means more dessert. No?

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

When my Husband was out of town last month I ate this every single night for a week.

Every. Single. Night.

So without further delay, pick up some spaghetti squash and whip up these healthy, delicious Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash.

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce

FULL DISCLOSURE: There is another Butternut squash sitting on my counter that I picked up several weeks ago with a determination to finally make that butternut squash soup. Maybe divulging my problem will force me to actually MAKE IT! Here’s to hoping!

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

Yield: Serves 4

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

This Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash has a rich, homemade turkey sauce all smothered with melted mozzarella cheese! Healthy, hearty and easy!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium spaghetti squash
  • ¾ pound mild turkey sausage
  • 2 cups pasta sauce (I prefer this homemade thicker recipe)
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, grated [this makes a HUGE difference in overall flavor, but you can also use the pre-grated type in a pinch]
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (this will save your baking sheets and also you a lot of cleanup!)
  2. Halve your spaghetti squash, scoop out the insides, and place them face up on your baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and coarse kosher salt. Flip them over and drizzle with more olive oil and salt. Be sure to set aside the insides of the squash to roast the seeds!
  3. Bake in your preheated oven until the skin easily gives when you poke it with a fork. It will feel soft and will indent. This baking time will vary drastically by the size of your squash; 30-60 minutes.
  4. While the squash bakes prepare your filling. Brown some mild, turkey sausage and combine with pasta sauce. Heat gently in a medium saucepan.
  5. Grip the squash with tongs and scrape out the insides with fork into a medium bowl.
  6. Repeat with all remaining squash halves.
  7. Season generously with olive oil, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and fresh ground nutmeg (leave this out if you only have the pre-ground type…it’s just not the same). I like to season the squash in batches; fluffing with a fork to toss and coat.
  8. Fill the empty squash skins or ovenproof dish with the spaghetti squash; top with ¼ of the turkey sausage pasta sauce; and then sprinkle grated mozzarella over the top.
  9. Broil until cheese melts and browns. Serve immediately.

Notes:

The squash boat imparts no additional flavor, so feel free to make them in individual ramekins or one larger baking dish. Just make sure which ever you choose is broiler safe!

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Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Sausage Meat Sauce


Comments

  1. says

    Oh I need to try this recipe! I tried spaghetti squash once b/c I heard it was healthy and low carb. I roasted it at home but the stringy squash just tasted strange to me. Granted, I didn’t think of using pasta sauce/sausage/cheese but the squash just tasted weirdly crunchy.

    Can you describe what the squash strands are supposed to taste like if roasted properly? Perhaps I didn’t roast them long enough last time.

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Hey Faye! You do need to try it! Anything smothered in melted mozzarella has to be good!

      Roasted spaghetti squash definitely shouldn’t be crunchy. I would make sure you buy young squash that feel heavy for their size. Roast until a fork can easily be pressed into the skin. When in doubt, roast a little longer. It has a mild, nutty flavor. No one is going to be fooled into thinking spaghetti squash IS spaghetti pasta, but it mimics the texture well enough serve as a vegetable substitute! Let me know if you try it again!

  2. says

    Dang! Eight months lol. Wow!

    Love the globs of cheese in this dish. Love extra cheesiness. And speaking of squash, I am sipping on some squash tea as I type this. Instant….it’s actually so much yummier when I make my own with fresh squash, but I don’t have any squash at the moment. Maybe you can use some of your squash for squash tea too?
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      It gets worse…the only reason it was thrown out at 8 months is because we moved. Bad.

      How do you make fresh squash tea? Do you just throw some squash chunks in a pot and add hot water? Do you cook it first?

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I am SO relieved that I am not the only one! You should roast it! Once you do it you are going to be hooked. It was so easy. No pealing, no chopping, no hassle.

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Lol! I’m not sure that’s an award I should be proud of or not! I hope you do pick up a spaghetti squash or two! It’s a really nice change from the usual pasta.

  3. Brittany says

    I was wondering if I could use Goat Cheese instead of Mozerella….would it taste weird? I’m just craving me some goat cheese and spaghetti squash! Haha. These look amazing!! :D

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      That is not weird, Brittany! I LOVE goats cheese! I think it would taste good! Be sure to report back!

  4. Susan Raines says

    I am going to try this as well, we love spaghetti squash, a great substitute for the carbs in pasta and one of the few things that works well with Kendall’s diabeties! xoxo

    • Lindsey says

      I’m so glad you tried and loved it, Jess!!! Don’t tell anyone but I ate it every night for 3 weeks straight (my husband was out of town so I could get away with such things! haha)

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