Twice baked Spaghetti Squash

Justin and I have had a bit of a crazy week with family visiting from out of town. At the end of it all, I really just wanted to cook a healthy, homemade meal from scratch. In between baby feedings, that’s exactly what I did. DSC_0544

First things first, I got hubby to cut the spaghetti squash in two. DSC_0545

Next, I scooped out all the seeds. DSC_0546

I used the cheater method to cook the squash: In the microwave. I had never done it before, and it was super simple! All you do is lay it face down in about an inch of water in a microwave-safe dish, then you microwave it on high for about 15 mins. It sure beats taking hours in the oven. I don’t think I’ll cook squash another way again!DSC_0547

For the filling, I used mild Italian sausage, red onion, peppers and zucchini. DSC_0548

I cooked the sausage first.DSC_0549

Then I added the other veggies. DSC_0551

Here’s how the squash looked when it was all cooked. You can tell it’s done by poking the flesh with a fork. It should be nice and tender, and should shred easily.DSC_0552

Next, scoop out the inside of the squash and pop it into a bowl. DSC_0554

Here’s the filling, all ready to be mixed in with the squash. DSC_0555

I threw everything into a bowl with a handful of spinach, and mixed it all together. DSC_0556

Then, I transferred it back to the squash shells. DSC_0557Next, I topped it with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and baked it at 375 for about 20 mins (or until cheese is melty and golden.)

IMG_2505I also broiled the cheese for about two minutes on high, to get that extra crispy, golden top.

IMG_2506Serve it nice and hot for a delicious fall meal.

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

You will need:

1 large spaghetti squash

1 lb of mild Italian Sausage

1 small bell pepper

1 small red onion

1 zucchini

1/2 cup baby spinach leaves

1/2 cup mozzarella and parmesan cheese, mixed

Begin by cutting your squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and place one half face down in a microwave safe dish in about an inch of water. Microwave on high for about 15 mins. While your squash is cooking, dice up your veggies and cook the sausage in a large skillet. Add the veggies and saute until all veggies are cooked. While preparing the filling, keep an eye on your squash in the microwave. Your squash is fully cooked when the flesh can easily be pierced with a fork and shreds easily with a fork as well. Scoop out the insides of the squash and transfer to a bowl. Throw in a handful of baby spinach leaves and mix the filling in with the squash. Transfer back to the squash shells and top with cheese. Baked at 375 for about 20 mins (or until cheese is melty and golden.) Serve nice and hot!


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