Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

I was in the mood for italian food today. I don't crave it a lot but whenever i get the slightest whiff of lasagna or spaghetti, it lights the spark in my brain! Luckily for me, I had a beautiful spaghetti squash at home just staring at me and begging to be cooked.

I usually make my spaghetti squash with just veggies and without sauce, but I wanted to try something new tonight so that's why I made a casserole instead. It turned out yummy and was just perfect for my italian dinner.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

1 medium sized spaghetti squash
1 medium zucchini
1 broccoli crown
1 bell pepper
1 package smoked sausage
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
handful spinach
crushed garlic, i buy the jar of minced so about 1 tsp of that
italian spice blend

1. cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Brush with olive oil and some salt, pepper & garlic salt. Wrap one half in saran wrap and put in microwave for about 7 minutes (you'll have to check on it, if it is a larger squash it may take longer) Once finished, repeat with other half of squash.
2. While squash is in the microwave, cut up your veggies and throw them in a pot with some olive oil over medium heat. Let these all warm through and add the sausage. Once that cooks for a couple more minutes, add the can of tomato sauce and can of diced tomatoes. Next throw in your spices. I have an italian blend mix of spices that I used and also added some salt and pepper.
3. After squash is done, shred it with a fork into a casserole dish. Once that is shredded, add all your veggies and stir together. I added some parmesan cheese to Kyle's side of the dish but left mine without.
4. Heat the oven to 425 degrees and cook covered for about 20-25 minutes. 
This dish was so good and I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Also got a 2 thumbs up by Kyle so that means you know its good! I might try it with chicken next time just to mix things up :]

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenna. I tried this dish last night. Tweaked it a bit by adding spaghetti sauce in place of the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, ( I don't like chunks) and added chicken instead of smoked sausage. Well it was a huge hit and enjoyed by all...even Amanda who doesn't typically like things that are very healthy. :) Thanks. Oh I also made the roasted nut recipe that you suggested. I haven't tasted it yet, but Kevin did and he said, "we have a problem...there isn't enough" Haha...can we talk portion control Mr.?
    Thanks for sharing