Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Shells

How many ways of using spaghetti squash that you know of other than, you know, as a substitute for the pasta in spaghetti? Have you ever tried using their shells as stuffed boats, just like with, say, baked potatoes? If not yet, thena here’s a recipe for stuffed spaghetti squash shells that you’re sure to like. It’s got shredded spaghetti squash, kale and sausage.

This recipe for stuffed spaghetti squash shells is simple enough. You bake the spaghetti squash, allow it to cool, and then scrape off the flesh with a fork. While you’re waiting for the squash to cool, sauté the sausage and kale in a skillet, and then add the scraped spaghetti squash later on. Lastly, transfer the contents of the skillet to the spaghetti squash shells.

This healthy and filling recipe is from Rebecca of Paleo Grubs.

Ingredients

1 medium spaghetti squash or 2 small spaghetti squash
1 1/2 lbs. Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
1 yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch kale
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp pine nuts, roasted
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place squash in the microwave for 3-4 minutes to soften. Using a sharp knife cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Place the halves, with the cut side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 45-50 minutes, until you can poke the squash easily with a fork. Let cool until you can handle it safely.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the kale by removing the center stems and either tearing or cutting up the leaves. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken sausage and break apart with a spatula to crumble. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring regularly, until the sausage is browned and cooked through. Add the kale and stir. Cook for a few minutes more to wilt the kale. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Once cooled, scrape the insides of the spaghetti squash with a fork to shred the squash into strands. Transfer the strands into the skillet with the sausage and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among the squash shells, and then top with pine nuts and parsley to serve.

 

Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: Paleo Grubs.

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