My grandmother made the most delicious Italian sausages and spaghetti sauce growing up. She simmered the sauce all day on the stove and the recipe was a little different every time she made it depending on what she needed to use up in the kitchen. Nothing ever went to waste and sauce was one of her favorite vehicles for using up whatever she had leftover. It was a magical thing.
This week I was thinking about that dish but was in need of something quicker and a little lighter. When I saw this recipe from Nutmeg Nanny I couldn't wait to try it. Spaghetti squash, ground sausage, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and just the right amount of cheese to make it taste indulgent. Yum.
Italian Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
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- 2 U spaghetti squash (small-medium)
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey sausage
- 1 U green pepper, sliced
- 1 U red pepper, sliced
- 1/2 U sweet onion, sliced thin
- 4 U cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 20 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes until tender. To microwave, pierce whole squash with knife or fork. Microwave for 12-14 minutes or until tender. Carefully cut open to remove the seeds. Scrape the squash out with a fork.
Meanwhile, heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Brown the sausage. Add the peppers and onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning. Cook for 1 minute.
Add the crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 8-10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
When the spaghetti squash is ready, scrape it with a fork to loosen. Add the sausage, pepper, and tomato mixture and stir. Top with cheese. Place under the broiler for 5-7 minutes until cheese melts.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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