Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Sausage
Always low carb and delicious, spaghetti squash is one of our favorite recipes the satisfies. If you’ve never had spaghetti squash before, you’ll be in for a real treat! To start, read our how to cook spaghetti squash write up. There’s so much flavor from the sausage in the spaghetti squash, it’s hard to resist. The added parmesan is fantastic when it’s melted on the tender spaghetti squash strands and sausage. You won’t miss the heavy starchy pasta because the spaghetti squash is super satisfying without all the guilt of starch and calories. Enjoy this for a quick weeknight dinner by pre-cooking the spaghetti squash. That way when you come home from work, you just cook the sausage and add the spaghetti squash and other simple ingredients. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy a healthy dinner at home with your family!
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Spaghetti squash is often cooked in the microwave or the oven. Microwaving is quicker, but we find that roasting or baking the squash in the oven gives more squash flavor. Both are still delicious.
The recipe is written to roast and there is a note at the bottom of the recipe for microwave instructions.
If you want to make this vegetarian, there are several great plant based “meat sausages” available in grocers now, or substitute cherry tomatoes or mushrooms, or whatever veggies you might like with the squash.
- 1 Spaghetti Squash (about 3 pounds-1.36kg)
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil , divided
- 1/2 medium Onion , chopped
- 3 cloves Garlic , minced or crushed
- 1 pound un-cooked Italian Sausage
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Basil (or 1 teaspoon dried basil) - or herb of choice- oregano, rosemary, etc.
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese , preferably freshly grated *See Note 2 below recipe
- Kosher Salt , to taste
- fresh Cracked Black Pepper , to taste
- optional - chopped Italian Parsley , for garnish
- optional - red chili flakes
- Preheat Oven to 375°F/190°C.
Slice spaghetti squash in half. (You can cut lengthwise or crosswise. Both work well, crosswise will give you longer strands. Kitchen tip: Use the tip of the knife to first pierce the squash to get the cut started. Once started, you don’t have to slice everything in half, just cut through the rind working around the diameter.) Scoop out the seeds and loose tidbits.
- Lightly oil the cut edge of the spaghetti squash with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Place cut side down on a baking sheet pan or large baking dish.
Bake for about 45-55 minutes, or until the squash flesh separates easily into strands with a fork. (You want the “spaghetti” strands to separate from each other without overcooking and getting mushy. After 45 mintes taste test one strand of the squash to see if it cooked to your preference. Bake it for another 5-15 minutes if needed depending on the size and tenderness of the squash).
- Using a towel to hold or wait until cool enough to handle, use a fork to finish gently loosening the “spaghetti" from the shells and set aside.
- Pinch and form the sausage into 1/2-inch sized balls. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Heat remaining 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in pan, then stir in the onion and garlic. Cook until soft, about 1 minute, then add sausage. Allow to cook untouched until bottom side of sausage starts to brown, then stir. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally until the sausage is cooked through (@ 2-3 minutes depending on heat and size of sausage).
Stir in the the basil and then add spaghetti squash strands to the sausage. Continue cooking until spaghetti squash is heated through (usually less than a minute.)
Remove from heat. Toss in parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with optional parsley and/or red chili flakes. Serve immediately.
Note 1: Cooking the spaghetti squash in the microwave: Cut the spaghetti squash in half and seed. Place cut side down in a microwave safe dish filled with 1-inch of water. Microwave on high until tender (about 10 minutes). See the post for more information: Microwaving Spaghetti Squash
Note 2: The parmesan cheese is important to the taste of the dish. If you can, use a freshly grated Parmigiana Reggiano, Grana Padano or similar. So delicious!
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