Baked Spaghetti Squash

Available year-round, the mild flavored spaghetti squash takes center stage in this main dish recipe. The squash is layered with an Italian sausage mixture, ripe olives, pasta sauce, and cheese.

Baked Spaghetti Squash
SERVINGS
6
PREP TIME
30 mins
by 8  people
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Ingredients
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (2-1/4 lb.)
  • 12 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium green or red sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 4 1/4 ounce can chopped pitted ripe olives (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups purchased red pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack, mozzarella, or Italian blend cheese
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian parsley
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Directions
1. 
Halve squash crosswise; remove seeds. Place cut sides down in 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Add 1/4 cup water. Cover with vented plastic wrap. Microcook on high power 13 to 15 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with fork; rearrange once for even baking. In a large skillet cook sausage, mushrooms, sweet pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink; stir to break up sausage. Drain off fat.
2. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Scrape pulp from squash (about 3 cups). Wipe out baking dish; coat with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half the squash in dish. Add half the sausage mixture and half the olives. Sprinkle with seasoning and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Top with half the sauce and half the cheese. Top with remaining squash, sausage, olives, and sauce. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Makes 6 servings.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 351, Fat, total (g) 24, chol. (mg) 64, sat. fat (g) 11, carb. (g) 13, Monosaturated fat (g) 11, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 4, sugar (g) 5, pro. (g) 18, vit. A (IU) 777, vit. C (mg) 25, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 16, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, sodium (mg) 941, Potassium (mg) 559, calcium (mg) 273, iron (mg) 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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