Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Casserole

17 Nov
Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Casserole

We are in that “it’s hard to find a good vegetable at the store” time of year, so when the hubs asked me to pick up some veggies on my last trip, I settled on a spaghetti squash. After making this, I realized I had forgotten how much I like this beautiful squash! But is sure is a pain in the you-know-what to cut open. Most recipes for this showcase the innards in its lovely yellow shell as the serving container, but after my hack job it getting it open it was best left to throw it in a casserole dish.

Aside from trying not to chop your fingers off cutting the squash in half and getting it baked, this is an easy dinner to prepare. Serve with a salad and garlic bread, and dinner is served!

Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Casserole

3-4 pound spaghetti squash
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 pound hot Italian sausage (mild if preferred)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or fresh if you have it)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Carefully cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Brush with olive oil, then salt and pepper it to taste. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet, and bake for one hour. Let cool until you can handle them, then remove the “spaghetti strands” to a bowl, using a fork. Set aside and reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.

About halfway through the squash cooking time, cook the Italian sausage in a large skillet along with the onions and garlic until the sausage is cooked through. Add the can of crushed tomatoes and stir to combine, then reduce heat to simmer for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile mix together the ricotta, Parmesan and parsley in another bowl.

Once all the players are in place, stir the spaghetti squash into tomato sauce, then pour into a 2-quart oil-sprayed casserole dish. Spread the cheese mixture over top, then the mozzarella. Bake in 350-degree oven for about 20-30 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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53 Responses to “Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Casserole”

  1. Mad Dog November 17, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    Taste comes first in my book and your finished dish looks great. I can see strands of squash in the top photo too! I’m feeling hungry now and it’s getting close to supper time.

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  2. A_Boleyn November 17, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    I found that stabbing it all over and microwaving it for 5 min before cutting it in half helped.

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  3. thefoodandwinehedonist November 17, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    I’ve never liked spaghetti squash when it’s “loose” on a plate, trying to be like regular spaghetti. But this seems a little different.

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  4. D. Wallace Peach November 17, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    What a nice meal for these gray winter days, Kathryn. Looks and sounds delicious and not that hard to make. Using spaghetti squash is a great idea! Nice alternative to pasta 😀

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  5. Debbie Spivey November 17, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    David tickles me because he’s so mental when it comes to food. Like because I say “spaghetti” he thinks noodles. Perhaps sausage would help… Like this recipe Kathryn!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger November 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

      My husband who is quite finicky when it comes to things like that too actually really liked this, and for proof he packed some for his lunch the next day! Thank you!

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  6. sallybr November 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Perfect meal for the cold approaching… I love spaghetti squash, but like you, detest having to cut it open… still, worth it!

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  7. Michelle Williams November 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    Delicious! I have made something similar. Although I love pasta I cannot eat it all the time. Spaghetti squash is a delicious substitution. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

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  8. Bernadette November 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    A truly delicious recipe. Although I eat spaghetti squash all the time (I make it with my homemade pesto) and never thought of using it in a baked dish.

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  9. Jodi November 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    oh my yummmmmminessss!

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  10. Adam J. Holland November 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    This is an outstanding recipe. I’m not sure about the spaghetti squash in the Great Northwest, but the stuff here in the Lone Star State isn’t usually much of a pain to cut. (Perhaps you need to sharpen your knife, young lady!) Excellent stuff, friend! Keep the goodness coming. 🙂

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    • anotherfoodieblogger November 17, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

      We certainly must have tough squash, as I sharpen my chef’s knife every time before I use it, lol! Thanks Adam!

      Like

  11. Garfield Hug November 17, 2017 at 11:14 pm #

    Looks really delish and my comfort food type but bad for my butt haha….lol…😆

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    • anotherfoodieblogger November 18, 2017 at 8:11 am #

      Spaghetti squash is better than pasta for your butt, lol! Thank you Garfield. 🙂

      Like

  12. Gerlinde November 18, 2017 at 7:30 am #

    I love spaghetti squash and your recipe looks yummy.

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  13. Lynz Real Cooking November 18, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    This sure looks good KR!

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  14. Rachel November 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    I REALLY need to give spaghetti squash another try. I had a nightmarish experience once that has left me scarred. LOL. This is inspiring me!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger November 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

      You should try this! Just add some Italian seasoning to the crushed tomatoes if you don’t use sausage.

      Like

  15. Karina Pinella November 18, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    This is definitely a dish to remember!

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  16. fromthefamilytable November 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    Spaghetti squash is without a doubt my favorite squash, and you have taken it to a new level.

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  17. chefkreso November 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    This is such a tasty dinner idea, love it and will give it a try soon!

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  18. Karen November 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    I must try this. I’ve used spaghetti squash but not in a casserole dish like yours.

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  19. MOHAMEDWELI AHMED ABUKAR November 19, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    Hi Dear

    Like

  20. FrugalHausfrau November 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    Now that looks good! Much better than stuffed in a squash! I think I would have tempted to just use your spaghetti sauce in this!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger November 20, 2017 at 9:02 am #

      The hot Italian sausage has PLENTY of spices in it, plus I was saving what we had left in the freezer for a lasagna soon. 🙂

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  21. Mackay Sherry November 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    Yum. This sounds very tasty. Might have to wait till winter to make it tho:). Summer is nearly upon us!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger November 20, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

      Ahh, you must be on the other side of the globe. Winter is just starting here! Thank you!

      Like

  22. jyo November 21, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    Such an amazing recipe !!

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  23. Teagan R. Geneviene November 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    I love spaghetti squash! It’s the most fun vegetable in the world. 😀 I’m sure this dish was a huge hit, Kathryn. It’s a fantastic ideal. Happy Thanksgiving hugs!

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  24. Sheryl November 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    I’ve never had spaghetti squash. This post makes me want to give it a try.

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  25. Sumith November 28, 2017 at 10:44 pm #

    Delicious recipe! For sure going to try. Perfect for this cold weather.

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  26. cookingwithauntjuju.com November 30, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    Spaghetti squash goes perfectly with a spicy Italian recipe. Love hot sausage in so many different dishes – made a Thanksgiving dressing with hot sausage and it really was good.

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  27. orlando788 January 15, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    This casserole looks divine!!

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