Baked Spaghetti Squash

This baked spaghetti squash is one of my favorite recipes to make. It’s healthy but doesn’t taste too healthy which, in my opinion, is the perfect recipe. I like to include onion and broccoli but this would also be great with peppers, zucchini or any other vegetables you have at home. The Italian sausage gives it a ton of flavor and slight spice but you can easily sub in ground turkey or ground beef. The egg provides it a little extra protein while binding everything together and the melted mozzarella gives it a great crunchy top! I made this recipe to be half dairy-free so one side had dairy-free mozzarella which you can clearly see from the photos– turns out, it doesn’t melt quite the same!

This recipe would be great for dinner parties or to serve a crowd because it has to bake for an hour. You can prep any sides you’re serving with it or spend time with your guests and all you do is pull it out, let it rest for a few minutes and serve it warm! It also makes great leftovers! I made this to share with one other person and am stoked to have leftovers for lunch for the next few days.

Left- non-dairy mozzarella. Right- regular mozzarella

Total Time Required: 2 hours

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb (4 links) Italian sausage, removed from casing (I used pre-cooked)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Salt & pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Carefully cut spaghetti squash in half long-ways (I first make small slices along the line I want to cut- makes it much easier!)
  3. Add olive oil, salt and pepper to cut-side of both halves
  4. Place spaghetti squash cut-side down on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes (lower oven temperature to 350 when the squash comes out)
  5. Heat olive oil in a large pan and add onion and broccoli
  6. Once onion and broccoli have browned slightly, add Italian sausage and cook for 3-5 minutes (if not pre-cooked, cook until no pink remains)
  7. Add pizza sauce, thyme, salt and pepper and allow to simmer for a few minutes
  8. Once the spaghetti squash is cool enough, use a fork to remove strands and place in a greased 9×12 baking dish
  9. Pour pizza sauce mixture over spaghetti squash and mix together
  10. Add in whisked eggs and combine thoroughly
  11. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top
  12. Bake for an hour at 350
  13. Allow to rest for a few minutes before slicing and enjoy!

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