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Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats

If you’re craving something decadent and delicious without overdoing the calories, you’ll love these delicious spaghetti squash boats filled with everything you love about lasagna – chicken sausage, tomato sauce, ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

I even used whole milk mozzarella cheese because I wanted it to melt nice, I just used it in moderation. The whole thing is way under 300 calories and 8 points plus if you’re on Weight Watchers, and it’s filling! It’s also gluten free – if you prefer to use part-skim mozzarella, the WW Points would be 7 pp.

Spaghetti squash when cooked has a lot of liquid, so I find it helpful to place it in a colander over paper towels to help get red of the excess moisture and it works perfectly.

You can prep this ahead of time, then put it on the oven just before you’re ready to bake. If you happen to only find large spaghetti squash, you can place the mixture in a 9×9 baking dish instead of the shells. Enjoy!!

Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1 boat • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 246 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 17 g • Carb: 17 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 7 g
Sodium: 701 mg • Cholesterol: 71 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3 small to medium spaghetti squash (about 5 cups cooked)
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (or basil)
  • 3/4 cup whole milk shredded mozzarella cheese

For the sauce:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz Italian chicken sausage
  • 14 oz (1/2 can) crushed tomatoes (I prefer Tuttorosso) 
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil

Directions:


Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and membrane. Season lightly with salt and black pepper; bake about 1 hour, or longer if needed on a baking sheet, cut side down. 
If you prefer the microwave, cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and fibers and place on a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes or until soft.


In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese, 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and parsley.


In a large deep sauté pan, heat oil and add onions and garlic; sauté on medium-low for about 3 to 4 minutes, until soft. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up into smaller pieces until browned and cooked through. When cooked, add the crushed tomatoes and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add the bay leaf and cover, reducing heat to low. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, then add in fresh basil at the very end.


When spaghetti squash is cooked, let it cool for about 10 minutes keeping the oven on. If you microwaved this, preheat the oven to 400°F.

When the spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to remove flesh, which will come out in spaghetti looking strands reserving the shells. Drain the squash on a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid, then toss with half of the sauce. Place the spaghetti squash back into the 6 shells and place on a baking sheet.

Top each with remaining sauce, 1 tbsp ricotta cheese mixture, and 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes or until everything is hot and the cheese is melted.

Farro and Sausage Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash

This simple savory stuffed acorn squash is easy to make and filled with the wonderful flavors of Fall.  The stuffing is made with farro, chicken sausage, mushrooms, celery, onions and sage – you’ll love this!

It doesn’t get easier than this: simply halve and hollow out acorn
squash, then season with salt and roast in the oven. Nothing like
warming up the kitchen on a blistery night with baked squash in the
oven. While that bakes make the stuffing on the stove, then when the
squash is ready fill it with the stuffing and serve – the results are a
soft, flavorful squash filled with savory goodness! 

In the Fall I love preparing squash, whether it’s butternut, pumpkin, spaghetti, or acorn and I’m always looking for great new ways to prepare it. I recently had a stuffed acorn squash at a restaurant that was pretty good, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking it would taste so much better with this farro stuffing, which I LOVE! This stuffing is an adaptation of this brown rice and sausage stuffing[1], which you could of course use instead of farro. I’ve also made it with barley and it was wonderful.

Farro is my favorite new grain – I love it’s chewy, nutty texture which holds
up perfectly in this stuffing, but farro does contain gluten so if you want to make this gluten-free, swap it out for brown rice. This is perfect for a weeknight meal, but would also make a nice addition to your Thanksgiving table. Simply eat with a spoon to scoop out all the wonderful squash with the stuffing in every bite – enjoy!

Farro and Sausage Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1/2 squash 1/2 cup stuffing • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 213 • Fat: 5 g • Protein: 10 g • Carb: 37 g • Fiber: 6 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 272 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Ingredients:

  • 3 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds and fibers removed
  • olive oil spray (I used my mister)
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pearled farro, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 links raw sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 sage leaves, chopped
  • parsley, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist the cut side of squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in a baking dish and add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the pan. Cover and bake 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

Meanwhile, cook farro in chicken broth according to package directions.

While the farro is cooking, in a large saute pan cook chicken sausage on medium heat, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks until the sausage is cooked through and is browned. Set aside on a dish.

Add olive oil to the pan and add the onion, sauté 1 minute, add the celery, salt and pepper to taste; cook until celery is soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and sage to the pan, more salt and pepper if needed and cook, stirring 5 minutes, then cook covered for 2 minutes, or until the mushrooms have released their juice and are cooked through. Return the cooled sausage and the cooked farro to the sauté pan and mix well.

Divide the farro stuffing evenly between the roasted acorn squash, garnish with parsley and serve.

References

  1. ^ brown rice and sausage stuffing (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Boats with Sausage

A fun twist on eggplant parmesan – these eggplant “boats” are hollowed out and stuffed with sweet Italian chicken sausage and tomato sauce, then topped with melted mozzarella – Oh ma gaaaa!

I’ve been dreaming up this recipe since last year when I created my Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats[1]. If you love eggplant parmesan these are going to knock your socks off! My husband loved these even more than the zucchini actually, but he’s also more of an eggplant guy. I thought these were fabulous, you gotta give them a try!

I picked up some white eggplant at the farmer’s market because they looked like the perfect size to make these boats. You could use any variety as long as they aren’t too large. The pulp that gets scooped out goes right back into the stuffing so nothing gets wasted. One boat is a complete meal and super filling, you can serve it with a side salad if you have the room!

Baked Eggplant Parmesan Boats with Sausage
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4  • Size: 1 eggplant boat  • Old Points: 5 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 244 • Fat: 9 g • Carb: 25 g • Fiber: 8 g • Protein: 19 g • Sugar: 3 g
Sodium: 678 mg • Cholest: 50 mg

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium (15 oz each) white eggplants, stems trimmed off and halved lengthwise
  • 3 links (8.4 oz?) sweet Italian chicken sausage, casings removed (I used Premio)
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/3 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 5 basil leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 teaspoons grated Pecorino Romano

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Hollow out the flesh of the eggplant to create a boat using a melon
baller or small knife, leaving a 1/2-inch of the skin all around to
create a shell. Roughly chop the scooped out eggplant flesh.

Drop the eggplant into the boiling water and cook 3 minutes (poking it with a spoon so they stay submerged). Remove with a slotted spoon and set them on paper towels on the counter.

Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking the meat up while it cooks into smaller pieces. Add the onions and garlic and cook on a medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add 1 cup chopped eggplant and cook about 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup crushed tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fresh basil.

Pour 1/3 cup of crushed tomatoes on the bottom of a 9 x 12 baking dish and place the eggplant boats on top. Season the eggplant with salt and divide the sausage and sauce evenly among the 4 eggplant boats.

Top each with 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 teaspoon each of Pecorino Romano cheese. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes until cheese is melted and eggplant is cooked through.

References

  1. ^ Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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