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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.

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Ragu

 

Roasted Spaghetti squash topped with a simple-yet-delicious meat sauce simmered with tomatoes, onions, carrots and celery.

I originally posted this recipe way back in 2009, before I owned a decent camera and I just had to give this a photo makeover (the photo was so bad I’m surprised anyone made it at all). It’s so darn good you won’t miss the pasta, and think of all the calories you’re saving by making the swap! It’s also low-carb, clean, gluten-free and perfect for my paleo followers out there too!

The beauty of this dish is you can totally make this family friendly. I know my kids prefer to have their meat sauce with pasta (plus they need their carbs too) so I cook some pasta for them and serve this with spaghetti squash for my husband and I. It’s a very generous amount and extremely satisfying.


Of course, you can swap the beef for turkey if you wish, and you can certainly make the spaghetti squash in the microwave which is so much quicker. The sauce can be frozen for a later date and reheated when for a busier night. I’ve never tried freezing spaghetti squash, anyone out there know if I can? So there you go, a meal that can make the whole family happy – gotta love that!


Spaghetti Squash with Meat Ragu
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 cup squash, scant 3/4 cup sauce • Old Points: 3 • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 175 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 14 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 263 mg (without the salt) • Cholesterol: 40 g

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from 2 medium, about 6 lbs total)
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste

For the Meat sauce:

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • (4 oz) 1/2 onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped  
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 
  • 1 lb 95% lean beef  
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (I prefer Tuttorosso)  
  • 1/4 cup white wine (yes, you can leave this out if you dont drink wine) 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste


Directions:


Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and membrane. Season with salt and bake about 1 hour, or longer if needed on a baking sheet, cut side up.


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 large deep sauté pan, melt butter and add oil. Add onions, celery
and carrots and sauté on medium-low for about 3 to 4 minutes, until
soft. Add the beef and season with salt. Brown the meat and cook,
breaking it into smaller pieces with your spoon until cooked trhough.
When cooked, add the tomatoes and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add
wine and simmer until it reduces a bit, then add bay leaf and cover,
reducing heat to low. Simmer at least an hour, stirring occasionally.


When spaghetti squash is cooked, let it cool for about 10 minutes. When cool, use a fork to remove flesh, which will come out in spaghetti looking strands. Keep covered and set aside keeping warm until sauce is ready. Serve topped with meat sauce and grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

Spaghetti squash and fresh vegetables simmered with a quick marinara sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella if you desire – easy, cheap, gluten-free and perfect for Meatless Mondays!

This was inspired after watching a marathon of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, but this time we actually decided to go to the nearest DDD restaurant, The Pit Stop[1] which was featured on the show for their spaghetti squash primavera.

As a spaghetti squash lover myself, I ordered it and loved it and knew I wanted to re-make this at home. Super easy to make and you can use whatever vegetables you like – I used broccoli, carrots and zucchini but you can use asparagus, eggplant or bell peppers. To speed this up I made the spaghetti squash in the microwave which takes only about 8 minutes to cook, but if you have more time you can make it in the oven, the directions below are for both.

Of course, I had to top mine with fresh mozzarella which was just made and still warm when I bought it this morning! Leave the cheese out for vegan, dairy-free or paleo diets, nutritional info is provided below both ways. This dish comes together in less than 20 minutes, and you can easily double the recipe to make it 4 servings using a larger saute pan. You can also freeze this once cooked and reheat it in the oven for another day, enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash Primavera (with cheese)
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 2 • Size: 1 3/4 cups • Old Points: 7 • Weight Watcher Points+: 8 pt
Calories: 340 • Fat: 14 g • Carb: 38 g • Fiber: 8 g • Protein: 14 g • Sugar: 6 g
Sodium: 356 mg (without salt) • Cholest: 34.6 mg

NO Cheese:
Servings: 2 • Size: 1 3/4 cups • Old Points: 4 • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 212 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 37 g • Fiber: 8 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 89 mg (without salt) • Cholest: 1 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 small spaghetti squash (you’ll need 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced shallots 
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini
  • 2 cups homemade marinara sauce[2]
  • 1/2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano (optional)
  • 3 oz fresh mozzarella (optional)

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, stab the squash with a knife all around and place on a microwave safe dish.
Microwave 7-9 minutes or the skin gives when cut with a knife.

Once cooked, use a fork to scrape the strands out into a bowl.




In a medium saute pan heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the shallots, garlic, red onion, celery and carrots and cook 5 minutes, stirring. Add the broccoli and zucchini and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the marinara sauce, increase heat to medium and simmer until the
vegetables are tender crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add 2 cups of the
spaghetti squash, Pecorino Romano and stir, adjust the salt and pepper
to taste and cook 1 minute.

Divide the vegetables in two small casserole dishes, or you can use the shells of the spaghetti squash to make boats, then place under the broiler or in a hot oven until the cheese melts.

References

  1. ^ The Pit Stop (www.pitstopeats.com)
  2. ^ marinara sauce (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)