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Friday, February 22, 2013

Squash with Sausage: Foodie Friday: Spaghetti

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Spaghetti Squash with Sausage
Spaghetti Squash with Sausage 

Squash that turns into spaghetti? Talk about built in fun with kids. Have your little ones scrap out the inside of this squash and watch as they are amazed by the strings of pasta they find.


spaghetti squash
making spaghetti

Of course it is not really pasta... it is a low calorie, gluten- free, high nutrition, vegetable that you use like pasta.

So try your favorite pasta recipes with Spaghetti Squash... here is one to start with:


Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation including baking time for squash: 40 minutes   serves: 4-6

Ingredient:

1 spaghetti squash
2 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 pound of Italian Sausage or Veggie Sausage chopped (I like Morningstar Farms)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage or 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
pinch of red pepper flakes
pinch of nutmeg
grated parmesan cheese for garnish

Directions:

1) Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2) Cut squash in half and scrap out seeds and stringiness. Salt and roast flesh side up on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes or until the flesh gets slightly brown and you can easily puncture it with a fork.

3) While the squash is cooling, sauté the onion and sausage in the olive oil on medium high heat in a large skillet.

4) When the squash can be touched use a fork to scrap loose it's stringy flesh.

5) Add squash, along with red pepper flakes, nutmeg, and parsley to the sausage and onions in the skillet. Mix and add more olive oil if the squash needs more sauce. 

6) Garnish individual servings with parmesan cheese. 






Foodie Friday Features:


From: This Gal Cooks

 Quinoa Patties
Mexican Style Quinoa Patties

Fritters, patties must have been in the mass consciousness last week because Julie made these outrageously healthy quinoa patties, so yummy made with black beans, cheese and spices.



From: Skinny Kitchen

Fish & Chips
Skinny Fish & Chips

Nancy has so many tricks to make this English Pub favorite lower in fat and calories...yet still delicious.


From: Something Sweet

Hamantashan
Hamantashan

Winnie makes the greatest desserts and this traditional Jewish cookie brings back fond memories of when I taught at a Yeshiva... during Purim the kids would dress up and we would eat Hamantashan.



From: 21st Century Housewife

tea cup with pudding
Turkish Delight

Not only is this dessert delicious the story around April's teacup collection is delicious too...



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43 comments:

  1. Thank you for the party, Diane! My family would love your dish. My kiddos would be fascinated by the "spaghetti" in the squash :) I've pinned this.

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  2. Hi Diane!
    Thanks so much for hosting and featuring my Quinoa Patties! This spaghetti squash looks amazing! I've pinned it and will be sharing it on my Facebook page. Have a great weekend! :)

    Julie

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing my recipe Julie.. I always love yours too.

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  3. Thanks for hosting Diane. I love spaghetti squash too. Your recipes looks so yummy

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  4. ♥ Thank you Diane for featuring my Hamantachen ♥
    I'm so glad you like them.
    We are celebrating Purim now, and it's a great holiday :)
    Have a great weekend and thanks for another party

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    1. I remember the kids turning my classroom upside down during Purim, even the Principal would send out letters with upside down letter head... so much fun. Or wait is that the time just before Purim... the month of Adar. Purim is when we made baskets of food and I learned were the tradition of Easter Baskets comes from.

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  5. Hi Diane! Happy to join in this week! Thanks for hosting!

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  6. I just love your Spaghetti Squash, the sauce looks awesome. Hope you are staying warm and have a good weekend, thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. It actually did warm up, but I still want the hot chocolate from your party... sounded soooo good.

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  7. Thanks for hosting! I need to give spaghetti squash another go, I've only made it once, and I don't think I added anything to the noodles, just dumped red sauce on top! Fresh herbs would definitely make a difference!

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    1. Butter or an olive oil sauce with fresh herbs is definitely the way to go with this squash. I't flavor is too light for red sauce. I hope you enjoy it more the second time.

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  8. Thank you so much for the feature, Diane! I love your spaghetti squash recipe, and the other features look delicious too. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. I just got some rose syrup for a cake I will be making. Would you know if I can substitute it for rosewater? I want to make your custard too.

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  9. Happy Friday Diane...thanks for hosting and will be looking forward to some new creations from your new cookbooks! Deb

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    1. I am so excited... I tend to stick to Mediterranean dishes on the blog so the Portuguese cookbook will definitely be an inspiration. Thank you, thank you again. You really made my week.

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  10. My mom often made us "Spaghetti" using a spaghetti squash. It was about the first squash dish I ever truly enjoyed, and helped me find more ways to eat it that I enjoy.

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    1. Wow, your mom was hip... I never heard of spaghetti squash until I became a vegetarian.

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  11. Diane, thanks so much for featuring my recipe, Skinny Fish & Chips...I'm so excited!!!
    I love your Foodie Friday link party. Thank you so much for hosting each week!

    Wishing you all the best,
    Nancy

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    1. You are very welcome Nancy... it is a really creative recipe.

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  12. Thanks so much for hosting! This week I've shared two posts from my new series on being a winter locavore, the first is on finding local foods in winter, and the second is a recipe for quick dill pickles using winter watermelon radish from the farmers market :)

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your series... I have been try to cook more in season foods like this squash.

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  13. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

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  14. I really need to start using more spaghetti squash!!! This looks delicious! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend Diane!

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    1. It is kinda fun... I would love to see what you come up with using it.

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  15. Thanks for hosting and sharing this great recipe!! I love spaghetti squash:) Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  16. Thanks for hosting and the invitation Diane! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  17. Hi Diane! Thank you for hosting! What awesome features this week. De-LISH!

    I shared Toasted Coconut Chai Macaroons with a quick how-to video on how easy it is to make them. They're super healthy and tasty and perfect for snacking when you don’t want to feel guilty about snacking! :) Happy weekend!

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    1. Your macaroons sound really interesting... can't wait to really check out the recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Thanks Diane for visiting our blog and inviting us to the party. I've liked up a couple of things we've been working on this week. We'd love for you to come back and link up something at our "Weekend Potluck" party. Have a terrific weekend!
    ~Kim
    http://sunflowersupperclub.blogspot.com/2013/02/weekend-potluck-55.html

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    1. Thanks so much for the invitation.

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  19. I tried spaghetti squash once and failed miserably. I will have to follow your recipe--it looks so good! Thank you for the party.

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    1. I made it once before and it didn't come out as well... the oil from the sausage really adds a nice flavor to it.

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  20. I enjoy spaghetti squash - such a healthy alternative to pasta. I have never tried it with sausage before. It looks delicious!

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    1. The oil from the sausage really adds a nice flavor to the squash... you'll enjoy it.

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  21. This looks wonderful. I like spaghettie squash but never used it as a main entree. Thank you so much for sharing this. Great weeknight meal.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http://simpleesue.com/frivolous-friday-soup-kitchen-recipes-best-ever-vegetable-soup

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  22. yummy!!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays @ Nap-Time Creations. So glad you stopped by! Emily

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  23. I've always wanted to try spaghetti squash. Yours looks delicious. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

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  24. Awesome Squash! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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