Spaghetti Squash with Jen

You would be hard-pressed to find a vegetable as versatile and beneficial as the spaghetti squash. It is a newer discovery of mine but I am already learning all there is to enjoy with spaghetti squash. Not only is it abundant in the fall and winter months when some produce can be sparse, it is also a great high-fiber, low-carb alternative to enjoying some of your favorite toppings. However, arguably the best part of the spaghetti squash is it’s cheap price. For under $5, a spaghetti squash can provide up to four servings total for me and my roommate. There really is no better deal for budget or nutrition.

A couple different ways I’ve learned to enjoy spaghetti squash is stuffed with broccoli and cheddar or just sprinkled with brown sugar for a quick dinner when you’re low on groceries. However, I’ve found it is most enjoyable and most filling when topped with some sort of protein. No matter how you prefer to fill your squash, the cooking instructions are more or less the same so I will share my favorite recipe but feel free to take advantage of this versatile veggie.

Spaghetti Squash with Chicken Sausage:

Ingredients:

1 Spaghetti Squash

1 pack Chicken Sausages (or protein alternative if dietary restriction)

Pesto or Marinara sauce

Parmesan Cheese (or vegan cheese alternative)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and place face down on a baking sheet.
  3. Poke holes in the outside of squash and put in oven for 35 minutes.
  4. Cook sausages. For ease, I use the air fryer but barbecued sausages are very delicious. They can also be cooked in an oven prior to squash.
  5. Cut sausages into bite size pieces. I generally prepare 1–1.5 sausages per person.
  6. When squash is done cooking, flip upside right and shred the squash into spaghetti form. If cooking for two, keep the spaghetti inside the squash half. If cooking for more than two, shred and put spaghetti squash into an oven-safe dish.
  7. Add in sausage, sauce, and top with cheese.
  8. Put back in the oven on broil until cheese is melted.
  9. Enjoy straight from the squash or plate and add additional cheese as wanted.

Comment below your favorite ways to enjoy spaghetti squash and tag me if you try it!

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Jenny Purdue is a senior pre-med student with a busy school, work, and personal life. She is here to share healthy recipes that students or anyone can follow.

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Jenny Purdue is a senior pre-med student with a busy school, work, and personal life. She is here to share healthy recipes that students or anyone can follow.

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