Fennel Sausage, Peppers & Onions in Spaghetti Squash Boats

 

Fennel Sausage, Peppers & Onions in Spaghetti Squash Boats

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy

Today was the day to use up the spaghetti squash that was sitting on the counter for 2 weeks. We were remembering the zucchini or eggplant boats we used to make many moons ago & decided this was perfect for the spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is always a big hit with Jack & Gary. We had all the ingredients on hand so it was a no brainer. It's really delicious and satisfying.

Ingredients

  • 2 small spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeds scooped out
  • 1 lb chopped bulk pork
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 extra-large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fennel seeds
  • EVVO to drizzle over squash
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder for squash
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and sliced into 1/4-1/2 inches pieces (we had 1 orange & 1 yellow on hand)
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pecorino Romano or Parmesan Cheese for garnish

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  • Drizzle some EVOO over each half of squash then rub entire squash interior surface.
  • Sprinkle each half with salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder.
  • Place each squash half face down on sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes depending, on squash size. Don’t over bake… squash skin should be tender but firm to touch.
  • While the squash is baking, brown the sausage meat & fennel. Once browned, add the salt & pepper, onions, minced garlic, and sliced peppers. Sauté until soft and golden. Keep warm.
  • When squash is done, remove from oven and let cool.
  • Once the squash is cooled take 2 forks to shred the squash, being careful not to cut through the skin. Spoon sausage mixture on top of each half.
  • Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and return to oven until cheese melts.
  • Top with grated cheese and serve hot.


Note: We served this dish with sautéd Kale and garlic along with an arugula & baby spinach salad with a homemade lemon/balsamic vinaigrette.

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