A plate of spaghetti squash with kale and spicy Italian sausage made on Jul. 12, 2015. Spaghetti squash is a healthy alternative to eating spaghetti. (Lisa Kocay/B&W Photo)

Food Corner: Spaghetti squash with sausage and kale

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Spaghetti squash with kale and spicy Italian sausage, inspired from a recipe by Girlichef

Spaghetti squash is a tasty and healthy alternative to traditional pasta. This recipe features a spice kick from the sausage and a nice crunch from the kale.

Ingredients:

  • 1 med-large Spaghetti Squash
  • 12 oz. hot Italian sausage (pork, chicken, or turkey)
  • 1 fat clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large bunch kale
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut off the tip and tail of the squash. Cut it in half lengthwise and scoop the seeds out. Pour olive oil and minced garlic in the holes on each half until they’re a little more than halfway full. Roast for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until tender.
  3. While the squash is cooking, set a skillet with olive oil over medium to medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from the casing and break it up into smaller pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the stems from the kale, and add it to the skillet with the sausage when the sausage is almost done cooking. Sauté it with the sausage until they are both finished cooking. The kale should be wilted and the sausage will be browned. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. When the squash is finished cooking and still warm, use a fork to scrape the squash into strands. Place in a serving bowl.
  6. Add the sausage and kale over the squash. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve warm.

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