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Linguicia Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats

Linguica Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Linguicia Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats

Ok y’all this is of my favorite recipes to cook and eat! There is so much yummy goodness in this recipe and what makes it even better is IT’S HEALTHY but does not lack flavor! My family gets excited when I make it as it is a favorite in our home for sure! This recipe is made with one of my favorite sausages, Linguicia. Linguica is a Portuguese sausage that can be found at your local grocery store. If you cannot find it you can replace it with any smoked sausage or kielbasa, but I would for sure not skip out on the linguicia if it is available to you.

Just FYI – when shredding the spaghetti squash after it’s cooked, you will have A TON of spaghetti squash. When the inside of the spaghetti squash is loose you can pull that out of the squash, place it on a plate like regular noodles then place the meat and vegetable stuffing right on top of the spaghetti squash noodles as you would regular spaghetti. For example, when I am serving this recipe to my family. I take out some of the spaghetti squash noodles from both cooked halves, place them on separate plates for my children with the stuffing mix on top, just as you would regular spaghetti with meat and sauce. I then will stuff both spaghetti squash boats for my husband and I to eat out of. So, even though with this recipe you will only have two boats, you will actually have enough servings for 4 people when pulling out spaghetti squash noodles.

Servings: 4     Prep Time: 15 minutes     Cook time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-large spaghetti squash cut in halves length wise
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic minced
  • 24 oz. of red pasta sauce (I use Rao’s Homemade because it is low carb and healthy)
  • 11 oz. of linguicia chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium while onion chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil chopped (save 1/4 cup to the side for topping)
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese shreeded (If you do not have shredded parmesan cheese will do)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Prepare a flat baking sheet by covering the baking sheet with aluminum foil then place to the side
  3. Cut spaghetti squash in half length wise and scoop out all seeds from the center of the squash with a spoon. Toss seeds in the trash
  4. Drizzle olive oil and season with salt a pepper to the insides of the spaghetti squash then place on the prepared baking sheet with the skin side of the squash facing up. The inside of the squash should be facing down. Facing the inside down will create a steam dome for the insides of the squash making the insides super soft. We need the inside to of the squash to be soft
  5. Place spaghetti squash in the oven for 35 minutes. The larger the squash, the more time it would need in the oven. If you have a medium sized squash 35 minutes should be enough time to cook the squash
  6. While the squash is baking, begin to cook the stuffing by adding 2 tbsp. olive oil to a medium high heated pan.
  7. To the pan add garlic, linguicia, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms. Stirring occasionally cook until onions become translucent to where they bein to turn clear. Salt and pepper to taste and mix
  8. When onions become translucent, add pasta sauce and 1/2 cup basil. Salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Turn heat down to a low heat and let food simmer. Stir occasionally until squash is finished baking
  9. When squash is done baking in the oven, turn squash over then shred the inside of the squash with a fork. The inside of the squash should easily fall apart when using a fork to shred. It will look like spaghetti noodles
  10. Now that spaghetti squash is loose, take some of the insides of the spaghetti squash out of the boat and place on a plate then add stuffing on top of the noodles on the plate. Now add stuffing in the boat on top of the remaining noodles in the squash. Top all stuffing with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and basil.  You should be able to get a total of 4 servings of spaghetti squash just from a medium sized spaghetti squash.

Although this is one of my longer recipes it is always so worth it. My family always ask for more. Let me know how you and your family like this Linguica Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats by commenting below. Enjoy!


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