Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats starts with roasted spaghetti squash filled with chicken sausage, tomato sauce, ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.
Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats
What do you put on your spaghetti squash? I top mine with almost anything I love on pasta like I did with these Lasagna Boats. To add protein I used leaner chicken sausage, ricotta and mozzarella and they came out delicious. They’re perfect if you’re craving something decadent and delicious within your calorie range! More spaghetti squash recipes you might enjoy are Spaghetti Squash with Meat Ragu and Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese.
Spaghetti squash is a healthy, low-carb and low-calorie alternative to pasta that’s high in fiber and vitamins B6 and C. These spaghetti squash boats are under 300 calories, very filling, and also gluten-free.
How to Cut Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash can be tricky to cut since it’s so hard. I learned a trick to make it easier years ago. Just pierce the squash all over with a fork and then microwave it for a couple of minutes before cutting.
HOW DO YOU PREVENT SPAGHETTI SQUASH FROM GETTING TOO WATERY?
There are two ways that you can prevent your spaghetti squash from getting too watery when cooked:
- Your cooking method will affect the consistency. Roasting spaghetti squash in the oven will give you the best results compared to using the microwave or slow cooker, which will give it a lot more liquid.
- Place cooked squash in a colander over paper towels to help remove the excess moisture.
How to Make Ahead
You can prep these spaghetti squash lasagna boats up to a day in advance and then put them in the oven 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat.
If your spaghetti squashes are very large, you can place the mixture in a 9” × 9” baking dish instead of the shells.
- Sub the Italian chicken sausage for turkey or use lean ground turkey or beef seasoned with salt and Italian herbs.
- If you’re not a fan of ricotta cheese, swap it with cottage cheese.
- Switch out the basil for parley.
- To save time, you can use jarred sauce and skip the 20-to-30-minute simmering step with the crushed tomatoes.
- To make vegetarian spaghetti squash lasagna boats, omit the sausage and add extra veggies, like mushrooms, spinach, or bell peppers.
How To Make (Video)
MORE SPAGHETTI SQUASH RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE:
- Turkey Taco Spaghetti Squash Boats
- Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Boats
- Spaghetti Squash with Meat Ragu
- Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese
- Spaghetti Squash with Bacon and Parmesan
Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats
- 3 small to medium spaghetti squash, about 5 cups cooked
- salt and fresh pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley, or basil
- 3/4 cup whole milk shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and membrane. Season lightly with salt and black pepper; bake about 1 hour, or longer if needed on a baking sheet, cut side down.
- If you prefer the microwave, cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and fibers and place on a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes or until soft. This method is faster but it will be more watery.
- While the spaghetti squash cooks, in a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese, 2 tbsp parmesan cheese and parsley.
- In a large deep sauté pan, heat oil and add onions and garlic; sauté on medium-low for about 3 to 4 minutes, until soft.
- Add the sausage and cook, breaking up into smaller pieces until browned and cooked through.
- When cooked, add the crushed tomatoes and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Add the bay leaf and cover, reducing heat to low. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, then add in fresh basil at the very end.
- When spaghetti squash is cooked, let it cool for about 10 minutes keeping the oven on. If you microwaved this, preheat the oven to 400°F.
- When the spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to remove flesh, which will come out in spaghetti looking strands reserving the shells.
- Drain the squash on a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid, then toss with half of the sauce. Place the spaghetti squash back into the 6 shells and place on a baking sheet.
- Top each with remaining sauce, 1 tbsp ricotta cheese mixture, and 2 tbsp mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes or until everything is hot and the cheese is melted.
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