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Spaghetti Squash Lasagne Boats

The perfect delicious dish to bring winter warmth into your recipe collection, whilst offering a light and guilt-free option, the spaghetti squash lasagne boats by family friendly foodie blog skinnytaste.com is set to become a fresh tea time favourite.

Beautifully presented using spaghetti squash serving boats the dish is topped with dashes of ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese for extra taste. The lasagne sauce is then created using finely chopped onions, garlic, crushed tomatoes, fresh peppers and Italian sausage for authentic appeal. Healthy and simple to make, this gourmet recipe offers an all-Italian flavoursome finish.

Ingredients:

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

Sauce Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil

1/2 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

14 oz Italian chicken sausage

14 oz (1/2 can) crushed tomatoes

salt and fresh pepper, to taste

2 tbsp chopped basil

Directions:

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 fibres and place on a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes or until soft.

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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