Baked Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage and Mozzarella

October 18, 2011 8:19:53 AM PDT
A recipe for National Food Day
Serves 4-6

1 large spaghetti squash

1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed

28 ounce can of tomatoes

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 green pepper, trimmed, seeded and chopped

1/4 cup red wine

1 teaspoon oregano

pinch of red pepper

1/4 pound mozzarella, grated

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Poke the squash all over with a fork and put it on a dinner plate in the microwave. Cook on high for nine minutes. Turn over and cook for an additional 9 minutes. Remove and cool for at least 5 minutes.

While the squash is cooking, heat a saute pan over a medium-high flame. Add the sausage, cooking and breaking it up with a wooden spoon until it is no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Pour in the tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon. Stir in the peppers, red wine, oregano, red pepper and salt to taste. Simmer for about 10 minutes until slightly thickened.

Butter a casserole dish. Slice the squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and then scrape out the strands into the dish. Mix in the sauce and the grated mozzarella, stir to combine. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

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