So I turned to tastespotting and browsed through lots of familiar-looking but overly rich lasagna options, knowing that I wanted to find something a bit lighter. When I came across one that substituted roasted spaghetti squash for the pasta noodles, I knew I'd found our next meal. Not a vegetarian option since it includes Italian sausage in the sauce, but more veggie-rich, lighter on the cheese, less carby and definitely healthier overall. Most importantly, it hit the spot for Corbin and brought back memories of the good old days when Mom regularly made kids' faves and wasn't on some crazy midlife culinary adventure.
1 large spaghetti squash
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
4 cups homemade or store-bought marinara sauce
6 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 oz parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking tray with cooking spray and set aside.
Cut the ends off the spaghetti squash and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds, brush surface with olive oil, add salt and pepper, and lay cut side down on baking tray. Cook for 35 minutes or until cooked through but not mushy.
Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Once the sausage is cooked through, add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the spinach and saute for a minute or two, until it has wilted. Remove from the heat.
Use a fork to scoop out the spaghetti-like strands from the squash. Line the bottom of the prepared baking dish with a layer of squash, using about half the squash. Top with half of the tomato sauce. Spread the sausage-spinach mixture over the tomato sauce and top with half the mozzarella and parmesan. Continue to add layers, ending with the cheeses on top.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes and then broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until the top is golden and the cheese is bubbly. Allow to rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Rest of the week
June 17 Pizza night
June 18 Spaghetti squash-agna and tossed salad