Sausage-Stuffed Butternut Squash Recipe

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Sausage-Stuffed Butternut Squash Recipe
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Sausage-Stuffed Butternut Squash Recipe

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Load butternut squash shells with an Italian turkey sausage and squash mixture for a quick and easy meal. Even better, it's surprisingly low in calories. —Katia Slinger, Columbus, Georgia
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
4 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Preheat broiler. Cut squash lengthwise in half; discard seeds. Place squash in a large microwave-safe dish, cut side down; add 1/2 in. of water. Microwave, covered, on high until soft, 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook and crumble sausage with onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.
Leaving 1/2-in.-thick shells, scoop pulp from squash and stir into sausage mixture. Place squash shells on a baking sheet; fill with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with pepper flakes. To serve, cut each half into two portions. Yield: 4 servings.
Health Tip: Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. It’s important for normal vision and a healthy immune system, and it helps the heart, lungs and kidneys function properly.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Sausage-Stuffed Butternut Squash in Simple & Delicious February/March 2017

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 325 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 587mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 12g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat.

  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  1. Preheat broiler. Cut squash lengthwise in half; discard seeds. Place squash in a large microwave-safe dish, cut side down; add 1/2 in. of water. Microwave, covered, on high until soft, 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook and crumble sausage with onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.
  3. Leaving 1/2-in.-thick shells, scoop pulp from squash and stir into sausage mixture. Place squash shells on a baking sheet; fill with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with pepper flakes. To serve, cut each half into two portions. Yield: 4 servings.
Health Tip: Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. It’s important for normal vision and a healthy immune system, and it helps the heart, lungs and kidneys function properly.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Sausage-Stuffed Butternut Squash in Simple & Delicious February/March 2017

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homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 274884
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2017

"Very good and easy meal. Bulk sausage works just as well and cheddar or colby jack cheese. Company liked it."

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jessicadidion User ID: 5048007 264013
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2017

"Very good! I had to cook the squash a bit longer than the suggested time in order to get it cooked thoroughly - though I am sure that varies based on the size of the squash. I think this would also be great with acorn squash."

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