Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Load butternut squash shells with an Italian turkey sausage and squash mixture for a quick and easy, filling meal. Even better, it’s surprisingly low in calories.

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 30

Yield: 4 servings

Main 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:

  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 flesh from squash and stir it 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 2 portions.