Rustic Italian Spaghetti Squash

By Thursday, May 21, 2015

I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot with recipes lately.

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It seems like everything I’m making is just the best recipe ever. A lot of the recipes have been referred to me by friends, which certainly helps. I love love love when readers send me their favourite recipes. I cannot wait to try them and I keep a list on my phone of all the recipes I want to make, particularly if a friend has told me to try it, and especially if it’s a friend’s family recipe that’s been passed down for generations. Those are the best.

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That’s why my mother’s bridal shower gift to me (well, one of them – there were three!) was so incredibly special. She bought beautiful coloured recipe cards and hand-wrote all our family’s traditional, tried and true recipes out so I could start my own collection. I loved it. The best part was that on the pack of each recipe card, she wrote a story about the recipe – where it came from, how it became a family favourite, and a special memory or two. I will cherish these cards, especially since my mother’s favourite thing she inherited from her late mother is her recipe cards in her handwriting. Sometimes I feel like there’s nothing more intimate or familiar than the handwriting of a loved one.

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In related news, I need a recipe box to house all these cards. Any suggestions? I’ve had my eye on this one for some time.

Today’s recipe was sent to me by a church friend. She saw my obsession with spaghetti squash (update: I am still obsessed) and sent along her family’s favourite recipe. I made it a little while ago and completely fell in love. So easy, so customizable and so delicious. An instant classic in our house!

My favourite part about this recipe is that you can add whatever veggie you want. I really like zucchini in it, but it’s totally up to you! The sausage is they key ingredient.

Thanks, Debbie, for sending me such an awesome recipe!

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Rustic Italian Spaghetti Squash

Yield: 2-3 servings


  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 2 tsps minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ zucchini, chopped
  • 2 hot Italian sausages
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Parmesan, for garnish


  1. Cook the spaghetti squash the way you normally do (I half it, de-seed and microwave on high for 8 minutes). Let cool slightly before scooping out all the stringy flesh with a fork. While the squash is cooking, remove the sausage meat from its casings and fry it up. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Fry the onion and garlic in the sausage drippings, and add basil, oregano and pepper. When onions are soft, add zucchini and bell peppers. When the veggies are cooked to your liking, add the tomato sauce and sausage. Let it bubble away until slightly reduced. Add the spaghetti squash flesh and toss to coat. Sprinkle generously with parmesan and serve!

  • Andrea Henry
    November 12, 2015

    My husband and I both loved this recipe so much! I went on about it so much at work that everyone was asking for the recipe! Delish! Thank you!

    • Julia Kent
      November 12, 2015

      Yay! Thanks for the feedback Andrea – love hearing it! This recipe totally is amazing and fool-proof – I switch up the veggies every time!

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