Sausage and tomato on a cloud of spaghetti squash

Bailey's sausage and tomato on a cloud of spaghetti squash.  Bailey says: This is one of my husband's go to meals, and I love it.

Bailey's sausage and tomato on a cloud of spaghetti squash.  Bailey says: This is one of my husband's go to meals, and I love it.

Robin here: this is the third of five simple and tasty recipes Bailey has sent in as a part of her dairy-free meal plan! We are getting a Bailey post every workday this week, culminating in a complete grocery list for us to use to replicate Bailey's menu plus her thoughts on the success of her dairy-free experiment.  I love spaghetti squash and wish I'd eaten it my whole life, so this recipe is right up my alley - spaghetti squash is truly great as "leftovers", too - unlike other roast veggies, this squash doesn't tend to go soggy at all and is great microwaved! Also, the last time I was at Bailey's we may have made our own sausages (!) so this meal is going to be super spectacular.  I'm excited to detail our sausage making prowess here next week!

Bailey's meal plan involves making two servings per person of dinner during the week, so that you have leftovers for an easy and devastatingly awesome lunch the next day; if you have additional folks on board for dinners and/or lunches you'll want to adjust ingredient quantities accordingly.

Bailey's dinner: sausage and tomato on a cloud of spaghetti squash

Makes four servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 8 sausages
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Options: spinach, mushroom, onion, fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Take one half, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for about 5 minutes (both halves won't fit in the microwave at the same time, and we usually do one for dinner and save the other half to cook for leftovers the next day). The squash is done when strands flake away easily with a fork.
  2. Cook the sausages until they are done in a pan on the stove.
  3. Meanwhile, start a second pan with oil and add the halved cherry tomatoes. Cook down for a bit, add salt, pepper and a pinch of thyme. You could also add onion (before the tomatoes) and mushroom and spinach (after the tomatoes) or whatever other veggies you have. 
  4. Flake the spaghetti squash into portions on plates. Top with the cooked tomato mixture, fresh basil if you have it, and then the sausages. You can also chop the cooked sausage and toss with the tomato mixture before serving. Either way, delicious.