Smoked Sausage with Spaghetti Squash

Microwaving the spaghetti squash ensures hands-off steaming while you cook the rest of tonight's dinner in a single skillet. If your microwave-safe dish can only hold one squash half at a time, steam it in two batches.

looking down at a platter of smoked sausage with spaghetti squash
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 1/2 lb.), halved and seeded

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 (14 ounce) package smoked sausage, bias-sliced into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 orange bell pepper, coarsely chopped

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar vodka sauce or creamy rosa pasta sauce

  • 8 ounces frozen broccoli florets (about 3 1/2 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon shaved Parmesan cheese, or to taste (Optional)

  • 4 leaves fresh basil for garnish (Optional)


  1. Put squash halves, cut sides down, in a microwave-safe dish. Add water and cover. Microwave on High until tender, about 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Cook onion and bell pepper in the same skillet until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Stir vodka sauce and broccoli into skillet. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until broccoli is crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Return sausage to skillet; stir to combine.

  4. Carefully remove squash halves from dish. Using a fork, scrape squash strands into a serving dish. Top with sausage mixture. Garnish with Parmesan and basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

650 Calories
41g Fat
44g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 650
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 2223mg 97%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 28g
Potassium 1275mg 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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