Sausage and Kale Spaghetti Boats


  • 1/2 pound spicy Italian chicken sausage (optional to take out of casing)
  • 1 bunch kale center rib removed and torn into pieces (about 6 cups prepared)
  • 6 ounces whole milk mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil and the garlic in a small dish so that the garlic starts to infuse the oil. Set aside.
  • Cut both ends off of spaghetti squash and then cut in half.  Scoop out the seeds. Microwave for 1220 minutes or until the flesh can easily shred into “noodles” with a fork. When cooled, shred all the flesh into noodles and scoop them out of the shells. Set “noodles” and shells aside.
  • In a large sauté pan, brown the sausage over medium-high heat for 34 minutes, until starting to brown but is not cooked all the way through.
  • Add the sliced onion and cook together with the sausage for about 8 minutes, until the onion is softened.
  • Add the kale, garlic, and olive oil mixture and a pinch of kosher salt to taste.
  • Sauté for 34 minutes or until the kale is wilted.
  • Remove half of the kale/sausage mixture from the pan and set aside.
  • To the remaining sausage kale mixture in the pan, add the spaghetti squash “noodles” and mix to combine.
  • Place the two empty spaghetti squash shells in a baking dish large enough to hold them.
  • Fill each shell with the spaghetti squash/kale/sausage mixture.
  • Top each boat with about 2 ounces of mozzarella cheese.
  • On top of the cheese, evenly divide the remaining kale/sausage mixture between the two boats.
  • Top each boat with a little more cheese (about 1 ounce each).
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Finish under the broiler, if desired, for about 1 minute, or until the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.
  • Each boat is two servings.
Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 31g | Sat Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 695mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g


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