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Roasted Delicata squash stuffed with Italian sausage, marinara and cheese. Do I have your attention?? This low carb recipe is so easy to make and will be a hit with the whole family. Delicata Squash Boats are a great low carb option to replace pasta or bread for a ketogenic meal.
Delicata Squash is one of the more colorful gourds with vibrant stripes of gold and green. As its name suggests, it has a delicate edible rind. It is also known as peanut squash, Bohemian squash, or sweet potato squash.This winter squash’s skin is not only edible but down right tasty. Other squash like acorn and kabocha are technically edible but very fibrous and not very delicious. If you can’t find Delicata squash you can also prepare this recipe with spaghetti squash which is easier to find. I found that Trader Joe’s has a fantastic selection of squash to choose from. Though All winter squash have carbs delicata Squash has Less carbs than Butternut and Acorn squash varieties.
I wanted to create an easy recipe that anyone could prepare with little effort. Using an Air Fryer Oven let’s you roast the squash in just 15 minutes while you’re cooking the sausage. Then you just prepare the meat sauce and stuff the delicata squash boats and melt the cheese on top. You can also prepare these ahead of time then just reheat in the Air Fryer. Dinner is served in minutes. Either way it’s a simple meal that tastes like it took hours to make.
If pork isn’t your thing, no worries. You can substitute just about any ground meat you prefer. This recipe works great with beef, chicken, turkey or game meats like venison, elk or bison. I’ve even made a sautéed mushrooms version and substituted non dairy ricotta and mozzarella for a few vegan friends. I scolded them the entire time but they knew it was coming.
If you substitute spaghetti squash you’ll need to roast the squash longer. I recommend roasting at 325 degrees F. For 30 minutes. Use a fork to flake the squash separating the strands. Then top with meat sauce and cheese just as you would with the delicata squash and top with cheese. Most likely you’ll only be able to fit one spaghetti squash in the air fryer so if you need to prepare more than one you will need to use a traditional oven.
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