Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole

Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole is a delicious casserole packed with fresh ingredients perfect to feed a crowd.  Weight Watchers friendly recipe- 4 SmartPoints!

 

Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole is a delicious blend of roasted squash, turkey sausage, baby spinach, garbanzo beans, and alfredo sauce! Weight Watchers friendly recipe.

 

I am always looking for food hacks.  When I say food hacks, I basically mean healthy food swaps for unhealthy food.  I love pasta, but try not to over indulge in making pasta too often at home.  I’ve been obsessed with using vegetables in place of pasta.  When cooked just right, spaghetti squash is just like pasta!  My Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole is a delicious casserole packed with fresh ingredients perfect to feed a crowd.  Roasted spaghetti squash, turkey sausage, mushrooms, spinach, and beans mixed in a delicious cheese sauce.  This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and each serving is 4 SmartPoints.

 

Turkey sausage has become a regular in my house lately.  It’s healthy, packed with flavor, and super versatile.  I honestly didn’t even realize how many different varieties of turkey sausage were out there until I really looked at the select at the grocery store.  One of my favorite varieties of turkey sausage is Jennie-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage.  It’s already cooked and packed with delicious smoky flavor.

 

Jennie-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage

   

 

A while back, I made a chicken sausage and pasta skillet dish, Skillet Chicken Sausage Alfredo Pasta.  I was craving these flavors but didn’t want to make a pasta dish.  Lately I’ve been cooking a lot with spaghetti squash.  I really like to use this veggie in place of pasta.  When cooked just right, it has the same texture as regular spaghetti noodles.

 

Roasted Spaghetti Squash-Delicious spaghetti squash is the perfect healthy alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles. Weight Watchers friendly recipe. www.bitesofflavor.com

 

Some of my favorite dishes to make are casseroles.  I’ve never met a casserole I didn’t like.  Casseroles are perfect for dinner; you can mix a bunch of random ingredients together, bake it, and have dinner for days!  I knew I wanted the flavors of “alfredo” so I created this casserole.  Delicious smoked turkey sausage, spaghetti squash noodles, mushrooms, baby spinach, and garbanzo beans mixed in a creamy cheese sauce.  What’s not to love?!

 

To start, make the squash according to my Roasted Spaghetti Squash recipe instructions.  If you like to meal prep like I do, make the squash on Sunday so that you have it all cooked when you are ready to make this casserole during the week.

 

Roasted Spaghetti Squash-Delicious spaghetti squash is the perfect healthy alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles. Weight Watchers friendly recipe. www.bitesofflavor.com

 

This casserole has tons of delicious vegetables!  I’m all about the prep when it comes to cooking so I like to prep all my ingredients first before I start to cook.  To prep, dice mushrooms, garlic, and shallot and set aside.  Next, drain canned garbanzo beans and set aside.

 

Prep station for Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole

 

Slice turkey sausage in half, then cut into pieces and set aside.

 

Sliced Turkey Sausage for Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole

 

Once everything is prepped, heat large skillet over medium low heat and add butter.  Next, add diced mushrooms and shallot.  Sauté for 7 minutes until mushrooms are tender.  Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.  Next, make the based for the cheese sauce!  Sprinkle flour on top of the veggies, mix well and let cook 1 minute.  Slowly add half & half and vegetable broth and stir continuously.  Once flour has mixed with no clumps, let cook until sauce and thickened, about 5 minutes.  Add seasoning and mix well.

 

Alfredo Sauce for Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole

 

Add baby spinach, turkey sausage, and garbanzo beans, then let cook until spinach has wilted.

 

Baby spinach, garbanzo beans, and sausage mixed in the skillet for Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole

 

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and add spaghetti squash to the skillet; mix until well combined.

 

Shredded roasted spaghetti squash mixed with other ingredients for Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole

 

Spray casserole dish with cooking spray and spread squash mixture into the dish, spread evenly.  In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle on the top of the casserole.  Lastly, bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees then broil on high for 3 minutes.

 

Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole is great for dinner and even better for leftovers! Roasted spaghetti squash, turkey sausage, mushrooms, spinach, beans, mixed with a delicious cheese sauce. Weight Watchers friendly recipe.

 

Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole is a delicious casserole packed with fresh ingredients perfect to feed a crowd.  Roasted spaghetti squash, turkey sausage, mushrooms, spinach, and beans mixed in a delicious cheese sauce.  Great for dinner and even better for leftovers!  Only 125 calories and 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving!

 

This Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole is a delicious dinner! Weight Watchers friendly recipe and great to feed a crowd.

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

Serves 8

Turkey Sausage Squash Casserole

4 SMARTPOINTS per serving

1 hr, 20 Prep Time

40 minCook Time

2 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Roasted Spaghetti Squash
  • 14 Ounces Turkey Sausage (I used Jennie-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage)
  • 8 Ounces Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Tablespoon Light Butter
  • 2 Tablespoon White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Fat Free Half and Half
  • ½ Cup Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 5 Ounces Baby Spinach
  • 1 ½ Cup Canned Garbanzo Beans
  • ¼ Cup Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Basil, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roast Roasted Spaghetti Squash according to recipe instructions.
  3. Dice mushrooms and set aside.
  4. Mince shallot and set aside.
  5. Mince garlic and set aside.
  6. Slice turkey sausage in half, then cut into pieces and set aside.
  7. Heat large skillet over medium low heat and add butter.
  8. Once butter is melted, add diced mushrooms and shallot. Sauté for 7 minutes until mushrooms are tender.
  9. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.
  10. Sprinkle flour on top and mix well. Let cook 1 minute.
  11. Slowly add half and half and stir continuously.
  12. Slowly add vegetable broth and stir continuously.
  13. Let cook until sauce and thickened, about 5 minutes.
  14. Add salt, pepper, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.
  15. Add baby spinach, sausage, and garbanzo beans. Let cook until spinach has wilted.
  16. Add mozzarella cheese and shredded spaghetti squash to skillet and mix well. Turn off heat and let rest.
  17. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray and spread squash mixture into the dish, spread evenly.
  18. In a small bowl, mix breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle on the top of the casserole.
  19. Bake for 15 minutes then broil on high for 3 minutes.
  20. Garnish with fresh basil.

Notes

Nutrition is based on the NEW Weight Watchers Freestyle Program guidelines. Nutrition calculated using Weight Watchers calculator.

NUTRITION: Serves 8- (4 SmartPoints Per Serving) CALORIES: 125 FAT: 5.9 SATURATED FAT: 2.8 CARBS: 7.3 FIBER: 0.1 SUGARS: 2.8 PROTEIN: 9.7

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10 Comments

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    Sam | Away She Went
    October 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm I love the convenience of casseroles and I love how healthy this one is! And I love that you can prep a lot of it ahead of time! Sam | Away She Went recently posted...Fall Project List – Outdoor To-DosMy Profile
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      Kristine
      October 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm Meal prep is the best Sam! Thanks so much :)
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    Jolene
    October 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm This looks delicious! I've never made spaghetti squash and have been meaning to try! I'll try this out! Thank you!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      October 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm You should totally try making spaghetti squash Jolene!
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    Rachel R Ritlop
    October 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm OMG this looks delicious!! can't wait to make it for dinner asap! anything with butternut squash is good in our house!
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    Erica @ Coming up Roses
    October 19, 2017 at 1:00 am This looks so good! Butternut squash is perfect for fall!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      October 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm Thanks! I cook with butternut squash all the time in the fall :)
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    Juli
    October 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm You know what? I've never had spaghetti squash but this looks delicious!
    • Reply
      Kristine
      October 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm You should totally make it Juli!!

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