First things first, do you own a spiralizer? If you don’t, now’s the time to scoop one up. Go ahead, “add to cart”…and we will show you all the many ways you’re going to want this kitchen tool permanently part of your weekly meals. Starting with my absolutely favorite thing to spiralize – a butternut squash! The noodles that come out from this are arguably adorably called “Bunoodles”, but regardless of what you call them, this is one delicious way to enjoy this tasty vegetable.

This recipe will be quickly devoured by everyone in your family, with the tender squash noodles so full of flavor and then combined with leafy kale, and sausage. To make this extra healthy, we used a lean mild Italian turkey sausage. In our test kitchen when we made this recipe, it tasted soooo good we looked at each other and said “Is this actually healthy? it tastes like it’s bad for you!”. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve gotten it in your mind that only bad-for-you food tastes good. This recipe is the one to change all that, and get you spiralizing butternut squashes on a weekly basis!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs mild Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 package (or 8oz) baby kale, pre-chopped or fresh, stems removed
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar (can substitute for apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp fresh sage, chopped
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Large non-stick baking pan

Method

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Next, cut the bulb end off of your butternut squash, as well as the top stem creating two flat ends. Peel the squash, and place in your stand spiralizer and spiralize into noodles.
  • Toss the butternut squash noodles in 1 tbsp of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Spread them out on an even layer on a non-stick baking sheet (or one lined with parchment paper) and bake for 15 minutes. Toss, then continue baking for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned, and tender.
  • While the squash noodles are baking, heat your non-stick baking pan to a medium heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, and brown and crumble the turkey sausage until fully cooked, and sprinkle with a bit of salt & pepper. If you bought sausages in casings, make sure you squeeze the meat from the casings before this.
  • Add in your chopped onion, and cook with the sausage for another 3-4 minutes or until translucent and softened.
  • Next, add the kale and stir until it's wilted (don't worry if it seems like a lot in the pan, it will shrink down significantly!).
  • Add the minced garlic, chicken stock, vinegar, pepper flakes, rosemary and sage. Mix well, and continue cooking for an additional few minutes. Make sure you do this uncovered, as it will reduce the liquid as it cooks.
  • Add your cooked butternut squash noodles (now removed from the oven) and toss. The noodles will break up as you toss them, and that's okay...just means that they are so tender and delicious!
  • Ready to serve!
Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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