Sausage Spaghetti Squash Bake

Lots of sh*t happened in a small amount of time this weekend. Me and some ladies headed up to Breckenridge for the lovely Laura’s birthday. She’s just so great. She’s my roommate. I know her. And now she’s 24. What a boring age. I think that’s how she felt about it. 21 is exciting, 22 is still fun since you’re in college, then after that…it gets a little dull. I’m biased though, I just want to eat almond butter on my birthday, personally.

Anywho, we went to Breck to snowboard and hang out at our friend’s house for the night. And when I say “we went to snowboard” I mean them. I don’t do the mountain sports thing. Yes, I’m from Colorado. No, I don’t care if you think that’s weird. I stayed in at our friend’s house and worked on my computer, wrapped in a blanket. Oh and I also went to CrossFit of Breckenridge up there!! That was what I was looking forward to most, honestly. I got to wod with one of the awesome coaches up there and cheered on by the other. Pretty freakin’ cool if you ask me. The head coach called me kiddo. I love him. Good coaches and athletes aka wicked cool gym.

So we finished our time up in Breckenridge at a bar. Ok….what is up with the dudes up there? I know all they care about is being on the mountain all day and getting drunk at night…but don’t they want to get laid?? The way these bros look and act…I have no idea how they have ever got any. I seriously can’t even repeat some of the things that were said to us. It was like being in 3rd grade again if 3rd graders knew absurdly disgusting words and had filthy minds. No but seriously. Douche bags.

So we finished the night off at D’Corazon in Denver. Have you eaten there? You haven’t? You only go to The Rio Grande for margaritas? Oh, you’re lame. Dom has told me about that restaurant many times but I never got the chance to try it. Finally did. Had the carnitas. Effing ridiculously good. Like wiiicked good. And I hear their margaritas are delicious AND strong. So stop going to The Rio. Their food tastes like carpet.


Paleo Sausage Spaghetti Squash Bake


  • 1lb Italian sausage
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 bundle of kale, roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut your spaghetti squash in half and use a spoon to remove the seeds and excess threads from your squash. Use some muscle.
  3. Place open side down on a baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until you can press into your squash and it gives a bit.
  4. While your squash bakes, heat up a large pot under medium-high heat and add your Italian sausage. Break up with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  5. Once your sausage is cooked through, remove with a slotted spoon and put in a bowl.
  6. Keep the extra fat from the meat in the pot, add your minced garlic and add your kale, onions, and chicken broth. Combine.
  7. Then add your coconut milk and spices. Cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  8. Pull your spaghetti squash out of the oven and dethread with a fork.
  9. Once your kale is wilted and onions have begin to become translucent, remove from heat and add your spaghetti squash as well as your egg to the kale/onion mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  10. Then add your cooked Italian sausage and mix together.
  11. Place the mixed ingredients into a baking dish (or same pot if it’s oven safe) and spread out evenly.
  12. Bake 15-20 minutes or until top is slightly browned.
  13. Consume!

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


62 thoughts on “Sausage Spaghetti Squash Bake”

  1. Amazeballs! I've been making something like this with spinach instead of kale and no coconut milk. I thought that was good, but this…this is brilliance!

    1. Juli do you ever have any idea how many calories are in these fabulous creations, just asking? Made your Chipolti meatballs tonight, mind blowing. Email the link to all my family that cooks.

      1. haha no idea whatsoever. I don’t count calories. If I ever want to restrict some of my eating, I eat zone portions from the Zone Diet

      2. I put the recipe into calorie count and it is about 329 calories. It’s not 100% accurate but it’s close. I broke the recipe into 6 servings

  2. I just discovered / fell madly in love with spaghetti squash a couple of months ago. I have it about once a week. I'm definitely trying out this recipe! Looks delish!

  3. You HAVE to try this then Amanda!! It seriously is so good! It almost tastes like there is cheese on it! Let me know how it turns out!

  4. I made this tonight. Didn't have any italian sausage, so I used ground beef. Still very delicious. I should have added more salt as there is salt in the sausage, but still it was very good. Thanks for sharing all of the great recipes.

  5. I came across your blog while searching for some paleo recipes (I'm on day 2 of the Whole30). To be honest, I thought this looked good, but wasn't expecting to be wowed. Boy, was I wrong! This is comfort food at its finest! I also think it tastes like there is cheese in it.

    I used Trader Joe's italian chicken sausage, and served it with some crushed red pepper on top. YUM. It's going into regular rotation for sure! Can't wait to try some of your other recipes – Thanks!

  6. That's awesome Stephanie!! You just made my night! It really did taste like it had cheese in it huh?! I'm glad you liked it! Kick some butt with your Whole30. I've done it before too! I hope some of my recipes help!

  7. This was AMAZING. I’m not a paleo eater although I eat no grain/low carb/grass fed/no dairy (I am a soy/splenda eater). We loved it.

  8. HOLY SH*T!!! This was SOOOOOO awesome!!!! Made it this weekend and holy crap, I had to use all of my self control to keep from consuming the entire casserole!!! LOVE this one! I never had spaghetti squash before this either… loved the entire combination of ingredients together! Will definitely be making this regularly and keeping it stocked in my freezer for work lunches and post-WOD dinners! 🙂 THANK YOU! BTW – LOVE your blog!!! Your kind of humor is the kind I totally relate to! Keep it up and I’ll keep following! 🙂

  9. I’ve made this twice once with italian sausage and once with chicken sausage, both times amazing! And so easy thank you!!!

  10. I am making this for the second time this week! I don’t have any sausage so I used ground beef with some italian spices and bacon fat. So good!

  11. Sooo good:) Very easy to make and tasted delicious! My hubby ate a ton.. we almost ate it all in one night;)) Excited to try more recipes! thanks for sharing!

  12. Awesomeness!! Everyone in my house liked it and my husband doesn’t even eat squash so thank you for a great recipe!!

  13. I’m new to the Paleo scene. Tired of all the other diet fads (points, calories, prepacked meals, etc.) and just wanted a diet that made sense.

    I am not a Crossfitter but am pretty hardcore at the gym 5-6 days a week. Paleo is not too far-fetched from what I’m used to eating…only catch is the NO DAIRY thing.

    Anyway, back to this recipe….lemme just say OMG, this was fanfreakinastic!!! I was skeptical with the semi-sweet coconut flavor but if you add just enough spice, I would never be able to tell that this was dairy free and made with coocnut milk.

    I can’t wait to try out somemore of your recipes….especially the indian inspired ones….YUMMM!!!

  14. So, ummm… This is recipe is debuting in my kitchen TONIGHT. I think I might have to throw a few strips of bacon in there, too. Just for good measure. You, know…. in case I decide to go kosher next week. (Possible, but highly unlikely.)

  15. I have been reading your blog for several weeks and finally jumped into all of this. I made this dish tonight and it was so good. Last night I made the broccoli fritters and the sweet potato brownies. Everything has been fantastic. I am excited! Thanks so much.

  16. YAY!! I’m from Maine and don’t ski…people think I’m weird so nice to know I’m not the only one!! Looking forward to making this recipe. Got some kale and spaghetti squash tonight. Made a simple recipe last week with spaghetti squash, spicy sausage , spinach and pasta sauce…OMG SO GOOD. So I’m definitely looking forward to this recipe!! Why didn’t I know about spaghetti squash before?? Seriously?

  17. I can’t wait to make this tonight! It’s 8:20AM and all I can think about is making dinner…how crazy its that?!

  18. just starting paleo and this was my first meal I prepared

    great tasting though I try it with 1/2 the salt amount next time.

    will be a regular meal for me


  19. I just made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. I am somewhat new to paleo and have been wanting to try spaghetti squash. Love it! Thanks again!

  20. I made this for the first time tonight.. Soooooo Delicious, I added sliced cremini mushrooms and didn’t have tarragon or sage, so just used some italian seasonings…. Was STILL good!! 🙂 Thank you so much for all your great recipes! My “go to” blog when I am looking for something different! Out of the Park, Juli!!

  21. Hey! I, like everyone else who commented, made this dish and absolutely loved it. I tried cooking kale before and totally failed at it, but kale prepared this way was delicious! THANKS 🙂

  22. I’m sorry to report that I’m not overly fond of this dish. I was so excited to make it based on the ingredients and other reviews, I made a double batch and had dreams of feeding the whole family on it for a couple days. I made it just as directed with all fresh ingredients and, although it’s definitely still edible, there’s a bit of a funky flavor (to me) that I can’t quite place. I love this site and other recipes… but lesson learned to try new recipes before committing to multiple pans full.

  23. Very good. Tasted rich and savory. I did use three eggs and spinach instead of kale bc I already had it in my fridge but other than that I prepared it right along with the recipe. I will make it again and share with my Paleo eating friends!

  24. My husband barely tolerates my Paleo lifestyle, but he went nuts for this recipe. I used spinach instead of kale and didn’t had tarragon so I used cumin and it was de-lish! Can’t wait for lunch leftovers tomorrow!

  25. I’m the same as Janna’s comment above, my husband is a Paleo snob, can’t imagine eating some of the stuff I do…but this!!! omg, ate two bowls and admitted to thinking it was the BOMB! Ha…I added mushrooms and extra fresh sage, which is so damn good!!!

  26. I made this tonight to go with our grass fed steak! It was really reall great!! I omitted the sausage, thanks to lack of planning, and used celery instead. Hope the little bit of left overs are good for breakfast!!

  27. This was so good Juli! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with the rest of the Paleo world 🙂 I am still trying to convert my husband and with your help I am getting closer! Love your blog, especially the “Rando Rants”, you have a great personality and sense of humor! Keep up the great work in CrossFit and in the kitchen!

  28. This is really tasty…it reminds me of some comfort pod from the past that I am unable to retrieve from the depths of my mind. Either way, this might just become my new go to when needing a savory comfort dish.
    Thank you!

    1. I tried to rate this five stars but I guess it wouldn’t show that since I’m on an IPad. Also, the comfort food (not comfort pod) it reminds me of is broccoli cheese casserole. I’m not sure why…delicious either way.

  29. This was amazing, amazing, amazing! I overheard my fiance, who sporadically eats Paleo to support me, telling someone it was one of the most delicious meals he has ever had! We skipped the Tarragon and Sage (thought I had them, but was out), and mixed a spicy Italian sausage with regular. Sooooo good! I’ll also be featuring this on my blog this week on Thank you!

  30. I have just ordered your new cookbook and trying the recipes. We made the Spaghetti Squash Bake and it ended up in the garbage disposal. It was too salty and looked like nothing but Italian Sausage with a little green in it. I just realized I left out the egg but that shouldn’t have caused the dish we had. I used a small spaghetti squash and spinach instead of kale which I find bitter. Any ideas where I went wrong?

    A dedicated paleo follower looking for great recipes for my family

    1. no really sure. you probably need a lot more spinach since it shrinks a lot. and you also need to be careful with what kind of sausage you get. your sausage could have been really salty.

  31. In the oven…waiting anxiously for it to be done! This meal is going to be wayy better than that nasty college cafeteria food! NOM!

  32. I made this tonight! It was so good. I used spinach rather than kale because it’s what I had, and a mild ground sausage from the butcher. I seasoned it with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and an Italian seasoning grinder. Also used a little more coconut milk that what the recipe called for. My husband and I both loved it, and he usually hates my attempts at cooking paleo recipes. Thanks, Juli! 🙂

  33. I made this dish once before and LOVED it. The second time (tonight) I substituted spinach for kale. Dish tasted great but WOW was it watery! OMG it was in a lake of liquid, even after dishing it out with a slotted spoon my dinner plate had a LOT of liquid. I don’t know much about kale…but is it correct to assume it was watery because I used spinach instead? I know that when I cook spinach I have to drain it, and you get a lot of liquid when you drain cooked spinach.

  34. This is SO yummy! I did a lot of substitutions, only cause its what I had in the house. I used saffron instead of tarragon, pre-cooked sausage, zucchini instead of kale and water instead of chicken broth, but it was sooooo good! My hubby never wants to eat my Paleo stuff and he gobbled this up! This will definitely be one of my regulars!!

  35. I made this last night and it was so good! I have never cooked spaghetti squash before but I was feeling ambitious and it turned out great. Keep up the great work, I look at your site all the time for new updates and recipes!

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