Tomato Cream Chicken Sausage ‘Pasta’

I feel so pale!! Well, that’s probably because I am. Damn the winter in Colorado. Even if the sun is pretty much always shining, I still am kind of a creepy color. And seeing my pale self working out in a competition this weekend kind of grossed me out. I just want to have a nice bronze going on. Being tan makes you look more buff. I want to be more buff. Therefore better at CrossFit. Yep, being tan makes you stronger. I just know it.

Speaking of buff people, I competed in a little CrossFit competition this weekend at CrossFit Eminence. Lindsey and her husband Kris did a fantastic job with this competition. It ran smoothly, had some awesome wods programmed, and had super cool athletes competing. Great Saturday. But something did suck. Well, it was the usual suckiness of CrossFit events…No.Single.Dudes. What the hell is that about!? There was one guy I found pretty attractive, then I turned around at some point and he was getting a child strapped to his chest. WHATTHEF*CKISTHAT?! Why do all you attractive men have babies?! Ugh.

Anywho, since there was no chance of me hanging out with a single dude, (especially since I smelt like a dump truck after the competition) I just grabbed a guacamole burger with sweet potato tator tots from Jake’s and ate until I literally couldn’t put anymore food or even water in my gut. I usually can’t eat during competitions because I’m so nervous so dinner was balls to the walls. So I had to fast on Sunday to cleanse the gut. I lasted until I had to start making some Super Bowl food to get you guys all ready to go for the big game. We all know I’m sure as hell not watching it. The only reason I knew the Super Bowl was almost here was because of Laura. You can thank her for the fun treats on the way this week. SUPERBOWLFOODYEAH!

I drank 3 coconut waters in 2 days this weekend. I got some sugar bloat going on. SUGARBLOATBABYYEAH!

Wanna know how lucky I am. Just look below.

dammmmmmmmmn. i live a hard life.
my training partner and food tester Jason. Champ of the men’s rx division. what a BA

Tomato Cream Chicken Sausage “Pasta”

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x


  • 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
  • 2 chicken sausages, diced
  • 1/2 cup canned full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 bundle of spinach, stems removed
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrap out the excess seeds and threads.
  3. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes or until spaghetti squash “gives” when you poke at it.
  4. Once your spaghetti squash is done cooking, take out of the oven to cool.
  5. Heat up a large skillet under medium heat, add the coconut milk and tomato sauce and mix together. Let simmer for about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Now add your diced chicken sausages and spices.
  7. Let the chicken sausages simmer for a couple minutes, then add your spinach to the sauce and simmer for another 3-4 minutes or until chicken sausage is cooked through.
  8. Then use a fork to thread your spaghetti squash and add directly to your chicken sausage sauce mixture.
  9. Mix together then plate!
  10. Consume!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

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.


90 thoughts on “Tomato Cream Chicken Sausage ‘Pasta’”

  1. Thawing some chicken sausage already and wondering what to do with it. Now I know, thanks Juli!
    Correction on your no single dudes complaint… No single dudes your age (maybe..I’ll explain that in a minute). I had the real pleasure of talking to you for a few minutes between events and I’m single but I’m pretty sure I was the oldest Rx division guy there!
    Also, you’re extremely attractive, a CrossFit BA and usually surrounded by those CF Broadway beasts. Might be a bit intimidating for the younger guys to make the approach (of course, we older guys aren’t as easily intimidated 🙂 )
    Anyway, congratulations on a great, impressive performance!

    1. Hahaha Aaron, awesome job this weekend!! It was great to see you compete and to get to chat with you!! I do get to hang out with some studly dudes from Broadway. And thank you 🙂

    1. Haha well since I was running with my spandex shorts on the other day and someone yelled put some clothes on white girl…i was a little self conscious lately. that yelling bastard.

  2. Juli! I’m a regular follower of yours, often reading aloud your posts to the husband. By the looks of it, you’re using the new camera; the photos definitely look better. We made the overstuffed burgers of yours on Friday and have thus declared every Friday burger night. Accompanied by the most ridiculously huge plate of sweet potato fries imaginable. You rock.

  3. Love the web site, the rants and the recipes Juli. Going to attempt the Mexican Hash Egg Bake this weekend! Any paleo recipes for the Sweet Potato Tater Tots? They sounded great as an alternative to SP fries.

  4. Seriously on the dudes tip. wtf. Is everyone married? I’ve had the same thing happen to me several times recently. I actually find someone attractive (which is very rare. I live in Pennsylvania), and then oh look, there is their wife/kid/girlfriend/boyfriend/baby mama, whatever. I’m OVER it JB, over it.

  5. This looks hella tasty. Also I gotta say, I’m in Colorado too and it’s still really nothing but sun where I am. You must be buried under a snow bank in the mountains somewhere.

  6. This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it out. I’m in Australia and can’t seem to find spaghetti squash here, but I’m thinking I’ll make some “pasta” ribbons out of zucchini. Thanks!

  7. 2 very important things: One: you’re a total badass! We did the snatch/ball slam/box jump WOD from this weekend and it was freaking hard! Smoking time Juli!! Second: I love, love, love your recipes! This was so creamy and delicious! My kids even loved it! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve for the SuperBowl! Keep the posts coming and thank you!! 🙂

  8. Juli –

    I’m a couple of days behind here.

    First – “Why do all you attractive men have babies?!” Is that a serious question? Cause and effect working, I think. It works the same with women. My wife is a prime example.

    Second – spaghetti squash – you can microwave them and they taste/texture exactly the same as using the oven. Put a couple or 3 holes in a whole SS and microwave for about 10 minutes. Cut in half and easily scoop out the seeds. Quick and easy. I love those things.

    Third – Sunflower has all their chicken sausage on sale for $2/lb this week.

  9. Amahhhhhhhhhzing! My grocery store had no spaghetti squash this week so I used baked eggplant instead. Delish!

    No single dudes is right, my box is promoting a “Valentine’s Day Couples WOD” Kill. Me. Now.

  10. I loved every recipe I’ve tried of yours…except this one! Maybe it’s the tarragon…hmmm….. Well anyways, I love your blog and recipes!

  11. I am making this for dinner tonight!!! I am sooo excited to try it…. I love your blog. Keep up the great work Juli!

  12. I made this dish 2 days ago and I loved it! So good! It will definitely be a staple for me…quick and easy! Keep up the good work! Love your blog!

  13. Hi Juli,
    I just made this tonight, and oh wow, it is fantastic! I haven’t used coconut milk much, but I am a convert now. I printed off a bunch of your recipes, and can’t wait to try them all! Wish I could give this one more than 5 stars. Love your blog!

  14. Oops! Got a bit excited above! Just made this sans meat while visiting my folks for the weekend. It was a hit with the vegetable eaters of the house! LOVE!

  15. Just saw this recipe and went to the store. I was all excited and then I realized I bought the normal carton coconut milk. Will this work just as good? 🙁

  16. Holy crap! this was the most amazing meal ever! Neither of us wanted the meal to end. So freaking good! Thank you thank you thank you! We used beef sausage which was a left over from last night. Still worked great. I could have ate 5 more plates of this stuff. The sauce was so rich and yummy. That of some fancy restaurant. So good!

  17. Yum! I never thought to use coconut milk to create a cream sauce in an itallian dish. My beautiful junk food addict bf loved it too! Although, he refused to eat the toasted seeds I made with the squash guts.

  18. I just made this with chicken breast (the sausages here all contain wheat) and added some red pepper and it was amazing!!!!

    Adding coconut milk to tomato sauce is GENIUS! Thanks 🙂

  19. OMG, seriously! This was so good! Actually, I’ve just recently started eating Paleo and I love your website! I’ve already made about 4 or 5 of your recipes and I’ve enjoyed every one of them! Thanks for making this transition a whole lot easier!

  20. This is my new favorite! I am lactose intolerant and finding a recipe that gives me my creamy red sauce back is a dream come true!

    Just a note – I’m pretty sure you should just double the recipe. This just made 2 servings – and what the heck else am I going to do with this extra chicken sausage and coconut milk? Make more of this sauce, that’s what 🙂

    Great website, btw! I’ve been eating your recipes for 2 weeks now and haven’t tired. SOO excited for your cookbook!

  21. This is fantastic! So quick and easy, and such an impressive meal. I cooked it for an Italian friend and she raved about it. I did add some garlic to the sauce (we are garlic freaks.) Your recipes rock!

  22. Wow! Super yummy. Super easy! I doubled everything except the spaghetti squash (I need to feed 5 plus extra for my husband’s lunch the next day). Next time I’ll double everything AND triple or quadruple the spinach. This is a new favorite of mine. Thank you for sharing, again!

  23. This meal was so easy and tasted amazing! I had no idea how wonderful spaghetti squash was until I made this! I also wanted to say that I have loved every one of your recipes that I have made. I really like your site because for the past few years I have been telling myself I was going to work on my cooking, and I’ve also been telling myself for a few years that I was going to go paleo. The time has finally come and 2013 is the year I am doing both! I love that there are so many options, I actually spend about an hour on sundays looking through recipes to find the few I am going to make for the week. Having a variety of choices has really made the transition to paleo so easy. Thank you so much for all that you do, your recipes and hilarious sense of humor is much appreciated!

  24. I used thinly sliced zucchini and yellow squash for the pasta and added sliced red peppers and red onions….and this was AMAZING! I also used pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce…big hit! Thank you for your fabulous ideas!

  25. I loved how easy this came together and it tastes out of this world! I’m 1 week new to paleo eating and want to thank you for providing such a great idea for a dish that my still somewhat skeptical husband and picky 3 year old both gobbled up! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  26. AMAZING! I’m on my second week go eating clean and was beyond excited how this turned out! I have already forwarded this recipe to a bunch of people

  27. Juli,

    Your recipes are so amazing. This “pasta” has been the envy of all of my co-workers.

    Keep rockin the Paleo scene and keep the recipes coming.

    1. Just made this for dinner. The family dubbed it restaurant quality and said it was quite delish! This one is a winner!

  28. Absolutely delicious! Hubs said, ‘If this were even just tomato soup, it’d be the best I’ve ever had in my life”. I had zucchini on hand, so I served over raw zucchini noodles instead of the spag squash, but I will make this again when I have one! Since lunch was super late, I made your ‘Iced Mint Protein Mochas’ to hold us over. Wow was that good. Thanks so much for sharing all of these amazing recipes!

  29. Made this last night. I don’t ever buy chicken sausage because I love pork sausage, but I was in the mood for something different and my husband said he wanted something bad and not paleo, so I made this! I think this was good, but I would prefer a more traditional tomato sauce. I used fresh herbs because I just happened to have them. its official, I don’t care for tarragon! Overall, this was a great dish! Next time though I will will make a more traditional italian tomato sauce and add the coconut cream to that. Thanks julie for being so exploratory in the kitchen. P.S. your spaghetti squash bake was to die for!!! I’m still eating it.

  30. I’ve been making this for a few years. It’s been a staple in my family. Love it! Have you ever tried freezing the finished meal? Not sure how that would turn out after thawing.

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