Food: Dinner Tonight – Roasted Squash-ghetti

I bought my first squash over the weekend for this season knowing exactly the meal to make. My version is simple – ground Italian chicken sausage, corn kernels, shredded Parmesan cheese, fresh cut cilantro, naturally the squash cut in half, and broiled…and voila the simplest and easiest dinner your family is guaranteed to love. But I am not one who follows a measurement – and if you have trouble imagining how to work with the ingredients I have listed, then please follow a similar recipe, where you can take away the ingredients you don’t want and still get the best of the simplest Squash-ghetti dish:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 head garlic
  • 3/4 pound ground spicy Italian chicken sausage or ground chicken
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounce) crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 medium spaghetti squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded fontina cheese or mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • fresh thyme and or fried sage leaves, for serving (optional)  – {more}

Speaking of cooking, I have a film recommend for you – Under The Eiffel Tower available through Netflix – geared for the middle aged self-doubting and in need of self-discovery type of film worth seeing – especially if you need a good laugh. 

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