Kielbasa-&-Swiss Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Kielbasa-&-Swiss Spaghetti Squash Casserole

9 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

Zesty sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and rye bread add Reuben-esque flavor to this surprisingly addictive spaghetti squash skillet recipe. If you can't find seeded rye bread, add ½ to 1 teaspoon caraway seeds to the mixture in Step 2. Serve with a green salad tossed with red-wine vinaigrette.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 2½- to 3-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup refrigerated sauerkraut, squeezed dry and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh rye breadcrumbs, preferably seeded rye
  • ½ cup chopped turkey kielbasa (3 ounces)
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese

Preparation

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  1. Place squash cut-side down in a microwave-safe dish; add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh is tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400°F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)
  2. Meanwhile, combine eggs, sauerkraut, breadcrumbs, kielbasa, scallion whites and pepper in a large bowl. Let the squash cool for about 10 minutes, then use a fork to scrape it from the shells into the bowl with the sauerkraut mixture.
  3. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  4. Heat oil in a large cast-iron or enamel-coated skillet over medium-high heat. Spread the squash mixture evenly in the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook, undisturbed, until browned on the bottom, 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and the reserved scallion greens. Broil until browned on top, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼ skillet
  • Per serving: 261 calories; 15 g fat(5 g sat); 4 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 65 mcg folate; 115 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 607 IU vitamin A; 14 mg vitamin C; 182 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 567 mg sodium; 327 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (23% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ vegetable, 1 starch, ½ lean meat, ½ medium-fat meat, ½ high-fat meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 9

February 08, 2017
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By: hwaynek
What a wonderful combination. Thanks! It will be made again.
June 25, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Not that great it was dry so I wouldn't have used the bread crumbs and wouldn't have drained the sauerkraut quite as much. Over all not that good :/ Pros: dry Cons: healthy
March 31, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Adding to the rotation Wow, I was a bit skeptical about this recipe but it knocked my socks off! It's so simple, everything comes together while the squash is in the microwave and it can be on the table in half an hour or so. I will definitely make this again! Pros: Quick, easy, healthy, delicious
March 04, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious I didn't use the bread crumbs. I used Parmesan cheese since I didn't have Swiss. I used extra kielbasa. I baked it instead of using stove. Will definitely be making this again!
December 20, 2014
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By: Hungry Actuary
Better than I thought I put this on my weekly menu because it was quick- but I had doubts that either me or my husband would be ecstatic about this. But I was wrong! It's actually pretty tasty! I did make a few changes: I used some leftover breadcrumbs that I had kicking around instead of rye ones. I did however have some chopped up fennel kicking around from leftover thanksgiving stuffing and pan fried that up and mixed it right in- which definitely compensated. If I didn't have that fennel laying around I would have probably ground up some herbs that taste kind of like rye and tossed that in instead. Second- I used extra cheese. I probably bumped it up to about a cup. 3/4 of a cup stirred in to the mix, 1/4 sprinkled on top. I don't know if I'd sprinkle it on top again because I don't know if it really enhanced the dish- and no one wants a bunch of extra calories just for visual appeal! Also, I bumped up the amount of turkey kielbasa. I just thought 2 oz. was kind of too small? Maybe because I had the extra addition of fennel? I used half a link. Next time- maybe 1/3 of a link instead. Turkey Kielbasa was really good in this dish though- I was kind of worried because sometimes turkey products can be kind of yucky. If there are any major errors in this post I apologize- my husband is singing with the dog and it is really distracting LOL My overall thoughts- definitely weeknight worthy! Pros: Easy to make, Cheap, Seasonal Ingredients
November 25, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Healthy, low cal and delicious I must admit I was a little apprehensive, but this really intrigued me so I tried it. I did add a little more of the sausage and the cheese, but I don't think that overall it affected the calorie count that much, and that cheese really made the dish. It makes a LOT, and my cast iron pan was overfilled so I did the frying and broiling in two batches, but no big deal. It makes a LOT...enough to feed an army. Pros: Lots of flavor and texture
November 25, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Very nice blend of flavors. I must admit I was a little apprehensive, but this really intrigued me so I tried it. I did add a little more of the sausage and the cheese, but I don't think that overall it affected the calorie count that much, and that cheese really made the dish. It makes a LOT, and my cast iron pan was overfilled so I did the frying and broiling in two batches, but no big deal. It makes enough to feed an army. I'm going to try and freeze the second one, and I'm pretty sure it will be fine. Good, healthy, tasty recipe. A keeper. Pros: Healthy and low cal. Cons: Can't think of any.
November 23, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Loved this! Followed recipe as described. Next time I might add more kielbasa but not necessary. FYI, if you have trouble cutting your spaghetti squash Google how to cut spaghetti squash. There's a great you tube video that shows how to hold it (on a towel), score it, cut and bang it!
October 31, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious! Really does remind me of a Rueben sandwich! I was worried this might not be hearty enough for my husband, but it was filling. We will definitely have this again. Pros: Rather easy dish to put together
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