Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya

Cooler winter weather means I'm on the lookout for warm, hearty, comfort foods that still pack a punch of flavor. Chili and soups are a great option, but I wanted something a little different than my usual go-to's. This one is full of flavor and has the picky-eating husband stamp of approval. Enjoy! -Jenn


INGREDIENTS 

1 spaghetti squash

2 large pre-cooked andouille sausages (12oz)

3 Tbs. fresh thyme

3 Tbs. fresh oregano

1-2 cloves minced garlic or 1 Tbs garlic powder

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes*

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

15 oz. tomato sauce

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast

1 yellow pepper

1 red pepper


DIRECTIONS

1. Pre-heat oven to 400°, cut Spaghetti Squash in half length-wise and score the surface of the squash with a knife. Rub a small amount of olive oil on the inside, and place on a pan filled with water. Bake for 1 hour while you prepare the rest, or pre-cook and save. It's done when a fork easily scrapes out the inside of the squash.

2. Pre-cook or bake the chicken breasts while you prepare the rest. I bake mine at 350° for around 30 minutes. 

3. Heat a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and cook the garlic, spices, and peppers in the pan. Stir occasionally until the peppers soften. 

3. Slice the andouille sausage on a bias and add to the pan at the end to warm through. 

4. Add in the tomato sauce, 1 lb. cooked chicken, and cooked spaghetti squash. 

5. Optional last step: Pop back in a 350° degree oven until it gets bubbly. I ate mine right away! Serves 4. 


* If you like spicier jambalaya, add more red pepper flakes to you desired level of hotness. I shook the jar (a little at a time, it goes a long way) until I tasted the heat I wanted. 

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Happy cooking!

Jenn