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Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats

Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats topped with melted cheese

An easy healthy spanish inspired weeknight dinner, Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats! Packed with nutrients and loaded with flavor!

So the end of this month and beginning of next month is getting a little crazy for me.

First off, I feel like I barely had a weekend this weekened because I left Friday night for the wedding, woke up and then shot the wedding all day {which was an absolute blast by the way … soooo doing that again} but then I didn’t get home until like 2 am that night so the next day was just a total wash because I was completely and utterly exhausted.

I had 4 days at home and now leave for Kansas City tomorrow morning!

A collage of steps to prepare Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats recipe

No.. not to see the Kansas City Royals play in the World Series, even though that would be a blast! I’m going to the Chopped Conference and seriously can’t wait!

This Conference is going to be packed with power house speakers and food photographers, basically people I strive to emulate when I blog … photography wise! People like Lindsay & Bjork Ostrom from Pinch of Yum, Ali Ebright from Gimme Some Oven, Bev Weidner from Bev Cooks, and John & Dana Shultz from Minimalist Baker just to name a few!

I am totally gonna be star struck when I see them and probably stand there mouth open in awe! But who cares!

A collage of spaghetti squash halves and Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats on baking sheets

I come back from the conference over the weekend then I’m home for a week and head back out again to Chicago!

Whew! I’m tired just talking about it … must be that introvert in me who justs wants to stay curled up with a bowl of soup on the couch and watch The Voice!

So just pray that I have enough energy to get me through the next couple of weeks!

Ok, enough of me venting. Lets talk food shall we?

Last week sometime I shared this Spaghetti Squash Boat recipe by Nutmeg Nanny on facebook and ya’ll went crazy over it! It was liked, shared, and commented on endless times and I don’t blame you. It seriously sounded delicious.

A Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boat on a plate

So todays recipe is inspired by that facebook post, it is a Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boat!

Yes it is one heck of a mouth full to say and definitely one heck of one to eat too!

The spaghetti squash has a slightly sweet flavor so I wanted to compliment it with a spicy Chorizo. Add in some colorful sweet bell peppers for good measure, then some hearty nutritious kale, and finish it off with fire roasted tomatoes. Definitely my kinda dish!

Top view of Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats on a baking sheet

This Chorizo mixture itself literally packs so much flavor that you don’t need to add any herbs to amp it up, so I don’t. Just a little salt but then its ready to go!

Once the spaghetti squash boats are stuffed with the chorizo mixture, top it with fresh mozzarella and you have yourself one dynamite pizza or pasta substitute meal that is definitely not shy of flavor.

See ya’ll… you can still cook healthy AND have yummy tasting finger licking good food too!

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Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 11 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 16 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Gluten-Free, Dinner, Pork
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Description

An easy and healthy Spanish-inspired weeknight dinner that is packed with nutrients and loaded with flavor!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 small spaghetti squashes
  • 1 lb of pork chorizo
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 1 yellow pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 15 oz. of Muir Glen diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 oz. of fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Slice spaghetti squash in half, and scoop out seeds.
  3. Season liberally with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place on baking sheet, flesh side up.
  4. Bake for 1 hour.
  5. Remove from oven, using a fork scrap the squash until it forms spaghetti like strings.
  6. Heat a large saute pan to medium high heat, add pork chorizo and cook for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through, breaking up the meat along that way.
  7. Add in red pepper, yellow pepper, kale, and diced tomatoes. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes, until kale is wilted. Remove from heat
  8. Pat down the spaghetti squash and fill each boat with the chorizo mixture.
  9. Top with fresh mozzarella cheese.
  10. Place assemble spaghetti squash boats under a HIGH broiler for 8 minutes, until cheese is slightly browned.
  11. Serve!

Keywords: baked spaghetti squash, stuffed squash, chorizo

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16 comments on “Chorizo Kale & Pepper Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Boats”

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    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    Look at you going and making me drool all over my keyboard! I just bought kale and peppers at the farmer’s market yesterday so I think I definitely need to make this! Just need to pick up some squashes. 🙂

    1. hahaha.. well thank you!

      If you just bought kale and peppers then it is definitely a sign! 🙂 Thanks for a good laugh and the sweet comment Ashlyn!

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    Tanya Schroeder

    I LOVE chorizo! My family thinks it “spicy” and I look at them like they have 4 eyes! I think it’s delicious! I love this recipe Krista! I so wish I was going to Chopped!! Please let me know what you think!

    1. Its totally not that spicy and down right delicious, tell them it will be good for them! 🙂 hehe

      I wish you were here too girl, we would have had so much fun!

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    Laura O|Petite Allergy Treats

    I love chorizo! It adds so much flavor and makes eating veggies a breeze. Love this!

    1. Ok, will you believe this is the first time I have ever cooked with it? Cant believe I have missed out on the amazing flavor for so long!

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes

    These look and sound absolutely amazing, Krista! Safe travels to my home state. 🙂

    1. It really is, just need to find a faster way to cook it! 🙂 I’m so not patient, anything that takes longer than an hour to make just won’t work for how I cook. 🙂 Unless its in a slow cooker of course. But for now, the taste of spaghetti squash so out weighs the amount of time it takes to make it!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Oh girl…too funny! I just made a stuffed spaghetti squash yesterday!!! I love the kale and chorizo addition. Making it on our next time around.

    Anddddd I get to see you tomorrow! Wahoo!!

    1. Can’t wait to see what your recipe is! Sure its going to be fab@

      And yippe can’t wait to see you too sweet friend!