I did not name this, for the record. When I was looking up basic cooking times on the internet, I found one for sausage-stuffed squash that was entitled “Squasage” and now I can’t get it out of my head. Sorry about that.
Anyway, I had this squash (I think it’s a kabocha?) that needed eating and this is what I decided to do with it — it makes a nice winter meal for two.
Preheat your oven to 400°F and cut your squash in half. I use a grapefruit spoon to remove the seeds — it’s easier that way.
Place the squash cut-side-up on a baking dish or in a roasting pan and brush with olive oil. Dust with salt and pepper and roast for about an hour, until you can poke it all over with a fork with little resistance.
In the meantime, rinse and drain 1/2 cup quinoa. This is red quinoa.
Dump the quinoa in a small pot with 1 cup broth (your choice) and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat, cover it, and let it simmer until the broth is all absorbed. It’ll look all fluffy with little white tails like this when it’s done, after about 15 minutes.
You’ll also want to chop up some veg, about half an onion and half a red pepper. Or a whole pepper. Up to you.
I had three Italian sausages here, but you can use two as well.
Slice open the casing and dump the contents into a bowl.
Heat up some olive oil in a pan and start sautéing your onions.
When they’re soft and translucent, add your sausage and break it up with a spoon while it cooks.
When it’s cooked completely, add in your red pepper and some herbs. I used fines herbes, a combination of things like parsley, chervil, marjoram, and chives.
Stir that around for a bit until the red pepper is softer.
Then you can dump in the quinoa and lower the heat just to keep the whole thing warm until the squash is ready.
In a small bowl, dump in a few teaspoons panko bread crumbs and a little bit of grated cheese (your choice). Mix that together.
When the squash is ready, lower the oven heat to 350°F and start spooning the sausage mixture into your squash halves. You may end up with leftover mix, but it makes a great lunch the next day.
When the squash halves are holding as much as they can, sprinkle the cheese/panko mix over the top and chuck it back in the oven for about 15 minutes, until everything is thoroughly warm, the cheese is melted, and the bread crumbs are starting to brown.
The result is an all-in-one, piping hot meal.
We did find it easier to tip out the contents and scrape out the softened squash before mixing it all together and eating it. It was less molten that way.