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[Photograph: Blake Royer]

If you're not familiar with spaghetti squash, it's just what it sounds like: It's a winter squash that, after being cooked, naturally separates into little strands, which have a texture halfway between crunchy and soft that somewhat resembles thin strands of spaghetti. It's obviously a little bit healthier than the real thing, and has the added benefit of being gluten-free.

But rather than search for a recipe designed for spaghetti squash, I decided to take a recipe for real pasta and see if the replacement would still taste good. I began with a recipe from Giada De Laurentiis, but replaced artichokes with kale. Sausage and kale is a classic combination with pasta, and the sun-dried tomatoes add a deep sweetness. To add even more richness, the recipe reduces wine and chicken stock into the sauce.

To be honest, I was impressed with the results. It took longer than pasta—the squash takes close to an hour to fully cook—but I stood up from the table much lighter and very satisfied.

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Spaghetti Squash with Sausage, Kale, and Sun-dried Tomatoes ยป

About the author: Blake Royer is a food writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Chicago; he has been writing for Serious Eats since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter @blakeroyer.

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