Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin
Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin is such a treat and did you know that Delicata Squash is lower in carbs than other winter squash? And this tasty squash is only available for a few months each year, so try it now!
I’m developing a yearly obsession with delicious and user-friendly Delicata Squash! And I love this squash so much that I’m reminding you to make my favorite Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin while you can still get this fun squash variety; I make this recipe every year when Delicata Squash comes into season! And if you like winter squash, I bet you’ll love this recipe too.
I actually created the recipe by accident when Jake and I were trying a sausage and green pepper mixture stuffed inside Delicata Squash, and we ended up with far too much stuffing for the amount of squash we had. So we went to Plan B and made a casserole with the roasted squash, sausage-pepper mixture, and cheese.
Jake isn’t the biggest fan of winter squash but he agreed this gratin with sausage and Delicata Squash was really, really good. But please don’t wait too long to try this recipe, because Delicata Squash is only available for a few months in late summer and early fall, and soon it’s going to disappear from the store for another year.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- Delicata Squash
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- Italian Herb Seasoning (affiliate link)
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- hot or mild Turkey or Pork Italian Sausage
- green bell pepper
- grated Mozzarella cheese
What Makes Delicata Squash Different than other types of winter squash?
What makes Delicata Squash user-friendly and different from other winter squashes is the way you can eat the skin! How cool is that? Eating the skin makes it easier to prepare and adds fiber to reduce the net carbs.
Is Delicata Squash Low in Carbs?
Probably no winter squash is technically a low-carb ingredient, but Delicata Squash is lower in carbs and higher in fiber than many types of winter squash. Here’s more information about this attractive and delicious squash variety!
Who else loves winter squash?
I know they’re a splurge on the carbs, but I am a huge fan of winter squash for a treat, especially Butternut Squash! Use Winter Squash to see all the winter squash main dishes and side dishes on my blog!
How to Make Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin:
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- Delicata squash can have either green or yellow strips like the photo above, top left.
- Cut the squash in chunks about an inch square, saving the ends to dice smaller for the sausage mixture.
- Toss squash with olive oil and Italian Herb Blend, then roast on a baking sheet at 400F/200C for about 25 minutes.
- While the squash is roasting, heat a little oil and then cook the sausage until it’s nicely browned; remove to a bowl.
- Add a little more oil and cook the diced onion and green pepper with a little more Italian herb blend. Add to bowl with the sausage.
- Cut up the ends of the squash into pieces about 1/3 inch squash and cook for a few minutes.
- Then heat the sausage, onions, peppers, and small pieces of diced squash together for a minute or two.
- Spray a large casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Put roasted pieces of squash in the dish and top with the sausage mixture and then a layer of grated cheese.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, or until all the ingredients are hot and the cheese is melted and starting to lightly brown. Serve hot and enjoy!
More Delicious Recipes with Delicata Squash:
This recipe was featured in 30+ Best Delicata Squash Recipes at The Pioneer Woman.
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep where you’ll find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
- 3 Delicata Squash, about 8 inches long each
- 3 T olive oil, divided
- 2 tsp. Italian Herb Blend, divided
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 19.5 oz. pkg. hot or mild Turkey Italian Sausage (see notes)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cups grated Mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
- Wash Delicata squash if needed and cut off the ends in a piece about an inch wide.
- Cut the squash in half lengthwise and use a sharp spoon to scrape out the seeds and discard. Cut the main part of the squash into pieces about 1 inch square and dice the end pieces into small pieces about 1/3 inch square. (The squash is not peeled before cutting it up; you eat it with the peel on.)
- Put the larger squash pieces in a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon Italian Herb blend, and salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste. Put squash pieces on a baking sheet (spray with olive oil or non-stick spray if you need it with your baking sheet.)
- Roast squash about 25 minutes, or until it’s softened but not completely cooked.
- While squash cooks, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Squeeze the sausage out of the casing and cook until it’s nicely browned, breaking apart with a turner (or potato masher) as it cooks. (Most turkey sausage will release some liquid; just cook until it’s evaporated and the sausage will start to brown.)
- Remove the browned sausage to a bowl, add a little more olive oil, and cook the onion and green pepper over medium-high heat until it’s cooked and starting to slightly brown.
- Add the other teaspoon of Italian Herb Blend and cook 1 minute more. Remove the onion-pepper mixture to the bowl with the sausage.
- Add the rest of the oil (about 2 teaspoons) and add the smaller squash cubes. Saute over medium high heat until the squash is quite soft and starting to slightly brown, about 7-8 minutes. Add the sausage, onions, and peppers back into the pan and cook just until everything is heated through.
- Remove the roasted squash cubes from the oven, leaving oven on. Spray a large glass or crockery casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. (I used a dish that’s about 10 inches x 12 inches, but any size that’s close to that will work.)
- Put the hot squash in the bottom of the casserole dish, topping it with the hot sausage/onions/peppers mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Bake uncovered about 20-25 minutes, or until the mixture is very hot and the cheese is completely melted and nicely browned. Serve hot.
I used my favorite Turkey Italian Sausage for this recipe.
This can be kept in the fridge for several days and reheated in the microwave or in a pan on the stove. I’m guessing it freezes well, although I have ever had any leftovers to freeze when I made it!
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 274mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 8g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Delicata Squash and Sausage Gratin is loaded with low-carb ingredients, and Delicata Squash is lower in carbs and higher in fiber than other types of winter squash. This recipe calculated to be only 7 net carbs per serving, so it should be great for low-carb and Keto diets. However, winter squash is reserved for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This Delicata Squash recipe was posted in 2014. It was last updated with more information in 2023.