1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into thin disks or slices
Olive oil (about 2 Tbs. enough to saute)
1 lb. Italian turkey sausage
1 lb. ground beef
1 bell pepper. chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 C. mushrooms, chopped
1 Tbs. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
sea salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. chopped roated red peppers
2 14 oz. cans roasted tomatoes
1 8 oz. can “no salt added” tomato sauce
Brown meat and drain excess fat. In a separate pan or pot saute onion, bell pepper and garlic in olive oil, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and seasonings, saute about 3 minutes. Add red peppers, tomatoes and sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15-30 minutes. You can either mix with the meat or layer seperate. Spread about one ladle of sauce on bottom 9×13 baking dish or pan. Layer squash first then meat, sauce, finishing with sauce on top (should have at least 2 complete layers). Cover with foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour, remove foil and bake additional 30 minutes. Let dish sit for about 15 minutes before cutting or serving.
**NOTE – this sauce is also great with spaghetti squash. topping your pizza or just by itself.