Spicy Sausage Zucchini Pasta

Crumbly, hearty sausage bits simmered with grape tomatoes spilling over a bed of light, fresh zucchini noodles…you gotta try this. If you’ve never tried zucchini noodles, I urge you to give it a go. And while yes, it is not real “pasta,” it still gratifies the mind with every twirling bite. I use my spiralizer at least once a week with no regrets because it’s so easy to use and it whips out noodles of all sorts in a matter of 2-3 minutes.  By using spicy sausage, this dish delivers a spicy punch which actually pairs nicely with the subtle, accommodating features of the zucchini.  Not to mention, this tasty meal is super friendly on the calorie budget.

Estimated time: 30 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • Hot Italian Sausages: 3 links (I recommend New York Style Sausage Company)
  • Raw Zucchinis: 4 medium
  • Grape Tomatoes: 3 big handfuls, cut in halves
  • Low Sodium Chicken Broth: 1/2 cup
  • Cooking Spray: 2 pumps
  • Fresh Oregano: leaves from 2 sprigs
  • Parmesan Cheese: 2 tbsp

Using your spiralizer, spiralize your zucchinis first. Spread the noodles out on a cutting board, and cut the noodles in 5-6 inch increments (the noodles can get very very long if you don’t cut them up a little bit). Next, spray a large non-stick skillet or wok with cooking spray and warm to medium/high heat. Cut the casing off the sausage and throw all the meat in the pan. Dispose the casing. With a wooden spatula, break apart the sausage into smaller crumbles as it cooks. Once the sausage begins to brown, add the grape tomatoes halves, chicken broth and oregano leaves. Reduce heat to super low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed into the meat. Add in the zucchini noodles and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. The zucchini will release more water into the mixture, giving you back some sauce. Be careful not to overcook the noodles (the noodles will keep cooking even after you turn the stove off) – you’ll want to keep a bit of crunch upon serving. Turn the stove off, plate the dish, and top with a tablespoon of parmesan cheese. Tasty!

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