Monday, January 16, 2012

Zucchini Spaghetti




I've been meaning to make this for years. Seriously.  I eat a lot of zucchini.  I also like to eat pasta sauce over veggies.  But I had never shredded the zucchini like this before. 

Well, thanks to Pampered Chef, I finally got a zucchini julienne shredder. I ordered a chopper and some spoons and I was able to get the shredder for free. Yea!


I knew I would like it but was afraid that the family would think it odd.  Or they would be begging me for their beloved pasta. Well, we all loved it and I've made it a couple of times since.  Yea!  I love when that happens!


Zucchini Spaghetti with Sausage, Tomato and Basil Sauce
Adapted from Kalyn's Kitchen

10 oz. lowfat turkey Italian sausage, hot or mild
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
pinch hot pepper flakes
1 (14.5 oz.) can petite dice tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup water or chicken broth
2 medium sized zucchini (9-10 inches long) cut into thin strands with a julienne cutter or a mandolin Slicer
5 tbsp. chopped fresh basil (or 1 tbsp. dried)
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tsp. dried)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp. dried)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving if desired


Brown sausage in pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Add onion and cook for a few minutes until softened.  Add garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Add tomatoes and herbs and stir to combine. Add water or chicken broth to thin if it is too thick. Cook on medium for about 10 - 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. 

Use a julienne cutter or mandolin slicer to cut the spaghetti into long strands. Add zucchini to sauce and stir to combine.  Cook for about 5 minutes and serve. 
 
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This is linked with:
$5 Dinner Challenge at $5 Dinners

My Meatless Mondays at My Sweet and Savory
Your Recipe, My Kitchen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Just Another Meatless Monday at Hey's What's for Dinner, Mom?
Made By You Monday at Skip To My Lou
Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
The Mommy Club at Crystal and Co.
Best Recipes at This Chick Cooks



11 comments:

  1. That looks so delicious! The photos are mouthwatering.

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  2. This looks awesome and we love zucchini. I have the pampered chef julienne shredded, will have to try this out...would be great for Grumpy's low carb diet he has to follow! I've pinned this!

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  3. That looks really good! We always have too much zucchini in the summer months from the garden. I'll have to save this for summer meals. Thanks!

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  4. Yum this looks wonderful. Nobody in my family would touch it but me though:( Boring family.

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  6. I would love to cook this!
    Dropped by from Your Recipe, My Kitchen at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

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  7. Don't you just LOVE The Pampered Chef?!?! This sounds delicious.

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  8. Oh joy! I must get myself a julienner as well b/c I think this would be so much better than spaghetti squash! YUMMMMY! Looks great, Debbi.

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  9. Yum, this sounds great! I usually opt for spaghetti squash when looking for a pasta alternative, but I'm thinking I may need to get a zucchini shredder to try this out!

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  10. This is a filing meal. That is so clever, how you turned your zucchini into mock pasta. I bet that was delicious. Thanks for sharing with My Meatless Mondays.

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  11. What a great idea, this looks delicious too. thanks.

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