Zucchini Noodles with Sausage Tomato Cream Sauce Paleo, Whole30


These zucchini noodles are made deliciously savory with lots of spicy Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce.  Quick to throw together on a weeknight and easy to make ahead of time too!  It’s a filling, family friendly lunch or dinner that’s Paleo, Whole30, dairy free and low carb too!

These zucchini noodles are made deliciously savory with lots of spicy Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce.  Quick to throw together on a weeknight and easy to make ahead of time too!  It's a filling, family friendly lunch or dinner that's Paleo, Whole30, dairy free and low carb too!

Is there any better way to eat your zucchini noodles that with a creamy, satisfying sauce involving spicy sausage?  Let me answer that one real fast for you: NO.

This zucchini noodle recipe is somewhat based on a recipe I made years ago constantly that I found on Allrecipes.  Was anyone else a total Allrecipes junkie back in the day?

Pretty sure was the only reason I even went on the internet at all back in the early 2000’s. Or at least it was in the top 5 reasons – can’t for the life of me remember the other 4, though.

These zucchini noodles are made deliciously savory with lots of spicy Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce.  Quick to throw together on a weeknight and easy to make ahead of time too!  It's a filling, family friendly lunch or dinner that's Paleo, Whole30, dairy free and low carb too!

Anyway, that throwback favorite pasta recipe involved bowties, lots of heavy cream and parmesan, sausage, and diced tomatoes.

It was heaven in a pot, and also one of the only pasta recipes I’ve truly missed since giving up the whole pasta thing altogether.

Now, as many zucchini noodle recipes as I make, I’ll be the first one to tell you that I don’t think zucchini noodles are an actual “sub” for real pasta.  Sorry, this is my opinion only and I’m in no way putting down zucchini noodles – I think they’re amazing in their own special, zucchini way.

However, even though I wouldn’t call them a replacement for pasta taste and texture wise, they are AWESOME for recreating some of those old favorite pasta dishes – I mean – wasn’t it really the sauce that made the pasta anyway?!

These zucchini noodles are made deliciously savory with lots of spicy Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce.  Quick to throw together on a weeknight and easy to make ahead of time too!  It's a filling, family friendly lunch or dinner that's Paleo, Whole30, dairy free and low carb too!

To make a really awesome zucchini noodle dish though, we need to address the elephant in the room first – the insane amount of WATER in zucchini that we don’t have to deal with when making actual pasta.

So, “sweating” the zucchini noodles and squeezing out tons of water is essential in my opinion before cooking/tossing your zucchini with the good stuff.  Don’t worry – I explain how to do this in the recipe details.

Second, the sauce itself needs to be pretty thick, since even after squeezing out water, the zucchini will still thin out the sauce a bit.  So, when creating sauces for zucchini noodles I like to up the creamy factor and get rid of water.  You’ll see in the recipe details that I not only drained my tomatoes, but soaked up excess water with paper towel as well.

These zucchini noodles are made deliciously savory with lots of spicy Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce.  Quick to throw together on a weeknight and easy to make ahead of time too!  It's a filling, family friendly lunch or dinner that's Paleo, Whole30, dairy free and low carb too!

Texture wise, to get your zucchini noodles to be a perfect “al dente”, I don’t recommend cooking them long at all.  I basically just toss them with my sauce to heat them, since sweating the zoodles actually makes them quite soft to begin with.

Of course, this step is completely up to you, and, if you’d prefer, you can cook them longer to soften them up.

The other part of this recipe that I love – aside from how yummy it is – is that you can make everything ahead of time, sauce and zoodles separately, and then heat them together to serve.  5 minute dinner, here we come!

Seriously, whether you make this ahead of time or not, it’s easy peasy and packed with flavor.  I think we’re ready to get started – get that zucchini spiralized and let’s cook!

Zucchini Noodles with Sausage Tomato Cream Sauce Paleo, Whole30

These zucchini noodles are made deliciously savory with lots of spicy Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce.  Quick to throw together on a weeknight and easy to make ahead of time too!  It's a filling, family friendly lunch or dinner that's Paleo, Whole30, dairy free and low carb too!

Zucchini Noodles with Sausage Tomato Cream Sauce Paleo, Whole30

These zucchini noodles are made deliciously savory with lots of spicy Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce.  Quick to throw together on a weeknight and easy to make ahead of time too!  It’s a filling, family friendly lunch or dinner that’s Paleo, Whole30, dairy free and low carb too!

Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4
    medium zucchini
    spiralized
  • 1
    tsp
    sea salt to “sweat” the zucchini noodles
  • 1
    Tbsp
    organic ghee
    or coconut oil
  • 3/4
    lb
    spicy Italian sausage
    you can also use sweet Italian and add more red pepper flakes!
  • Pinch
    red pepper flakes
  • 1
    medium onion
    chopped
  • 4
    cloves
    garlic
    minced
  • 16
    oz can
    diced tomatoes
    completely drained*
  • 1/2
    cup
    coconut cream
    or full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4
    tsp
    sea salt
  • 1
    tsp
    Italian seasoning
    or 1-2 tbsp fresh Italian herbs, chopped
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Extra red pepper flakes to suit your taste

Instructions

First, “sweat” the zucchini noodles:

  1. Place zoodles in a collander over a large bowl. Sprinkle the 1 tsp salt all over evenly and allow it to sit for 30 minutes to allow the salt to draw out water.

  2. After 30 minutes, use paper towels to squeeze the zucchini thoroughly to remove water. Much of the salt will come out with the water, though if you’re sensitive to saltiness, you can rinse the zoodles prior to squeezing water out.

  3. Once zoodles are squeezed, set them on paper towels while you prepare the sauce.

Then, make the spicy sausage tomato cream sauce:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, once heated, add the cooking fat.

  2. Remove casings from sausage and crumble into the skillet, then sprinkle red pepper flakes over sausage. Use a spatula to break apart the sausage as it cooks. Cook 2-3 mins or until browned and crumbled.

  3. Once sausage is browned, add onions and stir, cook about 2 minutes until softened, then add garlic and continue to cook another minute, stirring.

  4. Once garlic is softened, add in the tomatoes, coconut cream or milk, salt and Italian seasoning or fresh herbs. Stir to combine everything, then bring to a boil. Lower heat and allow mixture to simmer 2-3 minutes.

Toss with zoodles:

  1. For “al dente” zucchini noodles, toss in your zucchini noodles with the sauce and allow to simmer for no more than a minute. You can also saute the zoodles separately for about 1 minute if desired, and then toss with the cooked sauce.

  2. Serve hot and enjoy! See notes for make-ahead options.

Recipe Notes

*After draining, I placed mine in a paper-towel lined bowl to soak up excess water. When dealing with zoodles, eliminating water at every step helps! **To make this recipe ahead of time, prepare the zoodles and sauce and store them separately in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Then, reheat the sauce and zoodles separately and toss together once hot.

Nutrition Facts

Zucchini Noodles with Sausage Tomato Cream Sauce Paleo, Whole30

Amount Per Serving

Calories 306
Calories from Fat 225

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 25g
38%

Saturated Fat 12g
60%

Cholesterol 47mg
16%

Sodium 477mg
20%

Potassium 723mg
21%

Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%

Dietary Fiber 2g
8%

Sugars 5g

Protein 11g
22%

Vitamin A
7.8%

Vitamin C
40.4%

Calcium
6.4%

Iron
13.8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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These zucchini noodles are made deliciously savory with lots of spicy Italian sausage, and a creamy tomato sauce.  Quick to throw together on a weeknight and easy to make ahead of time too!  It's a filling, family friendly lunch or dinner that's Paleo, Whole30, dairy free and low carb too!

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