Sunday, June 12, 2011

Zucchini "spaghetti" with a Creamy Tomato Meat Sauce

There really isn't a substitue for pasta, but at least there are some things you can do to give the texture, feel, and satisfaction of eating a nice hearty pasta dish.  Many people use spaghetti squash as a pasta substitute, I like spaghetti squash but for a pasta dish the sweetness throws me off a bit.  So I found this delicious looking recipe from Every Day Paleo .  I changed the recipe up a bit, but that's the beauty of cooking at home, you can make it however you like it.  I went out and bought a new toy for this recipe also, a Julienne Slicer , this isn't the exact one I got, but I got mine from Bed Bath and Beyond for less than $15.  This recipe was a little time consuming between making my own turkey sausage and slicing the Zucchini, but it was worth it!

Here's what you will need
- 5 zucchini sliced thin
- 1 lb ground turkey sausage, I posted the recipe for this last week, here it is, Turkey Sausage  - note I added 1 tsp of fennel seed to this recipe.
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- 1-2 tbs coconut oil (for sauteing)
- 3 small shallots chopped

the cutest little shallots that you ever did see

For the sauce:
- 1 14.5 oz can chopped tomato (no sodium added)
- about 10 small basil leaves
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2-3 tbs grass fed heavy whipping cream

1. Make the turkey sausage ( or buy any kind of sausage you would like)Peel then slice all zucchini using the Julienne slicer, slice the red pepper, chop shallot and garlic.

2. Melt coconut oil in fryin pan and add shallot and garlic, sautee for a few minutes then add pepper.
3. while doing that, pour can of tomatoes into small sauce pan, add oregano, basil, and cream. Heat on low until you are ready to add it to the "spaghetti"

4. Add Zucchini to the oil, garlic, shallot, and pepper. Sautee for about 5 minutes.

A lot going on here
5. Add sausage to the veggies and either just dump the sauce right into it , or you can leave the sauce on the side and allow people to add as much as they want.


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