Summer Squash Pappardelle with Sausage Ragout
Every day I hear from people who miss eating pasta while on a low carb or keto style diet. There's something about diving into a warm bowl of thick hearty noodles and sauce that is not only delicious, but comforts you body, mind and soul as well.
The good news? You don't need the carb overload of starchy pasta to actually GET what you crave! In this simple recipe, the mighty summer squash does all the work with a mere fraction of the calories. When topped with a hearty sauce like my sausage ragout, it's a home-run.
Unlike their thinner cousin, the "zoodle" or zucchini spirals, this thicker noodle holds up much better to a heavier sauce. As they are still tender and delicate when cooked, it's important NOT to over cook them.
Making them is easy!
* Hold the zucchini in your hand and cut strips from top to bottom using your vegetable peeler.
* When you get to the seeds, STOP.
* Rotate the squash 45 degrees and repeat the process.
* When you're finished, you'll have a seed "torpedo" that you can simply discard.
Voila! A perfect bowl of pappardelle noodles almost ready for your sauce.
4 C summer squash noodles
20 ounces (1 1/4 pounds) turkey sausage (85-94% lean)
2 C fresh chopped tomatoes or diced canned tomatoes (no sugar added)
1/2 T Stacey Hawkins Viva Italiano Seasoning (or basil, oregano, marjoram, onion and garlic)
1/2 T Stacey Hawkins Garlic Gusto Seasoning (or fresh garlic, paprika, parsley and onion)
Prepare noodles as directed and place them in a microwave safe bowl. Sprinkle with Dash of Desperation seasoning (or salt, pepper, onion, garlic and parsley).
Cut the sausage into 1/2" chunks).
Cook the sausage in a non-stick pan over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes until browned. Stir occasionally to get browning on all sides.
Add tomato sauce and seasoning to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium or low and simmer for just a few minutes until thick.
While sauce is simmering on the stove, microwave the noodles for one minute. (Alternate preparation- add the noodles to the sauce in the pan and stir to coat and cook, but only for one minute- DO NOT OVERCOOK!).
Plate 4 equal portions of noodles on to plates and top with sausage ragout. Enjoy hot!
Recipe Notes & Optavia Counts
Serving Size is 1/4 of recipe with sauce.
1 - Lean
0 - Leaner
0 - Leanest
3 - Green
1 - Condiments
0 - Healthy Fat
6 Weight Watchers Points
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