Summer Squash Papparedelle 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 papparedelle noodles almost ready for your sauce.

Summer Squash Papparedelle with Sausage Ragout

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes

Servings: 4 Serving



  1. 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)

  2. Cut the sausage into 1/2" chunks)

  3. 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./step]

  4. 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.

  5. 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!)

  6. Plate 4 equal portions of noodles on to plates and top with sausage ragout. Enjoy hot!

    Serves 4

Nutrition Facts

Optavia Counts Per Serving

1 - Lean

0 - Leaner

0 - Leanest

3 - Green

1 - Condiments

0 - Healthy Fat

Weight Watchers Points
Per Serving

6 Weight Watchers Points

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Nutritional Data Information:

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guaran- tee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Very Well Fit. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.