I love love love a really good pasta dish, but I really hate gluten free noodles. They taste like cardboard to me and like they are trying too hard to be like regular wheat noodles when they are not. Every brand i’ve tried has been an epic fail. Last year I started using spaghetti squash which is a super delicious replacement for noodles for anyone eating gluten free. The only problem is spaghetti squash takes too long to make. Especially for a week night. So my new obsession is zucchini noodles. Don’t fret if you don’t have a spiral veggie device. You can just use a vegetable peeler to get basically the same thing. Zucchini noodles are delicious, better for you than gluten free noodles, and super fast to make. So this is my recipe for making your own gluten free and paleo pasta. This is a very modified version of this recipe which is also super delicious. But I can’t have noodles so this is how I make it:
Time: 30 minutes
Here is what you need:
1lb. Spicy Chicken, Pork, or Turkey Sausage
1 Pckg Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Crushed Garlic
1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 package fresh Arugula
Here is how you make it:
1. Heat a large sauté pan to medium and sauté garlic and olive oil until aromatic but not burned.
2. Remove sausage from casing and add to the garlic and olive oil. Cook on medium all the way through. Use a potato masher to break up the sausage into smaller pieces.
3. While the sausage is cooking, peel the zucchinis with a vegetable peeler and throw skin away. Create zucchini spirals with a spiraling tool or use a vegetable slicer to create zucchini “noodles”.
4. Remove any excess fat from the meat.
5. Add the tomatoes to the meat and cook covered for 3-5 minutes until soft.
6. In a separate pan, Sauté zucchini noodles with olive oil, 1 tsp garlic, and 1 tsp crushed black pepper until cooked but still slightly crunchy.
7. You know the tomatoes are done when they crush with very little effort. Once they are done, use a potato masher or large spoon to crush up tomatoes, add crushed red pepper, and stir sauce all together.
To serve, place cooked zucchini in a bowl, cover with arugula, add sauce and mix to combine.
I hope you enjoy this super delicious spaghetti recipe!