This delicious recipe is fresh and light. When sauteed in garlic and pesto, the zucchini takes on these favors. Being very versatile, zucchini or yellow squash noodles can replace spaghetti, making it a very low-calorie dish.
Being very versatile, zucchini or yellow squash noodles can replace spaghetti, making it a very low-calorie dish.
Cut the ends off the zucchini and put through a spiralizer (Veggetti and Paderno both make these handy spiral cutting tools) or use a manual vegetable peeler to get long spaghetti-like strands. Set aside.
Add garlic, basil, pine nuts and olive oil into a food processor.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Cook chicken sausage until browned, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes.
Add mushrooms, tomatoes and onions to sausage in the skillet.
Stir until combined. It will create almost a stew.
Once vegetables are cooked through, add beans and salt and pepper to taste.
Heat another large skillet and add a tbsp. of olive oil.
Once heated, add the zucchini noodles, stirring occasionally.
Sauté until zucchini is slightly softened, about 6 minutes.
Add pesto to zucchini and stir until noodles are evenly coated.
Add Parmesan cheese and a dash of salt, if desired. Lower the heat.
Put noodles in a large serving dish and top with vegetable mixture.
Give it a toss, and top with more Parmesan cheese, if desired, and enjoy!
Cook’s Note: Most pesto recipes call for you to add grated Parmesan at the beginning, but I like to add it at the very end so you can really taste the cheese and use less of it or leave it out altogether if you do not eat dairy.
OPTIONAL for Non-Meat or Non-Dairy: Replace the sausage with vegetable sausage or spiced up crumbles and get the same delicious flavors. There are plenty of cheese alternatives available.
Wife and publicist of Dr. David Bernstein, Melissa has developed many clinical educational offerings online, published articles and co-authored several books over the years. Her love for cooking is put into action as she helps others live out the Power of 5 lifestyle!
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