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Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce is one of my favorite Spiralizer dinners, and it’s something I make every summer! 

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When the Spiralizer first came out, I got a little obsessed with Zucchini Noodles, and Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce ended up being a dish I made over and over. Now years later, this is still a favorite zucchini noodle recipe, especially when I have cherry tomatoes that need to be used! So far anyone who hasn’t tried this amazing dish, I’m reminding you about it for my Friday Favorites post for today.

This recipe is all about the sauce, and if you have family members who aren’t watching carbs they can eat the Spicy Cherry Tomatoes, Sausage, and Herb Sauce over pasta and it will also be delicious. But this is a sauce that I think goes perfectly with zucchini noodles! Use your best olive oil, plenty of fresh chopped garlic, and generous amounts of chopped basil, oregano, and parsley, and I promise you’ll swoon over this sauce.

When I tested this recipe with my niece Kara, the entire time we were eating it we both kept saying over and over how good it was, and Kara reported that the leftovers were just as good when she reheated them. And if you’re already a confirmed zucchini noodle fan, check out Spiralizer Recipes for more tasty ideas for using them, because they’re the perfect low-carb idea when zucchini is plentiful.

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Making Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce

(Scroll down for the complete recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. I use uncooked turkey Italian sausage for this, but use pork sausage if you prefer. Heat some olive oil, squeeze the sausage out of the casings into the hot pan, and cook until the sausage is nicely browned, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. While the sausage cooks, cut enough cherry tomatoes to make 4 cups cherry tomato halves, and wash the herbs if needed.
  3. Remove oregano and basil from the stems, mince garlic, and chop up the basil, parsley, and oregano.  (I used the Herb Stripper (affiliate link) I got from my friend Wanda to strip the leaves off the oregano.  This little gadget also works well on thyme; thanks Wanda!)
  4. We used the Spiralizer (affiliate link) to make our zucchini noodles, but you can use any of the Three Ways to Make Vegetable Noodles I wrote about.  Use one small zucchini per person or one medium-sized one for every two people for the noodles.
  5. When all the veggies and herbs are prepped, heat cook the garlic and red pepper flakes in the oil for a few minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes and cook about 4 minutes.
  7. Then add the browned sausage, chopped basil, and chopped parsley and cook about 4 minutes more.
  8. Saute the zucchini in a separate pan for about 2 minutes.
  9. To serve, give each person a generous portion of zucchini noodles topped with sauce and freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

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I promise this Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce will be a hit with anyone you serve it to!

More Ideas with Zucchini Noodles:

Cold Zucchini Noodles ~ Aunt Clara’s Kitchen
Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Zucchini Pasta Primavera ~ Inspiralized
Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodle Salad  ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Zucchini Noodles with Avocado-Miso Sauce ~ Love and Lemons

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Try these Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce for a great summertime dinner!

 

Ingredients

  • 6 small zucchini (see notes)
  • 19.5 oz uncooked hot turkey Italian sausage
  • 4 cups cherry tomato halves
  • 8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 2 T minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1 T (or more) chopped fresh Greek oregano
  • 3  T (or more) chopped fresh basil
  • 3 T (or more) chopped flat or curly parsley
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy non-stick frying pan.
  2. Squeeze sausage out of the casings into the pan, and saute sausage over medium heat until it’s well-cooked and starting to brown, about 8-10 minutes.  (I like to use an old-fashioned potato masher (affiliate link) to break up the sausage while it cooks.
  3. While the sausage is cooking cut cherry tomatoes in half to make 4 cups sliced cherry tomatoes.
  4. Mince the garlic to make 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic.
  5. Wash the Greek oregano, basil, and parsley and pull oregano and basil off the stems; then chop the herbs.
  6. Use one of the Three Ways to Make Vegetable Noodles to make enough zucchini noodles for the number of people you’re serving.
  7. Grate Parmesan cheese.
  8. When the sausage is nicely browned, remove it and set aside.
  9. Put the 6 tablespoons of olive oil into the same pan, heat the oil over medium heat about one minute.
  10.  Then add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1-2 minutes (don’t let the garlic brown.)
  11.  Then add the cherry tomatoes and cook about 4 minutes, or until they’re starting to soften.
  12.  Add the cooked sausage, chopped oregano, chopped basil, and chopped parsley and cook about 4 minutes more.
  13.  When the sauce is nearly done cooking, heat the final tablespoon of olive oil in another pan over medium-high heat, add the zucchini noodles, and cook about 2 minutes, turning over occasionally.
  14.  The noodles should be barely soft, with a little crispness left.
  15.  Serve the hot noodles in individual pasta bowls, topping each one with a generous scoop of the sauce and freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Use one small zucchini per person or one medium zucchini for every 2 people. The sauce will keep in the fridge for several days and can be reheated in a microwave or on the stove. If you want to prep this ahead to have for another meal during the week, cut zucchini noodles will also store well, cook the noodles right before you eat them for best results.

Recipe inspired by too many cherry tomatoes in the garden and Kalyn’s infatuation with the Spiralizer.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 395Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 640mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 25g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in these Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce is a low-glycemic ingredient, and olive oil is a good fat, making this dish perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any type of low-carb eating plan. Low-carb or Keto diet followers may want to use higher-fat pork sausage.

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    6 Comments on “Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Cherry Tomato, Sausage, Garlic, and Herb Sauce”

  1. Yummy. I love it.

  2. Thanks Brian, glad you like the zucchini noodles and this sauce as much as I do!

  3. Great dish Kalyn – the sauce is awesome! We've been making use of the veggetti, thanks for turning us on to it.

  4. Lydia, I am totally in love with this sauce!

    Joanne, have fun with the Spiralizer. I can't wait to see what creative things you come up with!

  5. Guilty as charged! Now that we've finally unpacked, I am SO excited to use my spiralizer for the first time! This week is the week.

  6. Once again you've made the case for spiralized zucchini! This is a dish everyone in my family would love.