Zucchini Noodles with Sausage

serves 1

  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Italian sausage
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • a pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated Parmesan cheese

After zucchini has been shredded with a box grater, let sit in a dish towel for 4 minutes. Squeeze the excess water from the zucchini and set aside.

Heat half the olive oil in small skillet over medium high heat. Take sausage out of its casing and brown in skillet, making sure to break up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, about 4-5 minutes. When sausage is cooked thoroughly, add the marinara sauce, dried basil, and red pepper flakes and simmer for 2 minutes, or until marinara has been heated through. Transfer sauce to a bowl, and wipe skillet clean.

Add the remaining olive oil to skillet and cook zucchini for 2-3 minutes, until slightly softened. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, transfer zucchini noodles to a bowl and top with half the mozzarella. Spoon the meat sauce over the zucchini and top with remaining mozzarella as well as the Parmesan.