Zoodles > Noodles all day everyday
I am head over heels in love with the spiralized veggie trend. Zucchini and yellow squash, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, and apples are some of the more popular vegetables and fruit to be used in inspiralizing ways. Zoodles (aka: zucchini noodles) are a personal fave as a replacement for Italian-style pasta dishes.
Now, before I get into the oodles of reasons I love zoodles, I want to state that you do not need to own a fancy or expensive device to make your own vegetable noodles. The veggetti is a small, inexpensive, easy-to-use device for making perfect zucchini noodles. Further, due to the overwhelming popularity of spiralized vegetables, they can often be found pre-made in the produce section of most grocery stores.
My zucchini linguini turkey bologense is sooooo easy to make and I promise, you will not miss your pasta. I’ve even walked into my apartment finding my “not a fan of vegetables” fiancé cooking away – now that is what I call a success! The beauty of this dish is that even in all it’s simplicity, there is still so much flavor. And if you find yourself wanting a little pasta, there is no crime in mixing in some whole-wheat or gluten-free spaghetti. Just as long as you’re including all the veggies too!
Using ground turkey for the bolognese, makes this dish lean, yet packed with protein. Of course, you may use ground beef or ground chicken if you prefer – or leave out the animal protein altogether and make this dish vegetarian. As I always try to reiterate – the beauty of cooking is that you make the rules. I am simply providing some guidelines and inspiration.
A major reason I love zoodles is because your eyes trick your brain and stomach into thinking you are eating a big bowl of pasta. You feel satisfied at the end of your meal, not stuffed or sick. And may just have room for a little dessert to top off the night.
So get cooking my little clementines! Share your favorite spiralized vegetable dishes with me and it might just be featured.
- Prep Time: 10m
- Cook Time: 30m
- Total Time: 40m
- Serves: 4 people
- Category: Main Meals
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 yellow onion, chopped OR 1 cup carrot, celery, onion mix pre-chopped (found at most grocery stores)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 medium zucchinis OR 1 container pre-spiralized zucchini (found at most grocery stores)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 c tomato basil sauce (my favorite is Rao's Tomato Basil Sauce)*
- 1/4 c parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- Over medium heat, drizzle olive oil in a large skillet. Once hot, add chopped vegetable mixture and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add ground turkey to the pan and cook through, until mostly browned.
- Season with salt and pepper. Add spiralized zucchini, tomato sauce, and cheese, and combine so sauce and cheese are evenly distributed over food.
- Turn heat down to low, cover, and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Serve in individual bowls, sprinkle with desired toppings, and enjoy while hot!
- * If using store bought sauce, make sure all ingredients are real and recognizable. Rao’s and Cucina Antica are my personal favorites.