Zoodles with Sausage Pasta Sauce (Gluten-free, Paleo)

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This is such a delicious meal that I know you’ll want to make it often! The sauce is luxuriously rich, thick and sensational tasting.  And, the homemade sauce is very easy to make. So, dinner on the table in about 30 minutes…Oh yeah! Each serving has only 193 calories, 7 grams of fat and just 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

1 cup onions, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 reduced-fat chicken sausages, cut into small, bite size pieces, see shopping tips

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 (14.5-15 oz) can crushed tomatoes (~2 cups)

1 teaspoon sugar (leave out for Paleo)

½ teaspoon dried Italian seasonings

⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 large zucchini (to make 4-6 cups cooked zoodles), see shopping tips

Parmesan cheese, for topping, if desired


Instructions

1. Cook the onions by placing in a microwave-safe plate or bowl and cooking for 1-2 minutes, to soften. Next, in a medium or large saucepan, heat oil. Add sausage pieces, cooked onions and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, sugar, Italian seasonings, red pepper flakes and a little salt and pepper. Bring to a light simmer. Cover and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.

2. In the meantime, prepare the zoodles. See prep and shopping tips, below. Place raw zoodles in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in microwave for about 2 minutes, until soft. Divide cooked zoodles among each plate. Top each serving with ¾ cup sauce. Sprinkle each with a little Parmesan cheese, if desired.

3. This sauce freezes great.

Makes 4 servings. Each serving, about 1-1½ cups zoodles and ¾ cup sauce.


Prep Tips
The best and easiest way to make zoodles is with the Veggeti Spriral Vegetable Slicer. See shopping tips. If you don’t want to buy one, you can use a julienne peeler, vegetable peeler or mandolin. Using a vegetable peeler will make your noodles much wider but will still taste good.


Shopping Tips

Trader Joe’s has a terrific selection of reduced-fat chicken sausages.  I love their garlic herb but they sell other varieties such as, chicken apple, spicy Italian, and spicy jalapeño.  Each 12 oz package contains 4 fully cooked sausages.  The garlic herb contain 130 calories, 7g fat, 17g protein, 0g carbs, 0g fiber, 510mg sodium, 0g sugar.

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your town, look for other reduced-fat brands in your supermarket.  Most of these sausages have from 6-8 grams of fat each. I also like Brat Han’s line of healthy, fully cooked sausages sold at Whole Foods. Jody Maroni’s Smoked Chicken Apple Sausages would also work for this recipe. Or, use your favorite fully cooked sausages. 

Although there are many zoodle makers on the market, the easiest one to use and the most inexpensive one is called Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta. It costs about $10. Click on the link to buy it on Amazon.com

This is another favorite zoodle maker. Also very easy to use.
Veggetti Pro Table-Top Spiralizer, Quickly Spiral Slice Vegetables into Healthy Veggie Pasta


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1-1½ cups zoodles & ¾ cup sauce)
194 calories, 7g fat, 1g sat. fat, 33mg chol, 13g prot, 23g carbs, 7g fiber, 525mg sod, 6g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
100 calories, 1g sat. fat, 9g protein, 1g sugar