sausage and zucchini ribbons

Being Italian and not being able to eat pasta* is somewhat of a tragic thing. But honestly? This “pasta” dish is so incredibly satisfying, that I barely notice the difference. Noodles, schmoodles. A rich, flavorful sauce is where its at. And as for those noodles, zucchinis make a fantastically fresh alternative to traditional gluten-dense noodles and hello – they’re fun to make. Older child activity perhaps?

Sausage & Zucchini Ribbons

  • 2 medium-sized zucchinis, peeled into ribbons
  • olive oil
  • 1 pound organic Italian sausage (confirm with the butcher that it’s dairy, sugar, soy and grain-free)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can diced organic tomatoes (or 4-5 diced garden tomatoes)
  • 1/2 can organic tomato paste
  • Italian seasoning
  • sea salt and black pepper

Sauce: In a large cast iron skillet, heat a few glugs of olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until golden. Add sausage and cook over medium-heat high until no longer pink. Add tomatoes, paste, 1/2 can water or stock, several more glugs of olive oil and seasonings to sauce. Simmer.

Zucchini Ribbons: Scrub zucchinis and cut off ends. Using a vegetable peeler, slice zucchini into long ribbons. When the ribbons become wide, rotate zucchini. Repeat on all sides. In a large pot, heat (salted) water to boiling. Drop zucchini ribbons in water and cook for one minute. Run cold water over ribbons; drain. Incorporate into sauce, reheat and serve while hot.

I served this alongside a green salad with homemade balsamic dressing. Mangia!

For a meatless zucchini ribbon dish, try this recipe from last year.

What dishes are you cooking up this summer?

* In the land of pizza and pasta, Italy is highly accommodating to those with gluten sensitivities – travelers and citizens alike. At a very young age, children are screened for Celiac Disease, which affects a not-so insignificant amount of citizens. Those with Celiac are actually given a stipend from the government for their food because gluten-free food costs more (apparently the selection is much better than in the States), and they are given multiple days off per month to shop for their food. So like, I want to move to Italy. Actually I should say, we want to move to Italy. Hmm…

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