If you have been on Pinterest or a Paleo blog in the last 6 months, you must have seen a recipe using the best thing since sliced bread, Zoodles! Spirally oddles of noodles made with zucchini. Naturally gluten and grain free and virtually carb free noodles.
We have been wanting to try these puppies for a while, cuz we wanted to see how they would pan out. Do they work? Are they even good? Will they curb that comfort food craving for carbs? I am happy to say that the answer to these questions is a resounding YES!
The first time we tried to make these, they didnt work so well, but we didnt have a spiralizer. We just tried to use this julienne tool. No deal. On the second attempt we had a spiralizer and it worked like a charm. It made long spirally noodles that we baked in the oven for 15 mins as we had read on a blog a while ago called California Country Gal where the she said to make sure to salt them and then bake them in the oven on paper towel to get rid of some of the moisture. She actually has a great post on how to make zoodles!
We havent tried to make zoodles without doing this, but it seemed to work well.
On to the delicious sauce…
Have I mentioned before how much we love Cauliflower sauce? We figured what better to top super healthy and low carb zoodles with than supper healthy and delicious sauce made with cauliflower, tomatoes and farmer sausage! This sauce is so easy and it tastes amazing. Even the boys will love it and they wont even know its good for them!
Rosé sauce is usually made with tomatoes, heavy cream and cheese. This version is all vegetables cooked and then pureed in broth while still tasting decadent and as comforting as the original.
These zoodles are going to become a staple in both our homes, just like the cauliflower sauce has. If you have been wanting to give these a try for a while, I say go for it! You wont be disappointed…
We love how it tastes and also how nutritious and good for you this dish is. Its also a great way to use up all that zucchini in your garden!
There are times when I dont feel like making zoodles and I want the real deal pasta. This sauce tastes amazing with my gluten free pasta as well.
- FOR THE SAUCE
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 5 - 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 head cauliflower, washed and chopped into pieces
- 3 cups chicken broth
- couple chili flakes (optional) (I like them!)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
FOR THE ZOODLES
- 1 good-sized zucchini per person
- ¼ tsp sea salt per zucchini
- 1 tsp olive oil per zucchini
FOR THE DISH
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 ring farmer sausage, raw or cooked, cut into bite sized pieces
- ½ - 1 onion, chopped
- 1- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cups green beans, cut into bite sized pieces
- FOR THE SAUCE
- In a big pot, heat the oil on medium.
- Add the onions and saute for a couple mins till they start to get soft. Add the garlic and saute for 1 min. Add the chili flakes if you like.
- Add the tomatoes and stir them for a couple mins. Then add the cauliflower and the broth and bring to a boil.
- Cover and simmer the sauce till all the vegetables are very soft. Remove from heat.
- Puree the mixture. You can use an immersion blender, an upright blender, a magic bullet... whatever you have. Just make sure that you get all the lumps out of the sauce.
- Pour it back into the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.
FOR THE ZOODLES
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Use the sprialiazer to make noodles out of your zucchini
- Lay them on a paper towel lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with Sea Salt and top with another layer of paper towels.
- Throw them in the oven for about 15 mins. When you take them out, blot them with the paper towel to get rid of excess moisture.
- Toss them in olive oil or coconut oil. (This will prevent them from getting soggy)
FOR THE DISH
- Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat.
- Add the farmer sausage (if its raw) and the onion and saute for a few mins.
- Add the green beans and tomatoes and stir for a couple mins. Then add the farmer sausage if you have pre-cooked farmer sausage.
- Pour in the cauliflower sauce and stir well.
- Then you can either put some zoodles on a plate and pour the sauce on top, or you can add the zoodles to the sauce first and then serve. Up to you.
- Top each plate with parmesan cheese if you like (we do!) and serve!