A Pasta-free New Year!

Happy New Year!

So, I bought my first Spiralizer (the thing that turns veggies into noodles) about 2 year ago and I probably use it at least twice a week.  I picked it up from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, but they have tons on Amazon.  I've been trying to master the perfect "pasta" recipe using zucchini noodles (zoodles), and I think I'm pretty much there.  This is a very substantial meal because it feels like you are eating real pasta, but this version is SO much more nutritious.  It's also a very QUICK one pot meal for busy weeknights!

INGREDIENTS:

- 1 Zucchini

- 6-8 small turkey meatballs (I've also subbed this for shrimp - just as good)

- 3/4 cup chopped mushrooms

 - Vodka Sauce

- Garlic (in any form)

- Red Pepper flakes

- Parmesan Cheese

 

DIRECTIONS:

In a deep saucepan, sauté one teaspoon of garlic (or however much you can handle) on med-high heat. I prefer minced garlic. If you only have garlic powder, you can add it during the next step.

Once the garlic has browned, you'll want to cook your desired protein.  The photo shows turkey meatballs - I purchased the frozen kind from the grocery store that are fully cooked.  I microwaved them for about 45 seconds and then moved them to the saucepan to brown.  If you are using shrimp, I recommend using fresh shrimp as it cook in a matter of minutes.  

So now that your meatballs are browned, add the mushrooms and sauté for about 2 minutes to soften them up.

Now add the vodka sauce - It's the pink-orange-y colored sauce - not marinara, not alfredo, right in between.  Give everything a good stir and continue to cook on med-high heat for about 3 minutes.

While the sauce is cooking, it's time to make your zoodles.  Grab that handy spiralizer and "spiral" 1 zucchini.  You can "spiral" right over and into the pan.  Once all of the zoodles are added to the pan, reduce the heat to med-low heat and stir for no more than 2 minutes.  This step is to really heat up the zoodles - You don't want to overcook them, as they will get really mushy.  Just make sure the zoodles are warm enough and still have a little crunch.

You can go ahead and plate the noodles and add parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes to your liking.  In my opinion, the more red pepper flakes, the better!

I really hope you enjoy :)

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Feel free to swap out the meatballs for shrimp, chicken, tofu, or nothing at all! Any way you do it, it's going to be good!  This recipe is enough for 2 people, or maybe just 1 if you aren't willing to share ;)