Today we’re making zoodles with marinara sauce in 15 minutes! Last spring Ben & I traveled all around Italy. We took a cooking class in Florence, ate pizza at its birthplace in Naples, sipped Limoncello in Sorrento, and savored gelato in Cinque Terre. I was so impressed with the high quality of food there. I wistfully looked at the racks of cheese, fresh pasta, and piles of gelato in their markets, wishing that I could pack my suitcase full of all of those goodies! You’d expect the stunning sidewalk restaurant with it’s incredible chef’s and fresh food to be delicious, but even when traveling & having to eat on the go, the food was on another level. At train stations & airports in the US, your food options are usually McDonald’s & Subway. When we had to have dinner in the train station in Milan, we were served pasta made from scratch & got to watch as the chef trimmed fresh basil off of live plants in the restaurant for the the sauce. Here’s the amazing thing, we had our super fresh, super delicious food in 15 minutes! If they can do it, we can do it! Maybe with a little help…
I have continuously tried to recreate that super fresh & delicious feeling on our dinner plates at home. My parents are having a bumper crop of zucchini this year and I have been reveling in the fruits of their garden. What to do when you have tons of zucchini & a desire to be in Italy? Make zoodles!!! For those of you who haven’t tried zoodles, they are zucchini that has been spiralized into thin spaghetti like strips. You then cook it just like you would pasta, but with more vitamins & less carbs! I use an inexpensive, handheld spiralizer because its small and doesn’t take up much space. I have my eye on the big ones that give you different options so that you can have different shaped zoodles, but that will have to wait until we have a bigger place!
Step 1: Start browning your ground beef. This takes 5-8 minutes so get that going first.
Step 2: Spiralize your zucchini! Don’t be intimidated, its super fast. It long took me a few minutes, then I was done & ready to stir the ground beef.
Step 3: Add Mezzetta Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil marinara sauce to your ground beef.
Step 4: Saute your zoodles with olive oil & salt and pepper in a skillet for no more than 3 minutes.
Step 5: Serve zoodles on a plate, pour the ground turkey sauce over top, and enjoy!
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So what do you think? Are you on board with the home grown zucchini zoodle idea? Look at those chunks of garlic & basil in the Mezzetta Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil marinara sauce! It’s like Italy just poured out of the jar! The sauce is actually made with tomatoes from Italy’s San Marzano region and you can taste the difference. It makes the zoodles really taste like I’m eating a big plate of spaghetti! Today’s post is sponsored by Mezzetta, but my love for their Marinara products is all my own! I love purchasing from local companies (Napa) that have excellently sourced ingredients.
- 3 zucchini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt & pepper
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 jar Mezzetta Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil sauce
- Brown ground turkey in a large pan on the stovetop.
- Add 1 jar of Mezzetta Whole Garlic & Sweet Basil sauce to ground turkey.
- Bring to a simmer.
- Spiralize zucchini.
- Add to a hot pan on the stove top with olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt & pepper.
- Using tongs, gently toss on the stovetop for about 3 minutes. Be careful not to cook too long. You want it to still have a firmness to it.
- Toss zoodles with ground turkey sauce or pour on top.
- Serve hot!