- 2 tablespoons coconut or extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 more for the sauce
- 6 organic zucchini
- 1 clove garlic, minced — plus 4 cloves minced for the sauce
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- ½ cup carrot, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- a pinch of red chile flakes (optional)
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 pound mild Italian sausage (chicken) – buy in bulk or remove casings from actual raw sausages
- 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
- 1 cup diced button or shiitake mushrooms
- (1) 24-ounce jar of Rao’s Marinara Sauce (or other brand that doesn’t include sugar or preservatives)
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons double-concentrated tomato paste (the kind that comes in a toothpaste-like tube)
- 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 2 bay leaves
- 1-2 cups of low sodium, gluten free broth (or homemade)
- Additional sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Italian parsley, chopped (for garnish)
- Non dairy "parmesan" (optional) — store bought or homemade
First, get the sauce going: heat 2 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the onion, carrots, and celery— sauté for 10-15 minutes, until the onion is tender and starting to brown.
Throw in the garlic (the 4 cloves, minced) and red pepper flakes, and cook for about a minute, stirring.
Crumble the turkey and chicken sausage into the pot and sauté, stirring frequently, until cooked through.
Add in the cauliflower, mushrooms, marinara sauce, pumpkin, tomato paste, oregano, bay leaves, and 1 cup of the broth.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add extra broth for a thinner consistency if desired. Discard the bay leaves and adjust seasonings for salt and pepper.
When the sauce is done, prepare the noodles. Run the zucchini through the spiralizer to make vermicelli-style noodles.
Warm the olive oil in a wide pan for a minute, then add the minced clove of garlic. Stir for a minute so it won’t burn.
Add the noodles and cook for a minute or two, until the zucchini are softened but still somewhat al dente (they can turn mushy quickly). Stir to make sure the noodles are coated with olive oil.
Arrange noodles onto plates, and ladle sauce over each serving.
Finish with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, cracked pepper, parsley and non dairy "parmesan."
It looks like this requires a lot of ingredients, but it actually comes together quickly once you’ve done the prep.
It might be tough to pull off on a weekday, but this is a great choice for a Sunday afternoon kitchen sesh. The recipe makes a large batch that will provide leftovers later in the week.