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  • 1 cloves - garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups - fresh basil, or a little more, to taste
  • 1/4 cups - pine nuts
  • 1/4 cups - olive oil
  • - salt and pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable Saute
  • 1 tablespoons - olive oil
  • 2 packages - (6 count) Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage (or chicken sausage)
  • 1 cups - cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
  • 1 packages - cremini mushrooms, cleaned and chopped (keep in large pieces so kids can pick out if desired)
  • 1 cans - cannelloni beans (OR 2 cans, to taste), drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 - onion, sliced
  • - salt and pepper, to taste
  • Zucchini Noodles
  • 4 - yellow and green zucchini
  • 1 tablespoons - olive oil
  • - salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cups - parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • - package of regular noodles (for kids), optional
  • Directions:

    Cut ends off the zucchini and put through a spiralizer or use a vegetable peeler so you get long spaghetti-like strands. Set aside.

    Add garlic, basil, pine nuts and olive oil into food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside (Most pesto recipes call for adding parmesan at this point, but adding it at the very end brings out the parmesan taste while using less of it).

    Heat up a skillet on medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook chicken sausage until browned, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes.

    Add mushrooms, tomatoes and onions to sausage in skillet. Stir until combined, creating almost a stew. Once vegetables are cooked through, add beans and salt and pepper to taste.

    Heat another large skillet and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Once heated, add zucchini noodles, stirring occasionally. Saute until zucchini is slightly softened, about 6 minutes.

    Add pesto to zucchini and stir until noodles are evenly coated. Add parmesan cheese to zucchini and a touch of salt, if desired. Lower the heat.

    Put noodles in large serving dish and top with vegetable mixture (use slotted spoon to drain liquid from topping mixture when serving).

    Give it a toss, and top with more parmesan cheese, if desired.

    Brief Description

    Zucchini noodles mixed with pesto and served topped with Italian sausage and vegetables.

    Main Ingredient:

    Italian sausage

    Category:  Pork

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 20 min
    Cook Time: 20 min


    Natalie Morales - Today

    Posted On:

    March 4, 2017

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