Low-carb Italian zucchini noodle and spaghetti bake with turkey sausage, mushrooms, and roasted peppers. It’s insanely flavorful and easy to make!
Meals with extra veggies are my favorite. But I know personally how hard it is to make meals for your family that everyone will enjoy. Well this zucchini spaghetti bake just has to be my favorite way. It’s basically a spaghetti bake with spiralized zucchini noodles and turkey mushroom pepper sauce. It’s baked with mozzarella cheese until bubbly hot. I love that it is a low-carb and family friendly pasta bake that is easy to make and leftovers are easy to reheat. And for added healthier boost – I can simply use whole wheat spaghetti.
HOW DO YOU MAKE ZUCCHINI NOODLES?
There are few ways you can make zucchini noodles. First way is to use a vegetable spiralizer like this one. However, if you do not have a vegetable spiralizer you can simply use a vegetable peeler to cut the zucchini into long thin ribbons and then stack them together and use a knife to cut the ribbons into thin noodles. Another option would be to simply cut the zucchini into long strips/matchsticks. Here’s a really great video on more ways to cut the zucchini noodles.
HOW LONG DO YOU BAKE A ZUCCHINI SPAGHETTI DISH?
For this specific recipe, you want to bake the zucchini bake for 30 minutes at a 350F oven covered and then 10 more minutes uncovered. Optional step – broil the zucchini bake for few minutes for a pretty golden top.
HOW TO MAKE ITALIAN ZUCCHINI SPAGHETTI BAKE – STEP BY STEP
Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add little bit of olive oil and cook the turkey sausage until no longer pink. Remove to a plate. Add few more tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and cook the onions, mushrooms, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
In the meantime, cook the spaghetti in salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and drain the rest. While the spaghetti is cooking, finish the pasta sauce: to the mushroom mixture, add cooked sausage, pasta sauce, and roasted peppers. Stir to combine. Then add reserved pasta water and 1 cup of cheese.
To assemble the zucchini bake: combine the spaghetti and zucchini noodles in a 9X9 baking dish. Spoon the sauce over the noodles and toss to combine. Cover and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Garnish with basil before serving.
TOP TIPS FOR MAKING ITALIAN ZUCCHINI SPAGHETTI BAKE
- Use good quality turkey sausage that is seasoned well. It will add so much good flavor to the sauce.
- Use flavored tomato pasta sauce, such as tomato basil, garlic, etc.
- You can use your favorite type of spaghetti, such as whole wheat, gluten free, chickpea, etc.
- Use a large vegetable blade to spiralize the zucchini vs. using a smaller blade. That way the zucchini noodles will be tender crisp when done cooking vs. soggy.
- Let your zucchini spaghetti bake rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. So the excess moisture in the dish has time to settle down and thicken.
MORE RECIPES WITH ZUCCHINI NOODLES
Tomato Basil Chicken with Zucchini Noodles
Creamy Pesto Shrimp Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini Lasagna Roll-Ups
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