My family is the type to go to an Italian restaurant and all order exactly the same thing: penne arrabbiata. I’m not sure if it’s out of fear that we may not love anything quite as much, or if we’re just all creatures of habit (maybe a healthy combination of the two?) but we love our spice and an arrabbiata is the most promising dish to get us there.
I love spiralizing zucchini for dinner because it’s so easy, but also makes you feel like you’ve made a gourmet meal. Every little bit of effort counts, am I right?
I’m trying to do this thing called “maybe start cooking more and stop buying Sweetgreen YOU CAN LITERALLY MAKE A SALAD YOURSELF, SAMAH.” And hmmm. What a concept. But this dish is my trusty maneuver.
Enjoy with a slice of garlic bread, and follow it with a coconut chocolate chip cookie and you’ve got yourself a satisfying meal, friends. And if you are vegetarian or vegan, try my Vegan Bolognese Zoodles!
Zoodles Arrabbiata with Veggies & Turkey Meatballs
- 1 zucchini (spiralized)
- 4 baby Bella mushrooms
- 1/2 bell pepper of choice
- 2 cloves fresh garlic (grated0
- 1/3 white onion (sliced)
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 2/3 cup arrabbiata pasta sauce (you can sub marinara and add extra chili flakes)
- Turkey meatballs of choice
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Chili flakes
Heat 1 TBSP of olive oil in a pan, and sauté fresh garlic and sliced onions until brown. Lightly season with garlic powder, onion, red chili flakes, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper (we will be seasoning more later!) Slice mushrooms, add to pan, and cook until soft. While mushrooms are cooking, add in sliced bell pepper and cook until these are soft as well. When your veggies are soft, go back and season with the spices you used earlier. Add in tomato sauce and cook for a few minutes. Toss in cooked turkey meatballs. Add in spiralized zucchini. Stir and sauté together until zoodles are cooked to your desired consistency. You can feel free to season to taste as these are cooking. Note that zucchini is a water dense vegetable, so I like to cook on medium until the liquid has cooked through and evaporated. Enjoy!