Zucchini and Yellow Squash Noodles with Turkey Sausage Bolognese is a dish so hearty and satisfying, you won’t miss the pasta! #eatseasonal

Zoodles with pasta sauce on a plate

I’m a little bit embarrassed that I bought a spiralizer that I had to have at the beginning of summer, then got so busy that it sat in the cabinet until I got back from vacation last week and used it.  Have you ever done that?  I also bought a pasta machine after I finished cooking school and it still sits in the boxed unused.  

These squash noodles happened first because they’re a lot easier to make than fresh pasta, and yeah…it does happen to be squash season, too. πŸ™‚

Zoodles with pasta sauce on a plate

The funny thing about my new spiralizer is that I didn’t realize there were no instructions in the box until I went to use it. 

I decided to wing it, and it was so easy to figure out that I was cranking out veggie noodles in no time.

Overhead shot of zoodles with pasta sauce on a plate

I spiralized my zoodles  using the thicker noodle attachment, and sautΓ©ed them up in a large pan with olive oil for about 3-5 minutes.  

You want them to be al dente just like pasta — we want a nice, little crunch, not soggy, lifeless squash noodles.

Close up of zoodles on a plate topped with pasta sauce

This pasta sauce is basically my trusty stand-by as I love using turkey sausage over beef on most days.  It’s loaded with turkey sausage and cremini mushrooms, and I always, always use San Marzano crushed tomatoes.  This sauce is full proof, and it freezes well.  For this recipe I used half of the batch, and froze the rest for a busy weeknight dinner emergency.

This meal is so hearty and delicious, you won’t miss the pasta one bit!  The squash noodles are every bit as satisfying, yet still light so you don’t feel weighed down.  And of course they’re naturally gluten free!

You betcha I won’t wait as long to use my spiralizer next time…I have endless ideas for other veggie and fruit noodles. 



Yield: About 4 servings, with about half a batch of sauce left for freezing

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Noodles with Turkey Sausage Bolognese

Zoodles with pasta sauce on a plate

Zucchini and Yellow Squash Noodles with Turkey Sausage Bolognese is a dish so hearty and satisfying, you won't miss the pasta!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For the turkey sausage bolognese:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. mild Italian turkey sausage
  • (2) 28 ounce cans crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • Β½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • Β½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the squash noodles:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • (2) small zucchini, stem and bottom removed
  • (2) small yellow squash, stem and bottom removed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated parmesan, for serving


    Prepare the bolognese:

    1. In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until the liquid evaporates and the mushrooms have softened and browned, about 5 minutes. Place in a bowl and set aside.
    2. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute 8 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and saute 30 seconds more. Add the turkey sausage to pan and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook about 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
    3. Add the crushed tomatoes, sugar, basil, parsley, oregano, mushrooms, and salt and pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20 - 30 minutes. Check the seasoning, and add more salt if necessary. You will only need half of the sauce for this recipe.

    Prepare the noodles:

    1. Spiralize the noodles according to your spiralizer instructions. Break up the noodles into about 5" lengths. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the squash noodles, salt and pepper, to taste, and saute 3-5 minutes, or al dente. Do not overcook.
    2. Place the noodles in a large bowl and toss with about half of the bolognese. The remaining sauce may be frozen for future use. Serve with grated parmesan and enjoy!

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 945mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 33g

    Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.


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