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sausage parmesan zucchini pasta on a green plate

Sausage Parmesan Zucchini Pasta Skillet

Zucchini pasta with sausage and Parmesan is a quick and delicious skillet meal where the zucchini replaces pasta! This delicious zucchini noodles recipe cooks up quickly and is packed with flavor!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Sweating the zucchini 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 389kcal
Author Amee


  • Skillet


  • 4 zucchini spiral sliced or julienned (see ordering info for the fabulous slicer below)
  • 2 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 lb mild Italian Sausage casings removed (I used organic Italian chicken sausage)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ sweet onion finely diced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  • Slice zucchini and place in a colander over a large bowl.         
  • Salt zucchini liberally and set aside for 30 minutes.  Do not skip this step! It makes the zucchini turn out more like noodles by reducing the water content.
  • After the excess water has drained from the zucchini, rinse zucchini well (very important or you will have a salt overload) and squeeze out excess water.
  • Pat zucchini dry with paper towels and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Cook onion, garlic, and sausage until sausage is lightly brown.
  • Add pepper flakes and zucchini to the pan.
  • Toss to combine and cook for 3-4 minutes to soften the "noodles" and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Toss with parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh parsley.


Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 2mg