Zucchini Noodles with Sausage, Cherries and Ricotta

Zucchini noodles with sausage, cherries and ricotta is a healthier way to get your pasta fix in the summer. A delicious combination of savory and sweet.

Things I love:

Sausage. (save the the twss comment. I know.) and I’m talking real sausage, not the chicken kind. I eat that too but greasy, pork sausage just can’t be beat.

On pizza? Best topping ever.

Zucchini noodles with sausage, cherries and ricotta is a healthier way to get your pasta fix in the summer. A delicious combination of savory and sweet.

Ricotta. (recent obsession documented in this grilled zucchini stack) I’ve eaten it for breakfast for the past 5 days straight.

My zucchini spiralizer/julienne thingy. Because zucchini noodles are fun.

Cherries!

Now that they’re reasonably priced, I’m buying obscene amounts of them. I thought I had every kitchen gadget I could possibly need but a cherry pitter might be worth the $12.99 price tag even if it only gets used for 1 month out of the entire year. Those pits are a bitch when you’re using a knife.

Italian sausage, ripe summer cherries a creamy ricotta combined with zucchini noodles in this lighter summer dish.

So…I combined them all into a “pasta”.

The other night, Ulysses was tasked with getting dinner together. He was off and I was working out, so I left it in his hands.

I should’ve known better than to expect anything other than whatever freezer to meal food we had on hand. I got a plate of cooked (frozen) cauliflower + lettuce + cherry tomatoes + frozen tortellini. He called it “cauliflower pasta” when I walked in the door and asked what he had made.

For a split second I actually thought he somehow managed to make pasta out of cauliflower.

Clearly, the 16 minutes of tabata I had just done messed with my brain.

Zucchini noodles are a healthy alternative to traditional pasta in this dish with Italian sausage, cherries and ricotta.

Then when I told him what was for dinner the following day and said “zucchini pasta” in reference to this meal he looked at me and said “but where’s the pasta?”

Guess we’re even.

I’m a big fan of zucchini noodles.

Zucchini noodles with avocado cream sauce was the first recipe I tried them in and I’ve been hooked ever since, even recreating them in this zucchini noodles with creamy roasted tomato basil sauce the following year.

Why I Love Zucchini Noodles

They’re the perfect way to still get the “feel” of a traditional pasta dish with lot less calories and some extra vegetable nutrition.

Swap out rice noodles or wheat pasta for zucchini noodles and then adding delicious Italian sausage and creamy homemade ricotta to a meal like this one comes with zero guilt. 

Spiralizer vs. Julienne Peeler

You can make zucchini noodles like I did here in this recipe with a julienne peeler or, you can use a spiralizer. Each have their pros and cons which I talk about in this zucchini noodle recipe if you’re interested.

The spiralizer gives you more flexibility than the julienne peeler and then you can make all sorts of non-traditional noodles like in this roasted winter root vegetable salad or these butternut squash noodles.

The julienne peeler is a more affordable option though and many of the zucchini noodle recipes you see on this site (like this one!) were made with that before I upgraded to the spiralizer.

Either option is great and the perfect way to get these zucchini noodles with sausage, cherries and ricotta on your table!

Try Chinese chicken zoodles or Thai chicken zucchini noodles too!

Yield: 2 servings

Zucchini Noodles with Sausage, Cherries and Ricotta

Zucchini Noodles with Sausage, Cherries and Ricotta
Zucchini noodles with sausage, cherries and ricotta is a healthier way to get your pasta fix in the summer. A delicious combination of savory and sweet.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini, cut into thin strips or turned into pasta using a spiralizer or julienne peeler.
  • 1/2 lb. sweet Italian pork sausage
  • 1/4 small bulb of fennel, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cherries, pitted & quartered
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Remove sausage from casing and cook in skillet, breaking into smaller pieces with a spatula or wooden spoon. Cook until no longer pink, set aside.
  3. Combine zucchini, fennel and basil in a large bowl.
  4. Whisk together the olive oil, honey & lemon juice and pour over the zucchini mixture. Toss to coat thoroughly.
  5. Plate the zucchini mixture, add the sausage and cherries and top with a few dollops of ricotta.
  6. Season with salt & pepper to taste

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15 Comments

  1. Regan @ Cabot Creamery

    I love my zucchini peeler too, but I’m not sure I’m using it effectively. Do you try to julienne down the entire zuke? And do you peel all the way in? I feel like when I get to the seedy section it’s just a mess and I move along to a new zucchini. Thoughts?

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Yeah, I do the whole thing. When I get to the seedy part, the strips tend to break a bit but I just power through ;) There’s always a bit left at the end that is too difficult to get with the peeler so I just julienne it with a chef’s knife. I find using the peeler on each side of the zuke (like making a square out of it) is the easiest/most efficient way. It’s never perfect though.

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  2. Candace @ Cabot

    I love every single ingredient in this recipe and I never would have put them together. Cannot wait to try this. I even have the zucchini spiralizer/julienne thingy AND a cherry pitter!

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  3. Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective

    This is my kind of recipe! I have been making zucchini pasta a ton this summer. Usually, I just top it with spaghetti sauce, but I love your fresh version. Ricotta and good quality sausage is a winning combo! It reminds me of some calzones I used to eat all the time growing up.

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