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Zucchini Sausage Pasta

 Zucchini Sausage Pasta
"My husband and I enjoy the hearty flavor combinations in this meal," relates Karen Martis form Merrillville, Indiana. She often makes it with orzo and uses a can of zucchini in tomato sauce to speed preparation even further.
7 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.


  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup picante sauce
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked small shell pasta
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook and crumble sausage over medium
  • heat until no longer pink. Add zucchini; saute 2 minutes longer.
  • Drain. Stir in tomato sauce, picante sauce, onions, garlic, sugar
  • and Italian seasoning. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5
  • minutes.
  • Stir in pasta and Parmesan cheese; heat through. Remove from the
  • heat. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese; cover and let stand for 5
  • minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 7 servings.
Nutritional Facts:Nutritional Analysis: One serving (1 cup) equals 240 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 1,090 mg sodium,

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Zucchini Sausage Pasta (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.