Spicy Sausage and Zucchini Pasta

Spicy Sausage and Zucchini Pasta from a Thousand Crumbs

This recipe came together in one of those moments when you look in your fridge and realize you have a bunch of random ingredients that you need to use up.  Some of my best meals are actually born out of this scenario!  This was so good when I made it the first time, I decided to write it down and perfect it for you guys.  After a few tweaks, I think it is finally ready to be shared!

If you’ve known me for a while, you know how much I love dishes that include all of the food groups, and come together easily. This pasta dish is packed with flavor, is healthy, and oh so hearty!  Even non-veggie lovers won’t complain!  I used spicy sausage, but you could easily swap out for fresh Italian as well.

Spicy Sausage and Zucchini Pasta

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Serves: 3-4 Cooking Time: 10 Minutes


  • 2 fresh spicy Italian sausages, casings removed. Sausage must be fresh, not cooked!
  • 1 zucchini, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce (I like Rao's Marinara)
  • your favorite pasta shape, cooked according to directions
  • fresh grated parmesan



In a large pan over medium heat, brown and crumble the sausage. When it is cooked through, add the zucchini and cook for 1-2 minutes.


Start adding the spinach leaves one cup at a time until it cooks down. Add the crushed garlic.


Pour pasta sauce over the veggies and sausage, and let simmer on low heat, covered, for 5 minutes to let the flavors blend.


Serve over your favorite pasta shape and top with fresh grated parmesan cheese.


Makes about 3 cups of sauce. I also make a bigger batch, and then freeze the sauce so I always have some handy.

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