10-Minute Dinner: Italian Sausage, Parmesan & Zucchini Pasta

zucchini pasta with pesto


I love cooking. Sometimes.

Other times, I love dinners that dirty only a couple dishes and take only a few minutes to make.

Enter: 10-Minute Dinners.

This one is a go-to in my house (especially now that I’m pregnant and tired).

Italian Sausage with Pesto, Parmesan, and Zucchini

2 Medium sized zucchinis, spiralized or julienned
2 Italian Sausages, casing removed (or just buy the kind without a casing and get about 1/2 lb or so)
1/4 cup (or more) parmesan
1/2 – 1 cup pesto (green or red pesto work awesomely in this)

Directions: Put two pans on the stove and heat both to medium high. In one pan, add the sausage and cook it completely. While the sausage is cooking, spiralize the zucchini and add it to the other pan with a bit of olive oil. Once the zucchini is tender (not mushy), drain off extra liquid if there is any (sometimes it can be really watery when you cook it, but I usually don’t drain it). Add the pesto and parmesan. When the sausage is cooked, add that too. Mix and serve. This should take 10 minutes total! If you’re slow at spiralizing, it may take you a bit longer.

This serves two people in my house.

Note: you can definitely add anything you want to this—Mushrooms! Broccoli! Peppers! It just takes longer if you have to chop more veggies.

Try it please and let me know what you think!

News/Notes: We saw Baby E yesterday–he is half-baked, as they say. It’s a boy, by the way. Have I told you that yet? It’s not a secret—and we’re naming him Evan. How’s that for being anti-climatic about delivering the news? He’s 100% healthy according to the ultrasound, and he is either going to be a dancer or a kickboxer based on his activity level. Dave asked me if we could post an ultrasound pic on facebook and I said please, no. I’d like the inside of my uterus to stay between family members. But I will admit that I love looking at the pics of his little lips and nose. His arm bones look pretty cute too—but ultrasound pics are generally most appreciated by parents (and parents of parents) don’t you think?

Also, we’re moving! March 1… to Marina del Rey. I’m so excited–it’s a brand new apartment between the marina and the ocean. And my cousin and her fiance are moving to the same place—we have a courtyard view and they have an ocean view, so we’ve got big plans for all times of the day. You know, coffee in the morning and cocktails in the evening… (I’ll just watch that part for a while). We have friends down the street and more a couple miles away from there too, so it’s going to be a huge quality of life bump. I may be hopping a flight to NY tomorrow for a family emergency, but no final word on that just yet. Just cross your fingers for my Dad, please and thank you.

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