Spicy Eggplant and Sausage Zucchini Pasta

Spicy Eggplant and Sausage Zucchini Pasta
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t like eggplant. Usually, I pick it out. I’m not a picky eater at all, but when it comes to eggplant, I’ve been spoiled: my grandfather’s eggplant’s the best.

He probably just soaks it in olive oil and that’s why I love it, but regardless, I’ve always had a hard time eating eggplant – the consistency always bugged me out!

Now look at me – posting up a recipe with eggplant! This recipe, made for KitchenAid, incorporates savory sausage, spice and zucchini noodles (how could I not love it?!)

Spicy Eggplant and Sausage Zucchini Pasta
I made this recipe using one of my KitchenAid nonstick skillets, which is key. I always use nonstick skillets – the stainless steel or nonstick variety don’t cook vegetable noodles well. The noodles break easily and stick to the bottom, causing them to rip.

So, if you’ve been following along to my recipes and shaking your fists at the screen, your frustration might be because you don’t have a nonstick skillet.

Spicy Eggplant and Sausage Zucchini Pasta
This recipe is perfect for a fall night, when the temperature has truly dropped and you want something comforting and warm, without breaking that diet bank. The fiber in the zucchini noodles fill you up, while the sausage and seasoned eggplant offer a deep, robust flavor indicative of an indulgent Italian pasta dish.

The parmesan cheese is completely optional, but really adds that needed creamy texture and extra salty, rich flavor.

Spicy Eggplant and Sausage Zucchini Pasta
To get the recipe, go to KitchenAid’s blog, The Kitchenthusiast.

On a completely separate note, I’m teaching an Inspiralized cooking class tonight at Kings Cooking School in Short Hills, NJ, 6:30-8:30pm. To sign-up for the class, click here. I hope to see you there!

Spicy Eggplant and Sausage Zucchini Pasta

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Have you entered into the spiralizer giveaway? There’s still time left! Paderno is offering 3 lucky Inspiralized readers one of their new 4-blade Spiralizers! Open to US addresses only. To enter to win, use the widget below. Good luck!

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What’s your favorite dish with eggplant?

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Comments

  1. I’ve been enjoying my spiralizer at least a few times a week for 4-5 months now, angel hair size noodles would add a whole new dimension to meal planning!

  2. I would love to win this!

  3. I’ve made Italiannsausage with spaghetti squash pasta, so good! Just a little cheese makes it great! Looking forward to trying this!

  4. This recipe sounds delish! Can’t wait to try :)

  5. I’m excited for the angel hair pasta option and the sturdier-looking base!

  6. I’m excited for the ribbon blade!!

  7. I made eggplant parm the other night when I received a large eggplant in my CSA. Salting before cooking is key!

  8. I’m thrilled about the new angel hair blade!

  9. I’m so excited for the new paderno spiralizer!

  10. I’m excited for the ribbon blade!

  11. I am interested to see how the new Inspiralizer works! And i’m especially excited to try this recipe tonight with our homegrown eggplant. YUM!

  12. Can’t wait to hear about the new blade!

  13. I’m looking forward to the angel hair blade!

  14. I am never able to find large enough carrots to spiralize and always end up having to julienne them, which takes FOREVER. So looking forward to being able to spiralize smaller vegetables!

  15. I love eggplant and am always on the lookout for a new way to make it. Thanks

  16. I think the labeled blades are gonna be so cool! Your carrot noodles came out super legit too. Niiice!

  17. I’d love to win!

  18. Angel hair blade. I use 2 big sweet potatoes spiralize Angel hair and do a twist on sweet brown sugar mash with cinnamon and oranges. Yum, thanks

  19. I grew some eggplant this year! Now I have an idea for using them and if I could win the new spiralizer I would be in eggplant heaven!

  20. I think the best part of the new Spiralizer is the drawers to keep things clean and organized.

  21. I, too, have a difficult time eating eggplant. I think it’s because the texture reminds me of the okra my Mother used to make: stewed. It was slimy. Eggplant has that same texture. I keep trying it over and over, hoping to find a recipe I will enjoy, perhaps this will be the one! I like the idea of the rest of the recipe, replacing the sausage for a plant-based variety of course, so perhaps it’s time to give it a shot once again! I’ll let you know how it works out. Thanks for the great recipes utilizing one of the best and easiest “kitchen tools” there is. My niece gave me one for my birthday last year and I thank her every day!

    As someone who doesn’t participate in twitter, it sure would be nice if you could another option. I do facebook and pinterest, but I’d LOVE to be able to score more entries! Thanks!

  22. Although the last thing I really need is another kitchen gadget, how could I pass up the opportunity to win this?! The angel hair blade looks awesome.

  23. Kinsey Kendrick :

    I would love love love to win one of these!!!

  24. I just discovered your site & I love the wealth of info you have here! I’ve recently been thinking about how to decrease my family’s bread & pasta consumption. Veggies noodles sound intriguing. I hope to try them soon! Thanks for this website — it’s wonderful!

  25. I love my Paderno, but the new one has a storage box — rather than popping out the blades I don’t use to keep them clean. Great idea! I tried spiralizing smaller carrots with no luck. The new one will handle those “normal” sized carrots. Great to add to my zucchini fritters!

  26. I like grilled or roasted eggplant. It does pair well with my favorite vegetable, zucchini. I would love to try your recipes with the new Paderno, especially the angel hair blade. I love your blog and look forward to your daily emails. Thank you!

  27. I cannot wait to use this new size blade for carrots and parsnips! You are the entire reason I bought the spiralizer and why I will probably buy the new one if I don’t win!!!

  28. Yum! I am putting this one shopping list to cook for dinner tomorrow!

  29. The addition of the 4th blade and the catcher for the noodles. Love the recipies!

  30. I love eggplant, but I totally get why so many people are weirded out by it’s texture. At least you found a way to enjoy it! And quite a delicious way, at that.

  31. Being able to spiralize smaller vegetables would be great!

  32. stephanie goodman :

    Eggplant Parm! :-D

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