One of the things I love about blogging is the creativity of all of you. This recipe comes from a recipe I posted back in December of 2008… back what just a few kind souls were reading this little corner on the web.
Seeing this recipe a few months ago just made my day. When I saw that she added maple sausage and spaghetti noodles, I knew it would be even better than the original. And, it was.
Zucchini Maple Sausage Pie – Inspired by Sandra
- 4 C sliced zucchini (sliced 1/4 inch thick)
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- sea salt, to taste
- 1/2 lb. Italian turkey sausage*
- 1/8 C maple syrup
- 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced
- 2 C cottage cheese
- 1 C cooked, whole wheat spaghetti or linguini noodles
- 4 oz. Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
Begin by slicing the zucchini into rounds about 1/2 inch thick. Place these slices in a large bowl and toss with olive oil.
Place the zucchini on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Roast in an oven heated to 450; roasting for 15ish minutes until softened and slightly browned on the bottom.
Meanwhile, brown the ground turkey sausage. Add in the garlic and Italian seasoning while the turkey sausage browns.
White the Italian sausage browns, being boiling a pot of water for your pasta.
Back to the browning sausage now; add in the maple syrup and stir to mix well. Continue heating the mixture until the maple syrup kind of begins to thicken around the sausage. Then, add in the tomato sauce. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until zucchini and pasta are ready.
Remove the zucchini from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
Lightly grease an 8x8 glass baking dish. Arrange 1/3 of the sliced zucchini on the bottom of the pan.
Spread 1/2 of the Italian sausage mixture over the top.
Then, drop 1 C of cottage cheese over the top of the sauce.
Place 1/2 of the prepared pasta over the cheese layer.
Layer on the next 1/3 of the zucchini.
Top with the remaining sauce, and then the remaining cottage cheese.
Then, add those noodles again. Top with remaining zucchini.
Sprinkle the cheese over the noodles.
Bake the dish, uncovered, at 325 for 35-40 minutes.
*If you have maple seasoned sausage, omit the maple syrup.