My ode to butternut squash noodles

Ever since going gluten free (okay, like 90% gluten free), I have been craving a good bowl of pasta with meat sauce.

Everyone told me that zoodles were the perfect substitution for my old favorite, the whole wheat noodle, but they were wrong, really wrong.

Don’t get me wrong, I love zoodles. They are great with some some other sauteed veggies and a light tomato sauce. When it comes to a gluten free substitute that can stand up to a hearty meat sauce though, butternut squash noodles (specifically the butternut squash zig-zags from Trader Joe’s) are hands down, the best.

More like a fussili noodle than a spaghetti noodle, the butternut squash zig-zags are heartier and take longer to cook but their flavor is mild and goes so well with a simple meat sauce made with grass fed beef, tomato sauce, and a few herbs and spices.

Here is my super easy recipe for the meat sauce that I make with my butternut squash zig-zags. I hope you like it!


1 pound grass fed/organic ground beef browned and seasoned with salt and pepper

1 12 oz can of tomato sauce

1 shallot (or 1/4 of a red or yellow onion) diced

1-2 cloves of garlic diced

olive oil

salt and pepper


In a pan over medium heat add about 1 tbsp of olive oil. Saute garlic and shallot and then add beef. Mix the garlic and shallot in with the beef and then add the tomato sauce.  Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer on very low heat for a few minutes before adding to fully cooked butternut squash zig-zags. Serve immediately.




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