Clare Kelly

Poodles. But not as you know them.

Clare Kelly
Poodles. But not as you know them.

The other day, an email popped into our inbox from the team at It's Pepper Time (not to be confused with 'it's hammer time'). It was all about poodles...
Up until now, the only poodles I've known have curly hair so this was a bit confusing. 

Now we've seen courgetti and caulirice and other vegetable alternatives but poodles are spiralized peppers which act as an excellent substitute for noodles or spaghetti but can also be used in a wide selection of different dishes.

We love the look of this one! So whatever you're doing...Woah stop! Pepper time!

Herby Sausage Meatballs with Poodles and Tomato Sauce


(Preparation Time: 25 minutes, Serves: 2)


400g pack of good quality herby sausages
1 tsp fennel seeds
Olive oil
Couple sprigs of rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tin plum tomatoes
Sprig of basil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
3 orange peppers
Salt and pepper


Add the minced garlic and a good lug of olive oil to a medium sized saucepan over a low heat, sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the tinned tomatoes and a sprig of basil to blip away whilst you prepare the rest of the dish.

Fit a spiralizer with the slicing attachment, remove the green stalks from the peppers and turn into noodles.

Squeeze the meat from the sausages and roll into walnut sized balls. Bash the fennel seeds in a pestle and mortar to break them up a little. Add a good lug of olive oil to a frying pan along with the fennel seeds, meatballs and rosemary sprigs, fry until the meatballs are tinged brown and cooked through.

Taste the tomato sauce and adjust the seasoning, adding in a tsp of balsamic to enrich the sauce.

Plate the pepper poodles on to 2 plates top with the tomato sauce and meatballs to serve.

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