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Zucchini “Pasta”

Zucchini Pasta with Sauce So easy and So good for you

To peel or not to peel, that is the question. Ha, I know I’m corny. It’s finally warm enough for me to go outside without my hat, gloves, scarf, and I think its put me in a corny mood. Anyhow, this zucchini “pasta” could not be easier. The biggest decision you have to make is whether or not you want to peel the zucchini. I decided not to peel mine. Mainly because I wanted it to look pretty, because we eat with out eyes as much as we do our stomachs,  but also because its healthier and adds a great al dente crunch.

I used my mandolin to cut the pasta into thin flat strips and then stacked them up and julienned them. But, you don’t need a mandolin to make this recipe. You can simply cut them into strips yourself. If you want a more uniform “noodle” a mandolin would be helpful. Once the noodles are cut, you simple steam them for about 7-8 minutes, or until they are cooked to your desired texture. If you don’t have a steamer, you can simple put a colander over a pot of boiling water and cover the top of the it with a large pot lid.

This recipe is an excellent alternative to traditional pasta. It works with just about anything you would normally serve with pasta. I have served it with our chicken cacciatore recipe we posted earlier this week, as well as just a traditional red tomato sauce.

Local Ingredient: Zucchini is a farmers market staple and is usually available from late spring through late summer, early fall depending on the region you live. 

Zucchini “Pasta”

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4

Ingredients

4-5 medium to large zucchini

pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cut the zucchini into thin strips using a sharp chef's knife or a mandolin. Then julienne them by stacking the strips and cutting them into long "noodles"
  2. Place the "noodles" into a steamer, toss in the pinch of salt and steam for 7-8 minutes or until they reach desired texture.
  3. Serve as you would spaghetti or fettuccine.
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Zucchnini Pasta SO GOOD


 

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