I love sitting down to dinner with a big bowl of homemade pasta. Zucchini pasta, that is. This dish satisfies my craving for doughy white noodles (the stuff with little to no nutritional value that gushes sugar into the bloodstream). It also boosts my daily dose of fiber and valuable phytonutrients. Bonus: these noodles are fun to make!
When it comes to preparing zucchini pasta, there are special kitchen tools that will help you create a more pasta-like result. Here are two options:
This is the easiest and safest kitchen tool to use. It also yields noodles that most resemble the real thing.
This tool is more time-consuming, and your noodles won’t be as curly as they are with the spiralizer, but you will still get a nice noodle. (Please note: The mandolin blade is very sharp. Use the finger guard and perhaps a safety glove. Be very careful to avoid cutting yourself).
- 2-4 zucchini squash (any color but I always use at least 2 green ones)
- 3 medium sized tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper, cut in half
- 1 celery stalk, cut into 4 pieces
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ cup raw cashews
- Sea salt, to taste
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- To make noodles, follow specific instructions of kitchen tool you have chosen. For spiralizer, spin zucchini one at a time. For mandolin, use thinnest setting to first slice zucchini. Then stack zucchini slices and cut into thin strips to look like long skinny noodles. Set noodles aside in a bowl.
- To make Creamy Raw Tomato Sauce, mix together tomatoes, red bell pepper, celery, garlic and cashews in a high speed blender. Blend until creamy.
- Lightly toss pasta in sauce and season with salt and pepper to your taste.
Facts about Zucchini:
We think of zucchini as a vegetable, but if you ever get this question in a trivia quiz, “is zucchini a vegetable or a fruit?” the correct answer is “fruit.” Don’t let that throw you off your eating green game, however. Zucchini has both a high water and high fiber content, which means you will feel fuller longer. Consider slicing up zucchini as a mid-afternoon snack, too!