Healthy Zucchini Pasta
I love pasta. But I always wish there was a way to make it healthier. A healthy pasta dish would make me a very happy Italian girl.
Well, I found it! ZUCCHINI PASTA!
Back in October I had the squash fettuccine at Small Plates in Cambridge. I had been thinking of that “pasta” for months, until I finally decided to try and make it. For some reason I thought that I would need a special tool to make pasta out of zucchini, but I just used my normal vegetable peeler. I know some people (like The Fitnessista) make spiralized zucchini, but I do not have a spiralizer.
The process was really simple. I cleaned a zucchini, cut off both ends, and then used my vegetable peeler to make strips. I kept going until I got all the way down to the core where the seeds are. One normal zucchini makes about 1-1.5 cups of pasta. I then steamed the zucchini “pasta” for 2-3 minutes in salted water before topping it with my favorite pasta sauces. Be sure to strain the zucchini well because it gives off a lot of liquid.
The resulting healthy zucchini “pasta” tastes just like al dente pasta, and is the perfect vehicle for any sauce. I like it more than regular pasta because I really like big portions, but I don’t want to gain weight or feel sluggish. With zucchini pasta I can eat a HUGE bowl for less calories and carbohydrates than pasta, but I also get plenty of vegetable servings too! And it is really delicious.
The first sauce I tried was the pesto sauce featured above.
Other sauces PB and I ate with zucchini pasta:
-crushed tomatoes with mozzarella, garlic, and black pepper
-cannellini beans, Athenos feta, tomatoes and fresh basil
-just a touch of garlic, salt and pepper
For the record, PB loves it just as much as I do and asked that we make it at least once a week! I think that is a success!!!
If you have any other suggestions for sauces to eat with this pasta, please share. We are on a healthy zucchini pasta mission! You must try this technique!
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