Friday, July 17, 2015

Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Pasta Sauce

One of my favorite vegetables in the summer is zucchini.  I know, most people are so sick of zucchini and try to give it away as the summer goes on.  I am not one of those people.  I think maybe because I haven’t had much luck growing zucchini in the past.  My mom would always tell me that I only needed one or two zucchini plants.  Unfortunately, I have squash bugs and cucumber beetles that enjoy eating my plants.  I’m hoping that the fact that we didn’t plant a garden this year, all those bugs decide to move on to someone else’s garden.


Even though I am not growing zucchini, it is still readily available at the farmers’ market and at our co-op.  With this fresh summer veggie there are so many recipes.  One that I started eating in the past couple years is zucchini as pasta.

Now, I do not have one of those cool spiralizers, so instead I spend the time to thinly slice the zucchini into long strips like spaghetti.  Then I place the “noodles” in a bowl and sprinkle with a little sea salt to soften them up.  At this point they can be treated just like pasta and put in your favorite pasta dish.


My absolute favorite way to eat pasta is with a fresh raw tomato sauce.  I chop a couple tomatoes, some mushrooms, mozzarella, garlic and basil and toss it with some olive oil and salt, and serve it over pasta. 

With the abundance of zucchini right now, I decided to replace the regular pasta with zucchini noodles.  It is so delicious I can’t even explain how delicious it is.  It is fresh and doesn’t make you feel like you have eaten too much with all the pasta that I usually consume with this dish.


What is your favorite way to eat zucchini?  Do you have a tried and true recipe you would like to share? 

14 comments:

  1. Zoodles are a huge hit in my family and this looks like a great addition to my Summer meal planning!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I need to try this to add some veggies into my kids diet. We eat lots of fruit but the veggies need to be a bigger side dish for us. My husband is growing squash too but this year doesn't seem to be having much success, maybe we are having the same problems.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Zoodles are my absolute favorite! WE love to make it with a lime sauce that is just divine. I am going to have to try this!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I confess, I have never tried zucchini noodles! This dish looks delicious and I can't wait to finally give it a try!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh yum! Those look delicious. I LOVE making zucchini noodles and these ones look so fresh.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Zucchini is one of my favorite ingredients to use during the summer because it's so refreshing. It's like the watermelon of vegetables and it goes well with a lot of other ingredients. I like this recipe! It's perfect for lunch!

    ReplyDelete
  7. This look so similar to a recipe by the Pioneer Woman, but you have extra veggies- love that! I need to try your version out.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love Zoodles and this looks like a great way to enjoy them. I love all the fresh ingredients. And garlic....YUM! Everything is better with garlic.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Zoodles!! I was so excited that I can start trying this recipe and others with zoodles because I found my local grocery started carrying them. I don't have the spiral device. Looks delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  10. That looks perfect for a summer meal. I hate using the oven in the summer so salads are a favorite during the hotter months!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I really want a spiralizer so I can turn my veggies into noodles. I love zucchini. It has such a fresh flavor.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love roasted zucchini and grilled is delicious also. This looks fresh and light and so good. I need to try this recipe as soon as I can.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I have a zucchini noddle maker. You just reminded me I need to use it more so thank I wanna whip mine out!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I am not a fan of zucchini, never have been. But lately I have been wanting to eat healthier, and these look absolutely delicious!

    ReplyDelete

I love to hear from my readers and try to respond to all comments either here or through e-mail. Thank you for taking the time to comment!