January 13, 2015

Zucchini Noodles {Recipe}

I don't know a single person who doesn't love pasta.  Unfortunately, a lot of the foods we love, aren't very good for us.  I try to stay away from pasta but sometimes it's just so hard to resist! When I stumbled across recipes on pinterest for Zucchini noodle substitutes for pasta I was very intrigued.  I'm also a fan of zucchini but I was definitely weary on how this would turn out.

Zucchini noodles are surprisingly easy to make and are very delicious too! I've made them three or four times now and have never been disappointed with the turn out, so today I thought I'd share my recipe! A lot of recipes I found online required some sort of tool to get spaghetti like cuts, which I don't own.  Mine's really simple and uses a tool you probably have in your kitchen now.

Ingredients: (serves 1)
* 2 small zucchinis (I use 2 small zucchinis for each person I'm cooking for)
* 1 teaspoon of olive oil
* 1 teaspoon of truffle oil (optional)
* pinch of salt
* pasta sauce of your choice
* vegetable peeler

Step 1 
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees farenheight.  Take your vegetable peeler and run it down the longer side of the zucchini.  The first few times you run over will be scraps as they have a lot of the peel on them.  Keep doing this and collect each ribbon in a bowl.  Continue until the seeds start to show.  Once they do, flip it over and repeat this step on the other side and again on the remaining zucchini.

Step 2
Line a baking sheet with paper towel.  Spread your zucchini over the baking sheet evenly and sprinkle with salt.  Then place the zucchini in the oven for 25-30 minutes.  During this process the zucchini will "sweat" out a lot of it's water.  Don't worry, the oven is at a low heat so the paper towel won't burn!

Step 3
Take the zucchini out of the oven.  Using more paper towel, wrap some of the zucchini at a time and wring out the remaining water over a sink.

Step 4
Put your olive oil and truffle oil in a saucepan and set to medium heat.  Once the pan is heated add the zucchini and sauté for 6-7 minutes.  Then, add your sauce of choice (I used vodka sauce via Gerard's Sauce) and you're good to go! I decided to sprinkle a little bit of grated parmesan cheese on mine (even though it may not be the healthiest, whoops!)

This recipe is so delicious, even for those who don't necessary love zucchini.  Do you have any great recipes involving zucchini? Link them down in the comments!!

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