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Last week a dear friend and talented gardener/foodie came to visit. In addition to this homegrown zucchini, she also brought an idea on how to prepare it like pasta. After she left on Sunday I was faced with half a box of pasta and four hungry people for dinner. Instead of running out to buy more I used what I had and substituted the missing [half pound of] pasta with zucchini.
If you don’t have one of these shredder-y pasta making thingy tool you can run the zucchini through a mandolin and cut it lengthwise to make thin strips, or cut it in to thin strips the old school way, via knife. I only shredded the meat of the zucchini, and saved the seedy center for the compost.
I cooked the pasta until there were only 3-4 minutes left. That’s when I added the zucchini. Since the pieces are so thin the zucchini pasta will cook very, very quickly.
I added my usual sauce, and watched my whole family eat tons of “pasta” without suspecting any foul play. With tearful joy I announced at the very end of the meal that they just ate zucchini, not pasta. No one seemed to be as excited about this except me.
- 2-3 lbs of zucchini, thinly shredded or sliced twice to make a spaghetti shape
- 1/2 lb of spaghetti
- your favorite sauce
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil.
- Add pasta.
- Stir until soft and loose.
- Cook for 7-8 minutes or until very al dente.
- Add zucchini pasta.
- Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Do NOT overcook the zucchini.
- Strain. Do not rinse unless your serving the pasta cold i.e. pasta salad.
- Add your favorite sauce and serve.
The zucchini pasta reheats well too!
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