Zucchini “Pasta” with Amanda’s Italian Mother’s Secret Tomato Sauce
Zucchini pasta is one of my favorite diet tricks. You can make zucchini strips look and taste like pasta to fool anyone and enjoy delicious pasta dishes without the guilt of the carbs!
For the “Pasta”
First, using a vegetable peeler, peel strips, as wide or as narrow as you want, off the zucchini, working your way around the core.
Keep going until you reach the seeds. You can also use a mandolin for this part.
Put the zucchini strips in a strainer, sprinkle some salt over them (1/4 teaspoon maximum), and toss to coat. Put the strainer over a bowl and put a small plate on top of the zucchini to squeeze out the juice.
To speed things up, put a can of food on top of the plate for weight. You can leave it like this for an hour, or up to 24 hours. They will get more solid over time, but are usually ready to go after an hour.
Rinse the salt off and either press the excess water out (you can just return it to the colander/plate setup) or spread the “noodles” out on a cotton dish towel or paper towel. It doesn’t really need cooking to eat, but you can gently warm it up. Don’t cook it too long, or it will stick together and/or become mushy – it’s much more delicate than regular pasta.
For the sauce:
People think that authentic and delicious Italian tomato sauce is time consuming, complicated or laborious, my mother is a true-blooded Italian lady through and through and she clarified this myth for me. She makes the BEST sauce in the world, and has agreed to disclose her recipe for us in this plan. Once you get the basics down, you can experiment with the recipe by adding different vegetables, spices, meats etc.
You ready? Here goes:
- Heat 1 tbs olive oil
- add 1 can of crushed tomatoes
- add 1 equal amount of cold water and stir
- add 1 or 2 cloves or chopped garlic
- Salt and pepper
- Sprinkle in 1 oregano, basil and parsley (whatever of these spices have on hand)
- Bring to a light boil
- Lower the heat and let it bubble away for about 30 minutes (if watery add some tomato paste)