zuke noodles

I have fun with food.  Love bringing home fresh veggies from the farmers’ market and whipping up new dishes based on what’s in season.  I love gadgets, too – not the fancy ones, but those that make our lives easier in the kitchen.  Of course, there’s the food processor, and the blender, the Microplane, and the mandoline.  Now if you haven’t played with one yet…making noodles is a great way to start…

There are many different styles (and prices) for mandolines.  Mine is in the middle and works great.  The key is to buy one with a few attachments so you can slice food into different shapes. zuke grateAnd how fun is it to make your own ‘spaghetti’ using a vegetable?  F-U-N.

Zucchini is going gangbusters in gardens and farmers’ markets. It’s quite a versatile veggie that has many applications.  I’ve made everything from zucchini ‘carpaccio’ to zucchini bread these past few weeks.  But still my favorite standby for an easy, fresh dish is shredding zucchini in the form of noodles.

Zucchini “Pasta” with Pesto (one zucchini will yield about 2 servings)

Any type of sauce works here.  I have used a marinara with mushrooms, and lemon/olive oil with Sweet 100 tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.  The kids love it, too!

1-2 long summer squash, ends trimmed
One clove garlic, minced
1 TB olive oil
Your favorite pesto
2-4 oz. feta cheese

Using ‘toothy’ blade, grate squash lengthwise on mandoline to create spaghetti-type noodles.

zuke mandoIn wide skillet, saute garlic in olive oil for just a minute until fragrant.  Add ‘noodles’ and saute for about 5 minutes, until slightly soft.
Stir in pesto to taste.  Add feta and top with chopped nuts, if desire.  Serve immediately.

zuka pasta

This post is part of Pennywise Platter.


Comments

Zucchini "Pasta" with Pesto — 12 Comments

  1. I love this zucchini idea. And that photo is so charming with the plant in the background. Nice food styling! I don’t have a mandoline, but I do have the other goodies you mentioned. Better go out tomorrow and buy myself a mandoline! You’ve inspired me. =)
    Melissa
    .-= glutenfreeforgood´s last blog ..wild sockeye salmon =-.

  2. Thanks, Melissa! It’s actually pretty funny that you complimented my photo – it is the core of my focus in Seattle! I am looking forward to hanging with you…

  3. I love folks who have fun with their food! 🙂 Can you believe I don’t have a mandoline? We’ve made zucchini noodles at several of our meetings using one of our members’ hand-cranked veggie noodle makers (don’t remember the exact name of it, LOL). The noodles were great though. The kids present always love turning the crank. Sounds like a very lovely dish, Karen. Looking forward to seeing you at IFBC!

    Shirley
    .-= gfe–gluten free easily´s last blog ..Honey Love and More =-.

  4. Kim – I am definitely trying your pistachio pesto sauce…sounds amazing. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Shirley – Yep, there it was with V#!agra and the like:) The mandoline is a great tool to have for so many things. I shave fennel into salad, and use it for gratins, too. The spiral is one I need to look into. More fun with food!
    See you soon – can’t wait!

  6. Hello Karen – nice meeting you today. Your website is absolutely phenomenal! I look forward to reading more in the future.

    Harold

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  8. Hi Karen,
    I made this last night, and it was delicious!! And, not having any of those cool tools – yet, I just used my vegetable peeler, and it worked just fine – I’m sure it would have made prettier ‘noodles,’ but it totally worked! The other thing I loved about this was how quick it was to prepare.

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