Zucchini Noodle Pasta (with the best tomatoes EVER)

Don’t you love it when you come across a new food or recipe that just changes your life? That’s how I felt with this tomato recipe. I came across it in the spring of this year and I’ve been making it every few weeks since. These sweet and spicy little guys are great to keep on hand for a nice addition to almost any meal. I usually make a double batch on a Sunday and throughout the week I put them into salads, omelettes, sandwiches, pasta, cauliflower crust pizzas (more on that to come), or even just snack on them. They add a little something extra to each dish that you prepare. And the work is minimal! Prepare, throw them in the oven, and while they sweeten up, do your thing: laundry, watch a movie, read a great book, or study for midterms (if you’re me).  Once they’ve magically transformed, they’ll add pizzazz to the rest of your meals through the week. Yes, I said pizzazz. It’s a word that is not nearly used enough.

One way that I have come to love eating these little gems is with this zucchini pasta. I turn my zucchini (or other vegetables) into noodle shapes with this contraption, but if you don’t have one or want to spend that kind of money, you can easily slice your zucchini into thin ribbons, or head purchase a julienne peeler like this or this for under $10 or $20.

I simply toss the noodles with homemade pesto and throw in a good handfull of tomatoes. It’s divine. I don’t have a recipe for homemade pesto on the blog right now, but this post tells you all you need to know. (UPDATE: I now have 2 recipes for pesto on the blog. They can be found here and here - scroll down for the second one.) I also make my pesto in large batches, freeze it in ice cube trays until solid, then pop them into freezer bags for when they’re needed. If you’ve never made fresh pesto, try it. You’ll never buy the jarred stuff again. If you put in a little work ahead of time with the pesto and tomatoes, you’ll have several easy meals in the week ahead. 

Zucchini noodles are an easy way to get more vegetables into your body. And who doesn’t need that?! For those of you who are following specific dietary plans, I’m sure I’m stating the obvious, but hello, they’re paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, low-carb, etc. And this specific combination makes for a surprisingly filling meal.

 

So, go on, eat your noodles! Every last guilt-free one of them.

xoK

*Note: Pesto cubes will last for a few months in the freezer.

 

5 Comments

  • Reply October 17, 2012

    Liberty

    This pasta is amazing! I feel like I don’t even like zucchini, and yet I love this pasta dish. What an amazing way to get your veggies in…get your pasta fix…whip up a quick dinner…or whatever it may be for you. There’s so much to love about this meal!

  • Reply October 18, 2012

    kelly @ kellybakes

    As if I needed an excuse to buy a new kitchen gadget… I mean what better one than to eat more veggies? :) Would never have thought to do it, but I love it!

    • Reply October 18, 2012

      Kris

      Kelly… I have to admit when I first got this gadget I was over the moon excited about making cool looking veggie dishes. Then after the honeymoon was over it sat dormant in my cupboard for about a year. I thought maybe it was a one-hit-wonder. But (and this is important), I feel like I’ve revitalized it! I use it a lot for this zucchini dish, but also carrots, parsnips, beets, daikon, potatoes of all varieties. It makes for a fun and beautiful way to eat your veggies (raw or cooked). And it’s actually really easy to take care of. Clean up usually involves a good rinse with hot water. Plus, since you live in the US, you can actually buy it for that price. In Canada it’s double!

  • Reply May 31, 2013

    Ashley

    Kris,

    I’m looking through old posts on your blog now that its summer and I have a bit more time on my hands to try some new dishes. I was wondering if you need to cook the zucchini noodles or if you simply eat them raw. If you cook them, for about how long??

    I’m definitely going to try this and I also really want to buy this gadget.

    Ashley

    • Reply May 31, 2013

      Kris

      Ashley, thanks for checking in about this and I’m sorry that it’s not clear. I eat the noodles raw! But if you decide to cook them a little, I’d suggest to heat them in a pan over medium heat just for a few minutes. You want them to still have a little bit of give in the bite.

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