Zoodles in Tomato and Basil Sauce (Spiralised zucchini pasta)

It’s official! I am in love with my spiraliser! This gadget makes consuming vegetables a very enjoyable thing.

Zucchini noodles AKA zoodles is one my favourite spiralised item. It is healthier, lighter and tastier alternative to pasta. With a fraction of the calories compared to regular spaghetti or other pasta varieties, zoodles makes a great pasta replacement for those on a low carb/calorie, paleo, grain-free and gluten-free diets.

This pasta dish gets done in no time, and packs a lot of nutrition. This is a great way to get kids who are fussy with vegetables to get a good serving of vegetables in their diet.

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • Zucchini (Large) – 1

For the Sauce:

  • Juicy cherry tomatoes (or regular tomatoes) – 1 cup
  • Garlic cloves – 3, peeled and finely chopped
  • Fresh Basil – 8 to 10 leaves + a few more to garnish
  • Tomato paste/passata/tomato ketchup – 1 tbslpn.
  • Olive oil – ½ tblspn.
  • Chilli flakes (optional) – ½ tspn.
  • Salt and Pepper – To taste

Directions

  1. Trim the ends of the zucchini. I did not peel the zucchini, you could peel it if you prefer consuming the vegetable that way.
  2. Spiralise the zucchini using the noodle blades. I cut the zucchini in half, and spiralised it with the small and large noodle blade. Keep aside.
  3. Chop 8 to 10 basil leaves.
  4. Optionally, you could cut the cherry tomatoes if you like. I chose to keep it whole to allow it to break down while cooking.
  5. Heat oil in a skillet or pan.
  6. Add the garlic, and sauté for a few seconds until fragrant.
  7. Toss in the cherry tomatoes.
  8. Keep stirring the tomatoes and garlic. Allow the tomatoes to break down and release the juices.
  9. Mash a few tomatoes with the back of the ladle to make a sauce out of it.
  10. At this stage, add the tomato paste, passata or ketchup and chilli flakes. Give it a mix. You could also add a few tablespoons of water to make the mixture thick and saucy.
  11. Add the chopped basil. Give it a mix to combine the sauce and the herbs.
  12. Finally, add the spiralised zucchini noodles, and stir for about a minute.
  13. Once done, remove the pasta from the stove.
  14. Place them in serving bowls, and garnish with basil leaves.
  15. Serve fresh.

Tips:

  1. I used a spiraliser to make zucchini noodles. You could use a mandoline slicer or julienne peeler that can do the job.
  2. Add other fresh or dried herbs of your choice to make the pasta flavoursome.
  3. You can skip cooking the zucchini and mix the raw zoodles to the sauce.
  4. Add other vegetables in the sauce to pack more nutrition.
  5. Sprinkle some grated cheese for added flavour.

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