The farmer’s market is bursting with zucchini and squash right now so it’s the perfect time to try your hand at making zucchini noodles. This is raw food made easy and sometimes even I tire from having a big salad (shocking, I know).
In my years of being an aspiring raw foodie, I’ve learned that zucchini pasta is an easy-to-make, go-to staple. And it’s kind of bland so it makes a great base for different flavored toppings, sauces, spices and veggies.
The simplest way to make zucchini pasta is to peel it into long, narrow, “spaghetti-like strips” using a good ole fashion vegetable peeler. You can also invest in a mandolin or a “spiralizer,” which makes a linguini shaped noodle.
I LOVE my spiralizer! I find it super fun to make these cute curly pasta pieces. Check it out:
For just around $60 you can buy one of these online at Sur La Table. There are definitely cheaper ones on the market but overall I’ve been super happy with this one. And it’s easy to clean, which is a bonus in my world. Check out the beautiful noodles:
I tossed the noodles with some olive oil and some Simple Basil Pesto. I didn’t have many toppings but the fam was eating roasted green beans and garden peas so I threw those on top. My 3 year old loved these by the way. You can easily top this with variety of veggies like mushrooms, cherry tomatoes (when not on the cleanse), shredded carrot, broccoli, garden peas, onion, cucumber or sprouts.
Here are the recipes. Happy noodle making!
Simple Basil Pesto Zucchini “Noodles”
Yield: 2 large bowls
- 2 large zucchini
- Drizzle olive oil
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 2 shiitake, crimini, or your favorite mushrooms, sliced
- 2 TB. Simple Basil Pesto (recipe below)
- Pinch sea salt
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
Using a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler, cut zucchini into angel hair-like pasta, and place in a bowl. Drizzle with a very small amount of olive oil, add carrot and shiitake mushrooms, and toss with Simple Basil Pesto. Season with sea salt and black pepper, and serve.
This pesto is to die for! If you have a high quality Himalayan crystal salt, use it generously in this recipe. It’s slightly sweet and really helps bring out the flavors of this simple, cheese-less pesto. Who knew pesto could be so good without loading it down with parmesan cheese? I like this version so much because it is light and decadent! It also makes a great dip for cauliflower or carrot sticks. Enjoy!
Simple Basil Pesto
Yield: about 1 cup
- 3/4 cups pine nuts
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil
In a food processor fitted with an S blade, combine pine nuts, basil, garlic, and sea salt. While mixing, drizzle olive oil into the food processor. Add more oil as needed to blend into a creamy paste. Season with additional sea salt as needed.