Springtime calls for lighter fare. For Christmas my parents gave me a Spirooli Vegetable Spiralizer and Slicer by Paderno of Italy (They are available on Amazon). I love it! I actually prefer these zucchini noodles I have been eating rather than conventional pasta. There is a trick to these noodles though. When I first began making them I would spiralize them and then immediately top them with sauce. The dish quickly becomes watery when prepared this way.
In my opinion the best method I have found for making the zucchini noodles is to spiralize them, put them in a colander over a bowl, toss them with a little Himalayan or Celtic salt and then allow them to sweat out some liquid. I leave them for approximately 30 minutes and then rinse the salt off, put them in the salad spinner and they are set to eat.
You will be surprised by how good these noodles are…and the spiralizer can be purchased for less than $40! It is a great addition to the kitchen.
While I took all of the preparation pictures, the image at the top of this post is courtesy of a blog I love, Girl on Raw. Her picture is so mouth-watering. To learn more about Girl on Raw click here.
Tomato Basil Pasta - Gluten Free
Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope you have a loved filled day.
I know many of you will be rushing off to have dinner with your honey tonight and need a quick meal solution for your little ones and the sitter. My children love this meal and I love how quick it is (we ate it for lunch on Saturday). The nutritional yeast acts as a great substitute for parmesian cheese…it makes the pasta sauce nice and creamy all without having to use dairy…good stuff!
24 oz. jar Gia Russa Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
1 box Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta (Rotelle) – Gluten Free
1/3 cup KAL Nutritional Yeast
1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh chopped basil
Begin by cooking the pasta
- Boil the Water and Add the Pasta
While the pasta is cooking, chop the basil.
- Wash and Stack the Basil
Roll the BasilSlice the BasilSeparate the Basil
When the pasta is done cooking, strain it and return it to the pot.
Strain the Pasta
Add the Pasta Back to the Pot
Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pot and mix well.
Add Remaining Ingredients
Thats it! Garnish with some more nutritional yeast and basil. Ask the kids to help prepare a side salad and dinner is done.
Tomato Basil Pasta
For a printable version of this recipe click here.