Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Zucchini "Pasta"

I wonder how many of us are trying to reduce or eliminate our carb intake?  My husband has been on Atkins for years, and it's an easy way for him to stay trim.

Taking zucchini cut in long strands and sauteing it with butter spread and garlic is a nice way to introduce the feel of pasta into the meal but without the starch and gluten.  I also used Olivio butter spread to cut down on cholesterol.

This dish is great for a weeknight meal, because it cooks in less than three minutes.

Cook's Notes: 1) A mandoline makes quick work of cutting the zucchini in ribbons. I have a Japanese benriner, but any mandoline will work. 

2) Using smashed garlic cloves is a great way to add flavor to a dish without having to mince anything.    You just have to remove the smashed garlic pieces before serving.

Zucchini Pasta
Serves 2

1 zucchini
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2 tsp. Olivio Spread, separated (or butter or olive oil)
1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. kosher salt or salt
Black pepper
2 tbs. cup water
Grated parmesan cheese

Cut the zucchini in long ribbons, using a mandoline or a knife.  Cut the ribbons lengthwise, into 3-5 strands depending on the size of the zucchini, so that you have fettucine-like strands.

Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot.  Add 1 tsp. of Olivio spread and the smashed garlic.  Add the zucchini strands and stir.  Add Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper to taste. Add 2 tbs. water and stir occasionally for another minute or until the zucchini is crisp tender or "al dente."

Remove to a plate, top with grated parmesan cheese, and serve.  Enjoy.


zurin said...

so pretty and so healthy and so simple...isnt that heaven?^^

La Table De Nana said...

I've always favored Zucchini ribbons..This sounds like a nice light meal:)

tasteofbeirut said...

Very pretty. Love zucchini especially the min ones we harvest in the mountains in Lebanon

Anonymous said...

I don't believe in avoiding carbs, personally, but I do love the idea of your zucchini pasta! I was a little too successful in limiting my carb intake, now I often don't get enough in...
Though I definitely will be making this!

~Kurious Kitteh

Shannon @ said...

This looks really yummy. Probably a silly question but how did you get it to sit up all pretty & fluffy? I guarantee if I made it it would lie in a flat wet mess at the bottom of my plate

~~louise~~ said...

Simple but elegantly inviting. Thank you so much for sharing, Ninette. Surely a keeper:)

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Trissa said...

Great idea! I've never heard of zucchini pasta - I must tell my aunt as she has loads growing in her garden and always loves to give them away.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Looks delish...hmmm, some cayenne.....and maybe mixed in with spaghettini my kids would eat it!

Ψ*Ψ said...

this is an AMAZING idea. (it's especially tasty with spinach/cherry tomatoes/pecans/gorgonzola)

Shumaila said...

I wanted to make zucchini pasta and found this recipe and it sounded great! Made it and loved it! Thank you so much!