Versaucey Medusa Zucchini Pasta

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A tasty dish is worth cutting a bitch.  Like Cristal Connors said, in 1995’s Showgirls, “There’s always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.”  That’s why making this dish is almost as good as getting that dress from “Versayce” (and fitting into that dress too though).

I am pasta lover.  I lived in Italy for a year and tasted the best hand crafted pastas in Tuscany!  So coming off my al-dente addiction seemed impossible.  When I was learning how to eat with less carbohydrates in my diet, I was thrilled to find that creating the texture with zucchini could be the answer to my pasta lover’s dream.

For the pasta you will need

  • 2-3 zucchini
  • 1-2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 diced ripe tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of fresh chopped basil
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 half of a lemon
  • salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • (some pecorino cheese flakes if you eat dairy yay!)

Instructions

Use a peeler, vegetable spiral, or julianne peeler to shred the zucchini into it’s pasta form.  Salt the “pasta” and let sit on a paper towel for a 10-15 minutes so it doesn’t come out soupy (and/or if you are impatient like me you can just squeeze excess water out with a paper towel).  You can also repeat this step with the tomatoes but sometimes I like it soupy so you can really slurp it up!

In a sauce pan, sauté the minced garlic cloves until slightly golden.

Now this recipe becomes a “Choose your own adventure”:

To add the tomatoes and basil read this:  Add the tomatoes and basil sautee lightly for 2 or 3 minutes on high.  Put the raw zucchini pasta in a mixing bowl and pour the tomato, basil, garlic sauce on to the zucchini.  Add the salt and pepper, squeeze some lemon juice and toss.

To add the zucchini read this: Add the zucchini and sautee lightly for a 2 or 3 minutes on high.  Put the cooked zucchini pasta in a mixing bowl.

To add everything read this:  Add everything and squeeze the half lemon on top.  Toss it.

All options make a refreshing and satisfying substitute for pasta!

This recipe is one of the many ways you can use zucchini as a pasta.  I would try it with this OMFG amazing recipe from one of my most favorite food officianatoes Melissa Clark.  Or send us your version in the comments section below!!!