I love Italian food, especially pasta with tomato sauce. However it’s tough on my body, which prefers this amazing recipe with Zoodles and No-Tomato Sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce), and Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Why eat spaghetti that’s high in carbs and nutritionally empty? I react to the acidity in tomatoes, a nightshade, like many other Caucasians. And nightshades are tough for some members of my family that have arthritis inflammation. If this isn’t an issue, just use your favorite tomato sauce over the zoodles.
Zucchini pasta is easy on a mandoline slicer, or a vegetable spiralizer. A steamer is perfect for cooking the zoodles – I bought an inexpensive silicon one that fits inside a saucepan. But it’s not required – you can just boil zoodles super-fast and drain in a colander. This recipe has it all, because it’s full of nutrient-dense vegetables, low in carbs, dairy-free, and nightshade-free. Hooray! Serves 4
- 1 recipe Vegan Parmesan Cheese, chilled or frozen
- 1 recipe No-Tomato Sauce, or your favorite tomato sauce.
- Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, sauteed in olive oil
- 4 medium to large zucchinis
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Unprocessed salt to taste
- Prepare Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Chill, or better yet, freeze it.
- Make the No-Tomato Sauce. Add chopped basil and sauteed mushrooms, if desired. Put it on very low simmer to keep ti warm and ready.
- Slice the zucchinis into 1/8 inch strips on a mandoline slicer, and place them in a steamer inside a saucepan. Bring water to a boil and then turn it down to simmer for 5 minutes. Steam the zucchini until they begin to soften. It is a good idea to move them around gently with a spoon or with your hands so they steam evenly. You don't need to overcook them as they continue to soften.
- When the zucchini strips begin to soften, remove the pan from the stove. Season with salt and olive oil, and gently move them around to coat evenly.
- Serve in bowls with No-Tomato Sauce on top. Garnish at the table with freshly grated Vegan Parmesan Cheese.