Zucchini "Pasta"
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 pounds small zucchini
  • 4 Tablespoons unrefined, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds tomatoes, cored and chopped (seeded and/or peeled if you like)
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Small handful of basil leaves, slivered
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter (optional)
  • Grated or shaved Parmiggiano-Reggiano or pecorino-romano cheese (optional)
  1. Trim the ends off the zucchini. Cut in half lengthwise. Slice lengthwise on a mandoline very thinly (thinner than ⅛-inch) to resemble pasta noodles. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can use a vegetable peeler.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until the sides begin to turn golden. Add the tomatoes and season with sea salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in the basil.
  3. In another large skillet, warm 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini and sauté until just tender, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt and transfer to the tomato mixture with tongs, leaving the extra liquid in the pan. Toss to coat with the tomatoes. You can add an optional tablespoon of unsalted butter at this point to enrich the sauce, but not necessary.
  4. Serve with freshly grated cheese, if desired.
Instead of cooking fresh tomatoes, you can add 1 cup of warmed tomato sauce to the cooked zucchini and serve with grated cheese on the side.
Recipe by Pamela Salzman at https://pamelasalzman.com/zucchini-pasta/