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Zucchini Noodles

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zucchini noodles

This summer when I attended the Food and Wine Conference, not only did I get to interact with some amazing people, but I found quite a bit of inspiration. During a carbonara demo Sunday morning, I had some discussion with other attendees about how to make a carbonara gluten free. Zucchini noodles were brought up during the conversation, which immediately both confused and interested me. I asked how you could make a gluten free pasta using zucchini, and learned about an amazing tool called a spiralizer. It’s a tool that can pretty much turn a vegetable into long strands, good for a variety of applications, veggie noodles included. Since that conversation I’ve wanted to buy a spiralizer, and thought that Squash Fest would be the perfect moment to use it!

Feeling inspired by the ending summer, I decided to use some local heirloom tomatoes to make a sauce for the zucchini noodles. Its a simple yet aromatic sauce filled with heirloom tomatoes, onions, and herbs. I like to add a little bit of honey to my sauce to slightly sweeten it. This recipe also includes some simple meatballs that go wonderfully with the zucchini noodles and sauce. I hope you enjoy this recipe!




Active Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 2 hours
3-4 servings

Ingredients:



















1 tbspolive oil
1/2yellow onion
2garlic cloves
2heirloom tomatoes
1 tsporegano
1 tspbasil
1/2 tspthyme
1 tsphoney
1/2 tspsalt
1/2 tsppepper
1 lbground beef
1/4yellow onion
2garlic cloves
1/4 tsporegano
1/4 tspsalt
1/4 tsppepper
2zucchini

Instructions:


  1. Dice the tomato, 1/2 onion, and 2 garlic cloves. Pour the olive oil into a sauce pan and heat to medium. Add the onion and cloves and stir for 3 minutes.

  2. Add the tomatoes, tsp oregano, tsp basil, tsp thyme, tsp honey, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Stir and reduce heat to medium low. Cover and let simmer for 2 hours.

  3. Preheat an oven to 350F and line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Dice the 1/4 onion and 2 cloves. Combine the meat, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Form the meat into 1 inch meatballs and place on the pan. Put the pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

  4. Use the spiralizer to turn the zucchini into noodle. Form a pile of noodles and cut in half to form manageable noodles. Place the noodles on a plate, top with the meatballs, and pour the tomato sauce on top.


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  2. Liz says:

    I’m hankering for a spiralizer, too! And all these zucchini noodles today will have me running to Amazon to place my order! Your dish looks terrific…I’m a sucker for meatballs!!

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