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zucchini pasta, another raw favorite!

ok, don't hate me! i know this is the second raw meal in one week and you're probably somewhere cold and craving holiday goodies and soups.  but i can't help myself!  i was so excited to try this raw zucchini pasta after spotting some in the erewhon pre-made food section. i have a serious love of spaghetti but i don't eat it that often because i don't have a pasta maker and try my best to avoid processed foods.  so i've been on the hunt for something to fill that pasta-loving hole in my heart!  and i promise, even though it's not cooked it's still really satisfying and yummy.  the tool to make the zucchini pasta, a spiralizer, is not expensive and can be used for all kinds of fun things (like the daikon i love to et with my sushi)! recipe and probably a few too many photos after the jump...

first things first- a spiralizer!  this is the one i purchased from amazon and it's decent.  i wanted something that didn't have a lot of bells and whistles, mostly because cleanup is my least favorite part of cooking. this one does the trick, although i do wish it made the spirals just a bit meatier.  *bonus- using a spiralizer is reminscent of using an easy bake or a snoopy snowcone maker. YES!

the what: 

2 small / medium zucchinis

3 tomatoes

1 clove garlic

1/2 (or less) white onion

2 dates, seeds removed

4 basil leaves

olive oil

sea salt


hemp seeds (optional)

the how:

- use your spiralizer to make pasta out of zucchinis  

- cut tomatoes in half and remove insides

-in food processor mix the garlic, onion (use a little less than half, add more when you've tasted it), dates, basil and a splash of olive oil.  pulse until it's almost a paste, scraping down the sides of the processor as you go.  it's pretty sweet with the two dates, so add less if you don't care for a sweet sauce!

- add tomatoes and pulse until it's a consistency you're pleased with

- season with sea salt and pepper

- you have your pasta, you have your sauce, you know what to do from here.  and sprinkle on a few hemp seeds for garnish if you care to!

*i like to mix and then store in the fridge for a few hours to let the zucchini absorb all the yummy sauce flavors.  there's something really delicious that happens when the zucchini noodles soften and are soaked with the sauce!

Reader Comments (13)

I have always wanted to make this but it always seemed like so much work. Must do & and I am loving the raw food recipes. xo

12/07/12 | 10:6 AM | Unregistered CommenterPatti

I love the sound of this, but you are right, I have been craving warm things. My body, on the other hand, wishes I ate more raw things! I love spaghetti squash instead of noodles for a base.

12/07/12 | 10:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterJessica Fly

If you are looking for a warm version of this, try a spaghetti squash!

12/07/12 | 10:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterKrysta

@ patti- it's crazy easy! try it!

@jessica and krysta- yes, i love spaghetti squash too! i haven't had it raw though, have you? i'm really loving the way eating lots of raw veggies makes me feel. but next time i need something warm and hearty spaghetti squash will be top of the list!

12/07/12 | 10:51 AM | Registered Commentersarah yates

i love zucchini pasta! when i'm craving something warm, i just warm up the sauce or throw it in the skillet quickly. it is obviously no longer raw, but still tasty and far healthier than regular pasta. and i'm of the belief that if you basically just get it warm, you aren't really depleting ALL of the nutrients... but that is just me!

it's also great topped with nutritional yeast to really get the spaghetti feeling!

12/07/12 | 11:17 AM | Unregistered Commenterrita

i make these "noodles" all the time! i like mine with a cashew cream sauce and grilled shrimp. the best!!

12/07/12 | 11:59 AM | Unregistered Commenternicole

This looks soooo yummy! I just started going towards complex, whole grains (staying away from white flour and processed) and trying to eat more raw. So please continue sharing! And I definitely think I need a spiral slicer!

12/07/12 | 2:8 PM | Unregistered CommenterLindsay Rondo

This looks and sounds absolutely delicious!!! I am adding it to my must try recipes!

12/09/12 | 8:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

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