Zucchini Spaghetti

zucchini spaghetti

Several months ago, Collin at Hip2Save posted about eating zucchini in place of spaghetti.  I was a bit skeptical at first, but since I’ve been getting a lot of zucchini from my farm share and I generally avoid wheat pasta, I decided to give it a try.  I have to admit that I was wrong in my initial skepticism (and admitting that I’m wrong is not one of my strongest traits, as my husband will attest).  This is absolutely delicious!  This version of zucchini spaghetti is topped with a simple tomato sauce.  It makes a satisfying meal, especially if you include a little meat in the sauce.  While I love zucchini bread and chocolate zucchini cake, those recipes will now be competing with zucchini spaghetti when I get a few zucchinis from the farm.

Zucchini Spaghetti

Zucchini Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchinis
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ lb. ground turkey (optional)
  • 28 ounce can whole tomatoes (or use fresh if you have them)
  • 1-2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tbs. red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs. chopped basil

Instructions

  1. With a mandolin or similar device, cut the zucchini julienne-style.
  2. Boil a large pot of water. Add the zucchini and cook for one minute. Drain.
  3. In a large cast-iron skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant but not brown.
  4. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and cook until no longer pink.
  5. Add the tomatoes, honey, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Add the basil and heat for one more minute.
  7. Divide the zucchini among four pasta bowls. Top each serving of zucchini with a portion of the sauce. Serve immediately.
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Zucchini Spaghetti Price Breakdown

This meal costs $4.70 to make, or $1.18 per serving.  That’s a great price for a hearty, naturally gluten-free pasta dinner!

Linking to Monday Mania, Traditional Tuesdays, Fat Tuesday, Gluten-Free Wednesday, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Show and Tell Saturday.

Comments

  1. I’ve also read about using zucchini in place of noodles, but haven’t tried. Glad that someone has and liked it!

  2. Great idea. I often put shredded zucchini in my pasta sauce, but never thought about using it instead of pasta. It doesn’t get too squishy?

  3. Great idea. I’ll try that :)

  4. Looks good, will have to try that. I’m not a big fan of gluten free pasta.

  5. I’m definitely going to have to try this. I cook and eat way too much pasta… can’t help it, I’ve got Italian blood!

  6. I’ve heard of using zuchinni in place of pasta before but I’ve also been skeptical. You’ve inspired me to try it though. :)

  7. Heather Armstrong says:

    Extremely good, thank you! We made turkey meatballs as well!

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