Zuchinni Pasta with Tomato Sauce (Raw Food)
Why I Love This Recipe
The first of my raw meals, this zuchinni pasta with tomato sauce was delicious and extremely filling. While I won't give up pasta forever or hot sauce, this was a great substitute and perfect for the summer. In fact raw cooking is fantastic if you don't have a nice BBQ outside and don't want to slave over a stove in the heat. I am a fan.
Ingredients You'll Need
6 zuchinnis (small to medium)
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
1 whole tomato
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds (or some other mild nut), more for garnish
3 baby carrots
3 cloves garlic
sea salt (black hawaiian from Trader Joe's is fantastic here)
freshly ground pepper
If you have a food processor, use the grating plate to grate all the zuchinni up. If you don't, use a vegetable peeler and slice ribbons of the zuchinni to create noodles. This probably looks nicer than the grating method, but I am lazy and the proud owener of a Cuisinart. Place your zuchinni on a tray and place in an (unheated!) oven to dry it out for a bit while you make the sauce.
For the sauce, place the sundried tomatos in water to soak for 15 minutes. While tomatoes are soaking, chop onion and then place in food processor or blender to create a paste. Add the vinegars, garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil and chopped baby carrots. If it gets to hard to blend, steal a tablespoon or two from the water that the dried tomatoes are soaking in. Once the 15 minutes have passed, drain the dried tomatoes and reserve the water. Add dried tomatoes to mixture and pulse until it becomes smooth and add pumpkin seeds (or buts) to thicken the sauce up. Chop up whole tomato and add to the mixture and pulse the food processor or blender in order to incorporate the tomato, but keep it chunky! Add salt and pepper to taste and let sauce sit for 5 minutes to thicken and incorporate all of the flavors.
To serve, mound the zuchinni in a bowl and place a heaping portion of sauce on top. Garnish with pumpkin seeds or nuts if desired. Serves 4.