Zucchini Spaghetti with Spinach Pesto

This healthy and delicious gluten-free vegetable spaghetti is so fun to make! You can buy vegetable turning slicers in kitchenware stores or order online.


INGREDIENTS

Spinach Pesto
1 cup packed baby spinach
1 small bunch basil
1/4 cup cashews
1 garlic clove
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Assembly
4 medium zucchini
2 to 3 roasted red peppers, sliced
Freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino, to garnish
1 tsp. lemon zest, to garnish (optional)
Handful chopped cashews, to garnish (optional)


PREPARATION

Spinach Pesto
Add spinach, basil, cashews, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper to food processor. Pulse until smooth, adding more olive oil, if needed, to make a smooth pesto. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Assembly
Using a spiralizer or vegetable turning slicer, turn zucchini into long strands that resemble spaghetti. Alternatively, if you don’t have a spiralizer, cut zucchini into long strips with a vegetable peeler and then cut into thin strands, lengthwise, with a sharp knife.

Add zucchini strands to large pot of salted, boiling water and blanch very briefly, just to make zucchini pliable, about 15 to 30 seconds. Drain well.

Toss zucchini spaghetti with pesto to taste. Add roasted red pepper and toss to combine. Plate and garnish with grated cheese, lemon zest and cashews, as desired.



Yield: 2 to 4 servings.