Looking for a low calorie alternative to pasta, that uses all the delicious vegetables of the season? Try using julienned zucchini as a base for a delicious fresh tomato sauce that takes minutes to prepare.
Zucchini “Pasta” with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Julienne zucchini, or use a peeler to shave into ribbons (about 1 zucchini per person)
Dice a couple of garlic cloves
Sauté the garlic and zucchini in olive oil for about 2 minutes, just to slightly soften (do not over cook!!!!)
Remove from pan
Sauté diced fresh plum tomatoes until soft. Stir constantly, and lower heat to allow tomatoes to form a rustic sauce
Season with salt and pepper to taste
Add a handful of fresh basil, cut into strips
Put the zucchini into bowls and spoon the tomato sauce over it.
Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
I love to add shrimp to this dish. Just sauté the shrimp in olive oil with garlic, salt and pepper. Add it to the tomato sauce and serve.
Tip: Can’t live without a little pasta? Try thinking of the vegetable portion as the meal, and adding a little pasta to it as a condiment. It gives the dish a little heft without adding too many calories.