Raw Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

It seems as though most people take issue with raw and/or vegan foods when they’re named after a non-raw or non-vegan equivalent.  Case in point: nut or rice cheese.  It’s unfortunate, because a lot of these foods are pretty darn good.

I say, let’s not get hung up on the name and enjoy the food for what it is. So I’m not going to call this pasta or spaghetti, but it is a pretty great substitute for your favorite noodle dish.  And it’s a whole lot healthier and quicker to put together.  Add a little raw goat cheese, and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper and I’m in pasta, I mean zucchini noodle, heaven.

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Raw Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

* 2-3 zucchini
* 16 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in water until softened
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
* 3 Tablespoons olive oil
* salt and pepper
* crushed red pepper
* raw goat cheese, shredded (optional)

Directions:

Drag a vegetable peeler along the zucchini to create long, spaghetti-like noodles. Rotate around the zucchini, and continue to peel into noodles until you hit the seeds. Repeat with the remaining zucchini. Place noodles in a large bowl and set aside.

Drain the sun-dried tomatoes and combine in a blender with the basil and olive oil. Process until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Pour the pesto over the zucchini noodles and toss to coat. Pour into individual bowls and sprinkle with crushed red pepper and raw goat cheese, if desired.

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4 Responses to “Raw Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto”

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    Anonymous — September 7, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I made this and it was amazing. I added marinara instead of oil. Yum. Thank you

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    CATE — September 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

    So glad you liked it! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment :)

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    tilligan — November 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Where do I get one of those Noodle peeler things? This recipe looks delicious

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    CATE — November 24, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I actually got the peeler (in a pack of three) at an Asian supermarket/department store. It was super cheap and has stayed ultra sharp for years.

    Most vegans and/or raw foodists I think use something called a spiralizer(?). I always use Amazon for my kitchen research to see what brands are best… you might want to start there :)

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