Tri-Color Vegetable Pasta
Everyone loves the idea of eating their favorite food without the penalty of what that favorite food typically brings (i.e. weight gain). I love pasta. Pasta I think is universally loved. Who doesn’t love pasta? That should be the real question.
Pasta is a dangerous mistress though, too much of it and your pants size will soon look like a bull-market stock price. It’ll go up that’s a stock market joke.
Fake pastas are all the rage now and I can’t blame people for trying to find something that gives you that pasta taste without the pasta weight gain. Well I’ll be honest people I think it’s a fools errand. Nothing is going to taste like delicious fresh normal pasta. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a delicious meal with all the other pasta friends (sauce, cheese, meats) with said pasta substitute.
The easiest pasta substitute to me, is the vegetable noodle. At Whole Foods they conveniently already sell zucchini and sweet potato in spiral noodle form. This makes preparing my tri-color vegetable pasta dish a piece of cake. If you don’t have access to a Whole Foods or a supermarket that provides these prepared cuts, you have two options. You can use a spiralizer which will make the noodle shapes for you or you can use a peeler depending on the vegetable. A peeler works great for zucchini.
The trick to preparing these veggie noodles is cooking them at a high heat for a short period of time. If you overcook these noodles you will just get mushy vegetables. The best you can hope for is an al dente pasta.
So sorry this is not going to replace your pasta jones, but it will help you eat more veggies.
Recipe – Tri-Color Vegetable Pasta
1 Cup of Spiralized Zucchini Noodles
1/2 Cup of Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
Dash of Salt and Pepper
Heat the butter until it foams in a large saucepan then quickly add your noodles. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, taste a few noodles to see if they are done. They should shouldn’t be crunchy, but they also shouldn’t be mushy.
Once they’re cooked, top with your cheese, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!