Pasta Night

Last night was Pasta Night at our house. There is nothing quite as comforting as a big plate of spaghetti as far as I am concerned.

We made cooked Vegan Summer Garden Pasta and Raw Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Sun-dried Tomatoes. My husband and I were both really happy with the turnout.

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Raw Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Noodles:

  • Zucchini (count on 1 per person)

You can use a spiralizer or veggie peeler to make long strands of zucchini for your noodles.

Basil-Pistachio Pesto:

I love the Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagna featured in Raw Food Real World It is pretty much my favorite raw food recipe ever! For my pasta last night I used the Basil-Pistachio Pesto from the lasagna recipe.

  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of freshly ground pepper

Place the pesto ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined but still slightly chunky.

I then cut up some sun-dried tomatoes. I took the tomatoes and the pesto and poured over my pasta. I then enjoyed it very much 🙂

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Vegan Summer Garden Pasta

This recipe was adapted from Skinny Bitch in the Kitch (a super fun vegan cookbook by the authors of Skinny Bitch) It is a gorgeous and colorful nutritious take on pasta. And as if there was not enough veggies in the pasta dish, I served this with steamed asparagus. If you are going to eat something like pasta, the best thing to do is load up on the veggies too.  I also made a point to serve whole wheat pasta for a more nutritious meal.

Serves 4 (or 3 servings for my husband)

  • 3 quarts of water
  • 5 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 8 ounces whole wheat linguine, spaghetti or fettuccine
  • ¼ cup refined coconut oil
  • 6 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 28 ounce can of Organic diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup thinly slices fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

In a 4-6 quart stockpot over high heat, combine water and about 1 ½ tablespoons of salt. Bring the water to boil, add the pasta, and cook according to the package directions

Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a 10-12 inch skillet over medium high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add the zucchini, squash, garlic, pepper and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and cook stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the tomatoes, basil and oregano, stirring until the tomatoes are heated through, about 2 minutes.

When the pasta is done, drain it and transfer to plates or platter and top with tomato mixture and serve.

Add salt to taste.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

This pesto is so great and has so many uses! I used this for a different chicken recipe and had so much left over that I was able to freeze it for future use. I made Michael simple grilled chicken with the pesto and for me fabulous zucchini noodles with the pesto. Although this was not a totally raw meal for me, it is a great transitional meal. If you have never seen, made, or tried zucchini noodles it is a must! You can use a really inexpensive tool called the Spiralizeror just use your vegetable peeler and make strips for more of a linguine. I use these noodles all the time to mix it up and have fun with my food. You can use raw sauces for a totally raw meal or marinara, etc. for more of a comfort food or transitional meal.

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Zucchini Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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Grilled Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Spinach with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

quick and simple, this should take 20 minutes
recipe yield 2.5 cups

4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped pine nuts
3 tablespoons chopped onion
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/3 cup crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I use vegan parm.)
salt to taste

  1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with warm water for 5 minutes, or until tender.
  2. In a food processor or blender combine sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts and onion; process until well blended.
  3. Add vinegar, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and red wine, and process.
  4. Stir in olive oil and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Enjoy!

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