Easy Squash Pasta

Nutrition Facts
Easy Squash Pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
167
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14.5
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
2.2
g
14
%
Sodium
 
189
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
8.8
g
3
%
Fiber
 
2.3
g
10
%
Sugar
 
4.7
g
5
%
Protein
 
3.1
g
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Yield: 2 (side dish portions)

Ingredients:

For the Pasta:

  • 1 large zucchini (or yellow crookneck squash)

For the toppings:

  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms chopped
  • 1/2 cup Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped, fresh

For the sauce - Quick Toss option:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pinch sea salt

For the sauce - Quick Blend Pesto option-

  • 1 cup basil fresh leaves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Directions:

  • First with a vegetable peeler or julienne slicer make squash "ribbons" by peeling lengthwise along the squash so small thin pieces come off. If you have a julienne slicer or a mandolin with a julienne slicer you will get a more specific shape for your noodle but both are delicious in this recipe. Add these "noodles" to a mid-sized mixing bowl.
  • In a separate small mixing bowl add the quick toss sauce and whisk together. If you prefer the pesto, blend this before adding 1/2 cup to the bowl.
  • Add in the toppings for the pasta, save the basil and toss with the sauce in the same bowl.
  • Then transfer the mix of sauce and toppings to the bowl with the pasta and toss well.
  • Serve your fresh mix on a plate with the fresh basil garnish.
  • Enjoy!
  • Pro Chef Tip: If you plan to make the components of this meal in advance to take along to work or on an outing, for best results package the noodles separate from the toppings and sauce. Toss them together right before serving to prevent the squash from getting too soft or watery. If you are prepping in advance for the week the "noodles" will last 3-5 days in the refrigerator before tossing and make a great base for a quick meal throughout the week!

Notes:

Boost your vitamins and minerals plus reduce your grain intake by swapping out your traditional pasta for fresh squash pasta! This is an easier switch then you might think and doesn't require any fancy tools, if you have a basic vegetable peeler you can accomplish this dish in just minutes. I have included a few options for you here as well, so from week to week as time permits you can try different versions of this simple add in for your weekly meal plan.
 
Squash is know as the "perfect" vegetable based on the ratio of hydrating water content to fiber and available nutrients so it is a perfect base for plant based dishes like this one! Be sure to include the skins of the squash so you can also benefit from the oxygenating chlorophyll they contain, especially zucchini! Even the basil garnish on this dish can boost your health by reducing inflammation in your body- flavor and function, gotta love mother nature!
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