The beauty of the zucchini noodle (also referred to as "zoodles") has managed to almost 100 percent transform my perception of pasta. I used to crave fettuccine, and now I crave green vegetables in a new shape? Odd, yet satisfying, I know.
Though the recipe below seems simple enough, it's truly elevating in terms of texture and taste. Plump farmers market heirlooms are sweet as sugar at this time of year, and English green peas dot the plate in a personified form of summertime. The zucchini in noodle form provides a starchy yet familiarly mild taste--until you add truffle infused basil pesto and parmesan, of course. I am a huge fan of this dish for a side item, a lunch entree, or a base for seafood or grilled chicken. You may also serve this cold for antipasti, if desired.
Makes 1 serving
1 medium zucchini, spiralized 1/4 cup English peas 1/4 cup heirloom tomatoes, cubed 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 tablespoon basil pesto Truffle oil, to garnish Shaved parmesan, to garnish
1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add tomatoes and olive oil and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add zucchini and peas to the pan and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and stir in pesto. Plate zucchini and top with parmesan and truffle oil.