Perhaps it's due to my tiny basil plant growing in the corner of my window, or my last month's bounty of local produce; but nonetheless, I have been craving a garden-inspired dish for the summertime dinner table.
Saturday morning, I strolled 'round the corner to the farmers market. I found a bag of English peas, already peeled (yes.), and a couple of bright green zucchini. Thus, the garden pasta plan was born. Though linguine or bucatini would have been fabulous, I felt proud of the healthier spiralizer alternative in mind. P.S. If you do not yet own a spiralizer, Whole Foods offers pre-spiralized packages of vegetables!
Perfect for summer nights, even my steak-and-potatoes fiancé approved. What's your latest spiralized creation?
Makes 4 servings
2 zucchini, spiralized 1/2 cup English peas 1/2 cup fava peas, peeled 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta, seasoned with salt and pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon basil, ribboned Truffle oil, to drizzle Sea salt Red pepper flakes
1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Prepare a small ice bath to set aside. Add fava and English peas to boiling water for 2 minutes; immediately drain and add to ice bath to stop cooking.
2. Add olive oil to a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook zucchini noodles for 3-4 minutes, until cooked through but not soggy! Turn off heat and toss in basil, sea salt, and a drizzle of truffle oil.
3. Plate zucchini and top with ricotta and peas. Sprinkle with additional basil, salt and red pepper flakes. Serve warm or at room temperature.