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Zucchini Pasta (RECIPE)

Don’t you hate it when a recipe describes your next meal as super-easy, fool-proof and fast and then you spend 2 hours just chopping and peeling. This is not one of those promises.

I use this base recipe for meals almost every week, it provides a lower carbohydrate alternative to pasta but packs in flavour, fiber and nutrients that we can all do with a little more of. You can use it as a complete substitute for spaghetti or mixed in with your noddles to add vegetables and keep your total starch intake down.

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The toppings for this example are bacon, mushroom, tomato, parmesan, chilli and a poached egg which was DELICIOUS. It works just as well with your bolognese or a simple pesto, pine nut and parmesan option for meat free mondays.

Serves 3-4

What you will need for your zucchini pasta

350 g zucchini (baby marrow)
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

Now you will see why it’s easy: Cut the zucchini into thin strips, as thin as you like your pasta to be. If you have a mandolin or slicer then use that to save you even more time.

Make sure your topping is ready before cooking. Heat a pan on a medium heat, add olive oil and flash fry the zucchini for about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. You want them to keep a little of there crunch, nice and al dente. Add the zucchini to your topping, mix, season and serve.

If you need some inspiration for toppings have a look here:

Bacon, mushroom, tomato, parmesan and chilli

1 packet streaky bacon, diced
200 g baby tomatoes
200 g mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp parmesan, grated
1 chilli, finely sliced
salt and pepper
4 eggs
1 Tbsp vinegar

Start cooking the bacon over a low heat to draw out some of the fat. After 5 minutes toss in your onion and garlic, increase the heat to medium and cook for another 5 minutes. Add your mushrooms and tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes. Season and set aside. Meanwhile poach your eggs any way you are comfortable – I like to do them in a deep pot of water with vinegar. Mix your zucchini and bacon and top with the poached egg, parmesan and chilli.

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