If you’re a pasta fiend, but dread the inevitable bloat that is associated with traditional spaghetti, why not try zucchini noodles?
This recipe pairs zucchini noodles with lime and goats cheese for the perfect mid-week lunch or easy family dinner. High in vitamin C and fibre, this tasty, low-calorie dish will most definitely satisfy comfort food cravings – minus the bloat.
“Zucchini pasta, also known as ‘zoodles’ or ‘spirals’, has become one of the best alternatives to wheat-based pasta due to the neutral flavour of the zucchini and its ability to hold its shape and soak up delicious flavours. There are plenty of tools around to make these zoodles, but you don’t need fancy equipment or skill of any sort to get started. Simply use a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips of zucchini, then either keep them wide or stack them and cut lengthways into thinner strips.”
Zucchetti With Lime and Goats Cheese
1600g zucchini, spiralised
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
3 tablespoons capers
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons lime rind
5 tablespoons lime zest
150g rocket, shredded
1/4 cup shredded mint leaves
Good pinch of chilli flakes
150g goats cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper to season
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add in the olive and capers and cook for 8 minutes until slightly crispy. Add in the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes. Place the zucchini noodles into the pan with the lime rind and juice and using tongs toss to ensure an even coverage. Cook for a further 3 minutes, tossing intermittently. Next add in the shredded rocket and mint leaves before seasoning with chilli flakes and salt and pepper.
Remove from the heat and divide between four serving bowls before topping with crumbled goats cheese.
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