My wedding day was the happiest day of my life. It was the day I was joined together with two of my new favorite kitchen gadgets: my 7-cup Cuisinart food processor, and my Spirelli.
I put both to good use yesterday when making this dish: zucchini noodles with pesto and heirloom tomatoes. Thanks to Spirelli and the food processor, the whole process only took about half an hour.
I started out by spiral cutting the zucchini. Here’s the magical Spirelli:
It left me with those funny zucchini torpedoes. It also left me with a bunch of zucchini noodles. I used 4 zucchini, and it turned out to be the perfect amount for Colin and I for lunch; if I were making a dinner, I’d use 6 zucchini. It cooks down significantly.
I salted the noodles generously and left them in a colander, over a bowl, to drain out liquid. In the meantime, I went to make the pesto.
A ton of basil; all the spinach I had in the fridge; olive oil; garlic; salt… you get the idea. Oh, and some sun dried tomatoes.
…and some of that delicious sun dried tomato oil. Go go food processor!
I offered Colin the salted zucchini juice, but he didn’t take me up on it.
These heirloom tomatoes were stupid expensive at Safeway. I used the self-checkout line, and already had canceled my purchase of a tiny bottle of ground cloves when it rang up as $8.39. Canceling a purchase requires the approval of the attendant, so when two tomatoes also rang up as $8+, I was too embarrassed to cancel another item.
But they are beautiful tomatoes.
Recipes I consulted recommended sauteing the zucchini for only about 2 minutes; I taste tested at the 2 minute mark and decided I wanted them softer. I probably cooked them for about 5 minutes. Since they were already salted, I just added pepper.
And even though I’d been looking forward to zucchini noodles, they were so much better than I’d expected. At the end of the meal, I declared that I was never going to make regular noodles again; from here on, it was all zucchini, all the time. Colin was a bit more measured. He said that he really liked them, but wasn’t swearing off pasta for all eternity.