Raw zucchini pasta with marinara sauce

by Bart on October 4, 2009

Although I have not seriously considered trying raw food lifestyle until recently, I have realized a long time ago that I needed to add more raw vegetables to my diet.

Last winter, I purchased a great book by Jennifer Cornbleet – “Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People”. Most raw recipe books contain convoluted, multistep recipes that require exotic ingredients and very specialized equipment like dehydrators. The recipes in this book, on the other hand, are so simple that even a caveman… well, you get the idea.

In addition there is a DVD available, separately from the book, on which Jennifer shows you how to prepare some of the dishes from her book. For someone who is… let’s use the term clumsy… in the kitchen, this DVD is a big help. Incidentally, many of the videos from this DVD are available on YouTube.

One of the recipes that I’ve tried from Jennifer’s book, was a recipe for raw pasta and marinara sauce. It was excellent, and still is one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever made.

The “pasta” can be extracted (sculpted?) from raw zucchini using a spiral slicer. The result looks like pasta, has neutral taste, just like pasta, and has a similar soft texture. Unlike pasta, it is somewhat crunchy.

Making zucchini pasta

Making zucchini pasta

The sauce’s secret ingredient is sun-dried tomatoes, giving it a very nice deep smoky flavor. The entire dish can be put together in about 15 minutes.

Zucchini pasta with marinara

Zucchini pasta with marinara

Rather than giving you ingredients for this recipe, here’s the video of Jennifer Cornbleet preparing this dish. Enjoy!

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