Raw Noodles

by Peachy Palate on September 11, 2012

I recently purchased possibly the best kitchen gadget I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning!

I’ve wanted a spiralizer for quite some time now, those zucchini noodles were calling my name but they’re a bit pricey for my liking and I wasn’t sure I’d make use of it enough to justify the expense. Then Angela posted about her Zyliss Julienne Cutter and of course I leaped right on over to Amazon to order myself one straight away.

I couldn’t believe it when it arrived in the post 48 hours later. The joys of Amazon!

Though not quite as noodle like as their spiralized counterparts, the zucchini noodles produced were pretty fantastic quick, cheap and easy alternative! I didn’t quite believe how easy it would be achieve them in such a cost effective way. I have in the past attempted to slice up my zucchini’s julienne but my knife skills didn’t live up to my own expectations and I simply ended up with a plateful of finger length batons! Not quite the effect I was going for!

It’s incredible how the way a vegetables is sliced or diced has such an effect on not only how it can be used, but I find the extent to which it is enjoyed! Zucchini ribbons and noodles are a raw favourite of mine, though thinly sliced rounds are the perfect addition to a roasting tray or Ratatouille….then of course finely grated is a staple in both sweet breads and pancakes!!! (Not forgetting muffin tops!)

Of course the first thing I had to whip up, quite literally in minutes, was a raw zucchini noodle dish with marinara sauce!

I beefed up the marinara sauce with some cooked smashed chickpeas just to give the meal a little more staying power, but if you leave them out you have yourself a nice raw simple dish.

Sundried tomatoes made for an incredibly rich sauce, vegan parmesan over the top (nutritional yeast and sesame seeds!), fresh basil throughout and on top, served up on the bed of zucchini noodles, it was one of the most speedy satisfying meal I’ve had the pleasure of devouring! Smile

I’m officially a HUGE zucchini noodle fan! A whole new sense of awesomeness! They will definitely be featuring more often, though I think carrot noodles are most definitely next on the agenda.

What’s your favourite nifty simple kitchen gadget/tool? Don’t say a Vitamix or I will just be jealous!

Almost Raw Marinara with Zucchini Noodles

Print this easy peasy recipe Print this easy peasy recipe

Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Ingredients

Basics

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup smashed cooked chickpeas (roughly mashed)
  • 1/3 cup Passata
  • 3-4 sundried tomatoes (dried type, rehydrated in water; soaked for 20-30 minutes)
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded basil
  • Extra basil to garnish

Directions

  1. Peel back zucchini layers using Julienne peeler to form noodles (or use whatever method or implement you prefer). Season with a little black pepper.
  2. Blend together garlic, Passata, and sundried tomatoes, stir through chickpeas, basil and balsamic, season with salt and pepper and serve on top of the zucchini noodles.
  3. Grind sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or efficient food processor with nutritional yeast. Sprinkle over the noodles and sauce and garnish with fresh basil to serve. Stir together for ultimate enjoyment!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I love raw noodles made both from carrots and courgettes. I keep using my grater to make them, I really need to by the proper tools!

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Peachy Palate September 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm

The zyliss julienne peeler is only like 6 dollars!!! :)

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Rachel September 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Yum! I never had them raw, I usually cook them haha

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Peachy Palate September 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I much prefer zucchini noodles raw, though I love roasted sliced zucchini..:)

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Lauren (@poweredbypb) September 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I love zucchini noodles, together with marinara they make one of my favourite meals :) I just use a vegetable peeler for my noodles!

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Peachy Palate September 12, 2012 at 6:51 am

Ribbons are good too :)

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kristle September 12, 2012 at 1:26 am

i just found a julienne peeler at target, its been under my nose this whole time! haven’t yet gotten to use it, i think i will tomorrow though, i have a yellow squash from the farmers market. i’d like to use ur marinara recipe too, but what is passata?

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glidingcalm September 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

looks great! my spiralizer doesnt work very well, but I still loveeeeeeeeeee zucchini noodles! beautiful looking dish!

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Peachy Palate September 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

You should buy a julienne peeler! :) I’m in love it with!

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Lizzie September 13, 2012 at 3:51 am

I just tried zucchini noodles this week, too! So delish! I paired mine with a peanut butter Thai sauce – simply divine! Definitely worth a try

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Peachy Palate September 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

Yum, love peanut sauce!

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