If you’re a pasta junkie, and have yet to try zoodles, you’ll want to pay attention.
What are zoodles? Quite simply, they are zucchini noodles. The zucchini can be grated, spiralized, or ribboned to look like pasta noodles. You can use any of the following tools: mandolin slicer, food processor, julienne peeler, or a spiralizer device. You can get one of these spiraling tools at most stores or online.
You don’t have to do much prep to transform the zucchini to zoodles. Be sure to wash the vegetable and the cut the ends off so you have two flat surfaces on the end. There is no need to peel the skin.
Zucchini holds a lot of moisture – which is why the recipe instructs to lay the zoodles on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. The salt will help draw out some moisture. Before placing the zucchini in the pan, you can squeeze the zoodles with your hands to squeeze out the excess water. This will help prevent the zoodles from being too soggy.
Feel free to experiment with this recipe. You can add your favorite fresh herbs or even top with some raw or goat cheese if you tolerate dairy.
For a fast, satisfying meal that won’t weigh you down, this shrimp dish with zucchini noodles is perfect. Easy and super fast, it’s an ideal weeknight meal. You won’t miss the carbs, that’s a promise!
Shrimp Zoodles with Basil
- 2 large zucchini
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound Raw shrimp peeled, shelled, deveined
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 pint Cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 small bunch fresh basil slivered
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Using a spiral slicer, cut the zucchini into noodles. Lay on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the shrimp. Cook until pink and remove from pan. Add the garlic and mushrooms to the pan and cook until softened. Add the zucchini noodles and cook until just softened.
Season with salt and pepper and add the shrimp, tomatoes, and basil to the pan. Cook until heated through and serve.
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