Using squash for pasta is a delicious way to include more vegetables in your diet. It also makes a great alternative for people who can't eat wheat. To make the pasta, you cut squash into pasta-like strands. I have found that the best way to do this is with a spiral vegetable slicer. I purchased mine from Amazon for around $35. I have also used a hand held julienne slicer. It is a little clumsy but works too and costs about $15. For this recipe I lightly saute the squash noodles, but they can also be quickly blanched or served cold.
|Using a spiral vegetable slicer or julienne slicer, cut two summer squashes into strands.|
I used one zucchini and one yellow squash for this recipe.
|The squash comes out in curly strands .|
|Place squash pasta on paper towels to absorb excess water.|
|Wash and dry 1 cup of loosely packed basil leaves.|
Make stacks with the leaves and roll like a cigar.
Slice cross-wise to chiffonnade.
|Have your squash, basil, 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan, 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts|
and sea salt ready to go next to the stove top.
|Over medium heat warm 1 Tablespoon of butter and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.|
Add the squash and 1/2 tsp. sea salt.
Saute for 2 minutes.
|Add the parmesan and pine nuts and saute for 1 more minute.|
|Toss with basil and serve.|