It’s not about the pasta. If we haven’t reiterated this enough to you, my Vegetti Primavera is the final nail in the coffin. It was never about the pasta (but I’m not a pasta hater!). Sometimes I’m in the mood for a hearty, flavorful meal, but I don’t want the carbs that go with it. Spiraling your veggies and cooking them perfectly al dente will feed your need for that firm-to-the-bite craving!
Side note: I’m a huge fan of SUR’s Angel Hair Checca — the pasta James had a meltdown over. His emotions were so chaotic that an internet rumor surfaced that “pasta” was a code word for drugs. You guys know I’m upfront about everything these days, so I’m going extremely transparent. “Pasta” was/is not a code word, but a lame analogy for “respect”. (But coming from DJ James, what did you expect?)
Learn how to make your own below!
Kristen Doute’s Vegetti Primavera
2 zucchini, spiralized
2 yellow squash, spiralized
6 oz. broccoli florets
6 garlic cloves
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp thyme
Extra-virgin olive oil
6 pearl tomatoes, quartered
¼ cup white wine
Pine nuts, for garnish
Fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced for garnish
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon
Water, if necessary
1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Place broccoli florets and garlic cloves on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with to coat with olive oil, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes then remove the garlic to a separate bowl.
2. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil a large skillet over high heat. Sauté “noodles” in small batches, adding another tbsp. olive oil each time, for 1-2 minutes and transfer immediately to a plate or bowl.
3. In the same skillet over high heat, add tomatoes, roasted garlic and white wine. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.
4. Toss all ingredients together in a large serving bowl or platter. Drizzle avocado sauce over top (recipe below) and garnish with pine nuts and basil.
Add avocado, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a high-speed blender. Blend, adding a splash of water if necessary to create a thick but creamy consistency.