Zucchini Noodles Bolognese
So Blair is going to try to take credit for this and since I post these links on Facebook I know she’ll probably post something about this. However, she gets no credit at all. I had heard about people making noodles out of forms and varieties of squash noodles for quite a while. If you count Blair saying she had a spaghetti squash and me remembering that you can make noodles out of that too as taking credit, then so be it.
This was pretty easy to make and I made it all from scratch.
It did however take like every utensil and pot in my kitchen, so cleaning it up was a major pain in my ass.
First came the sauce.
I used the sauce recipe from Melissa Joulwan’s WellFed. Its the best sauce recipe I’ve seen and I don’t really feel like messing with being creative right now. If you’re making something for the first time, it makes it a little easier to go to a tried and true for a least part of the meal.
While the sauce was cooking, I started to brown the ground beef.
I seasoned it with salt, oregano, and parsley.
The next thing I did was started the zucchini, which of course came from my White Oaks Pastures CSA.
I used a mandolin (look at me, fancy right) to slice them up. I discarded the seedy parts. The recipes I looked at said to discard them and that they fall apart in the water.
The recipe is pretty simple for this.
Salt a big ole pot of water and bring it to a boil. Add the zucchini and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. I took the slices out at a minute and added it with the pan with the ground beef. This continued the cooking and helped guard against them falling apart from over cooking.
I left them in the pan for around a minute then removed it all.
Neither of these two things are really all that flavorful. I guess no noodles are really all that flavorful. It was mostly just novelty that was the big draw here.
All of the flavor came from the sauce. That is a fact. So once again, buy WellFed and then you can make dishes with just two main ingredients taste like they were made by someone who can actually cook.