Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Eat It Raw: Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

"Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca is one of my favorite Italian entrees, so naturally I had to make a raw version. The Mediterranean flavors here are big, bright, and delicious."

--Shana Dean

LNH Note: It is suggested to use organic ingredients when available.  

You will need:

4 large zucchini, peeled 

2 large garlic cloves, minced 

¾ cup fresh parsley, minced 

½ cup fresh oregano, minced 

½ tsp. Himalayan salt plus extra salt for step #2 

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes 

1/3 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil 

1/3 cup Kalamata or black olives, coarsely chopped 

1/3 cup capers 

3 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced 

1) Peel the zucchini and spirulize it into spaghetti shapes. If you do not have a spirulizer, simply slice the zucchini into long ribbon-like strips with a potato peeler until you have a bowl of flat “noodles”.

2) Place the zucchini “pasta” in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with a generous amount of salt. Toss gently and set aside. The salt causes the zucchini to weep, riding the zucchini of excess water. If this step is omitted, the salt in the sauce will cause the zucchini to weep once the dish is assembled, creating a soupy consistency. 

3) Mince the fresh herbs and garlic separately then heap together and mince together, blending the flavors into one another. Place the garlic herb mixture in a mixing bowl then stir in the remaining ingredients. Set aside. 

4) Once the zucchini pasta has released its water (about the time is takes to complete step #3), gently squeeze or pat it dry with a cloth towel. Place the pasta in a serving dish and poor ¾ of the herbed mixture over it. Toss to completely coat. Top with the remaining mixture and plate. 

Buon appetito!


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