This weekend was cold and crummy for New England, and all I craved was creamy pasta and spicy pizza (hey, I’m half Italian what can I say? The carbs just call my name). Cue the lighter, plant-based versions of these dishes. We all know my love for zoodles is fierce, so I used these zucchini noodles in order to satiate my craving for several pounds of fresh spaghetti. I made a delicious variation of my Creamy Avocado Sauce & Zoodles by tweaking the recipe to give it a brighter, zestier flavor to balance the creaminess of the avocado. It turned out to be perfection. I also made a second batch of my Vegan Portabello Pizzas because they were THAT delicious, I just wanted more. I used a little less sauce and cheese on top this time around and *voila* the toppings managed to stay put this time 😉 These two dishes together aren’t the most typical combo, but they certainly satisfied my carb-focused cravings, and brought a punch of flavor to dinnertime. Yum.
For a more in depth “How To Zoodle” check out my previous post, Creamy Avocado Sauce & Zoodles.
Basil, Lemon & Avocado Zoodles
- 1 avocado, ripe
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 1 large handful of basil leaves, about 1 cup
- 2 – 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 – 4 zucchinis for zoodling
Step One: Make your sauce. In a food processor, combine avocado, lemon zest and juice, basil leaves, garlic and olive oil. Blend until smooth.
Step Two: Make your zoodles. For a full how-to, check out my previous post Creamy Avocado Sauce & Zoodles.
Step Three: Blanch your zoodles in boiling water for 90 seconds, removing immediately (these have a high risk for over cooking, they literally only need a few extra seconds to be overdone). Once your zoodles have blanched in boiling water, toss the hot noodles with the avocado sauce.
Step Four: Garnish with extra basil, a wedge of lemon and serve immediately. Enjoy!! 😀
This sauce was unbelievably DELISH! I loved the added zestiness of the lemon, and the basil added a bright, summery flavor to the dish. The avocado sauce would be great with any kind of pasta, and was especially summery served over zoodles. Yum.
I really hope that you guys enjoy this as much as I did, these dishes definitely beat the rainy summer day blues away. How was everyone’s weekend?? Good I hope. 🙂 Let me know in the comments!