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Fast Fried Zucchini Spaghetti

GP's version was a little simpler, but I happened to have some fresh herbs in the fridge so I added those. And I wanted to do a bit of a detox today after a big-eating weekend, so I opted out on the cheese she used as her sauce base. Instead, I made lemon, garlic, and chili-infused olive oil which is jam-packed with flavour and a little more heart-healthy than cheese. (PS - D put some parmesan on his and said it was awesome).
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Bob's Red Mill, corn-free, dairy-free, egg-free, fast, gluten-free, mint, nut-free, pasta, rice & grains, vegetables, yeast-free, zucchini
Servings: 2
Author: ness

INGREDIENTS

Infused Oil:

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • zest of 1 lemon (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • In a small saucepan (bring all the ingredients to a boil. Let simmer for about 1 minute, until fragrant, and remove from heat. Set aside until ready to use.)

Fried Zucchini Pasta:

  • 6 oz dried Gluten Free Spaghetti (enough for 2)
  • 2 zucchinis (thinly sliced into rounds)
  • 2 Tbsp Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
  • Canola oil for frying
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint (chopped)
  • Chili flakes (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese (option, omit for vegan version)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Boil pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water before draining.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add sliced zucchini and GF flour. Toss until zucchini is evenly coated.
  • In a large non-stick frying pan on medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Add zucchini slices in batches. Lay zucchini in an even layer and fry on each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt immediately. Continue frying until all zucchini is done.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta and 2 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water, 3 tablespoons of the infused oil, mint, parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and Parmesan cheese if using. Toss to combine. Add fried zucchini and serve. Garnish with extra Parmesan, chili flakes, and infused oil (optional).