Zucchini pasta & marinara – a raw food experience

Raw zucchini pasta with raw marinara sauce
Raw zucchini pasta with raw marinara sauce

This weekend my family and I went to our first slow food potluck. If you are unfamiliar with the phrase slow food, it’s “an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.” The goal of our slow food potluck, organized by my friend Melissa and hosted by my friend Alison, was to use as many local ingredients as possible. In addition to local foods, we also had local drinks including wine, beer, mead, cider and a few flavors of homemade kombucha. I will write more about the potluck and delicious foods everyone brought later.

After reading about and seeing a picture of a Meatless Monday meal – zucchini pasta and marinara Leslie at Recycle Your Day made recently, I knew that was the dish I wanted to make for the potluck. She sent me the link to the YouTube video (produced by Larry Cook at The Beginner’s Guide to Natural Living) where she got the idea. It’s a very simple meal to make – using zucchini, tomatoes, red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper, as well as a vegetable peeler and a food processor – and it tastes delicious.

Because my garden isn’t producing much more than strawberries, cucumbers, and a few tomatoes at present, I went to the farmers’ market to get the bulk of my ingredients. I got the zucchini, tomatoes, and garlic there, had the spices at home, and got the peppers and sun-dried tomatoes at Vitamin Cottage.

I was happy to hear that everyone liked it, even those who were skeptical at first. Even my husband who’s not a big zucchini or tomato fan thought it was really good. (I’m holding him to that and planning on making it again!) πŸ™‚ What I found really interesting is that the pasta, which is just thinly sliced zucchini (I used my vegetable peeler to make ribbons), tastes so much like “real” pasta when you have a flavorful marinara all over it.

More on the rest of the slow foods potluck, including pics of all of the tasty dishes, later.

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15 thoughts on “Zucchini pasta & marinara – a raw food experience”

  1. Yum! I love raw zucchini pasta- I make it almost weekly! Last week I made it with homemade pesto and it was so good!

    I have a spiralizer specifically for making raw pastas and it is such a great tool to have! And I am sure, once I get get tired of the raw pasta, that I will find plenty of other uses for it.

    Another raw pasta I made was sweet potato- my little girl ate most of it (not bad for a 2 year old). But overall, the zucchini pasta is my favorite. And I think the red pepper in the marinara sauce really makes it great- otherwise it is definitely lacking something.

    How often are you guys having your potlucks? It’s a great idea!

  2. Awesome! My garden is producing way more zucchini than the neighbors and I care to consume. I’ve done zucchini bread, zucchini frittata, zucchini curry, stew, spaghetti and lasagne. I was running out of ideas. This sounds fantastic. I will have to give it a try.

  3. When I first saw the photo I was taken aback – that can’t be a raw recipe. πŸ˜‰

    I love the idea of MeatlessMondays! Way to go sharing your progress with raw foods and going meatless.

    Zucchinis are so flexible, it’s really a wonder we don’t eat more of them. πŸ™‚

  4. Hey! I LOVE the idea of a slow or no cook potluck. Great post and thanks so much for joining in the blog roll at chivetalkin.com My desire is to have a blog roll of flexitarian, vegetarian, raw, local, seasonal menu plans. Would love to have you join in on a regular basis. Thanks again and Cheers! πŸ˜€

  5. So glad you went to vitamin cottage for the peppers and sun dried tomatoes. I love vitamin cottage. I go there every day and spend so much money. But I just love it. Your blog has inspired me to make some organic foods and for that I thank you. I hope I can find one of these slow cook potlucks in my community. I would go in a heartbeat. I would like to see featured more posts on slow cook. Does Vitamin cottage have slow cook ideas? Maybe I’ll ask them when I head down there today. Have a great day and thanks again for the inspiration!

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