Raw Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on April 28, 2011

It’s finally starting to feel like Spring around here. We’ve had a couple of Spring showers, and I even got to walk the dogs at 8pm last night with NO JACKET.

Yay!

Best part about Spring? Landscaping!

We moved into our house just under a year ago and currently have a dirt mud pit for a backyard.

Kevin built the deck right before winter, but now we’re thinking of adding a pony wall and lattice off the front for some privacy.

If his initial deck plan is any indication of what’s to come…

I think we’ll be more than set.

Kevin will be extending the deck, building steps, fence, and laying down the sod in May + June, while I supply food + drink + go shopping for a few things to put in our backyard!

First thing’s first, I’ve been eying up this patio set from IKEA…

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and this barbecue!

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I can taste the grilled veggies already.

On with the eats…

You’ll need a spiral slicer for this recipe. I promise it will be the best $30 you’ve ever spent.

You could shred the zucchini with a food processor, but you won’t get the long strands a spiral slicer will give you.

Either way though, zucchini + pasta sauce is a sure win.

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Raw Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

A light and refreshing Spring approach to pasta + sauce. This raw dish is packed with B vitamins, fiber, protein, and enzymes!

Ingredients

  • 4 zucchinis, nibby ends removed
  • 2 cups sun dried tomatoes soaked in 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 fresh tomatoes – I used hot house
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast + extra for garnish
  • 1/4 medium onion, diced – yield 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped + extra for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Himalayan rock salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

note: you can add olive oil to this recipe, about 2 tbsp would be good. I didn’t feel it was needed, but the option’s there!

Directions

  1. Soak sun dried tomatoes in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients but walnuts in the bowl of your food processor.
  3. When the tomatoes are done soaking, add them to the bowl with the 1 cup of soaking water.
  4. Process the tomato mixture for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Remove bowl from machine and stir in chopped walnuts.
  5. To make the pasta, cut zucchini in half vertically and use spiral slicer to make long strands. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, you can shred with a food processor or hand held grater.
  6. Divide zucchini among 4 plates and top with sauce + extra walnuts.

Makes 4 entree sized servings.

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I just love how light and satisfying this dish is. It would be a perfect meal to enjoy in our backyard?!

June cannot come soon enough.

Do you have any Spring/Summer landscaping plans?

Have you been able to enjoy meals in your backyard? What have you had?

Do you do raw meals? What’s your favorite?

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

One of the 1st raw meals i ever made for my blog was spiralized zukes and raw marinara. Toss tomatoes, basil, herbs, into the Vita…and bam, dinner is ready.

Love your recipe and the simplicity of raw foods. Espi when the weather warms up, meals like this are perfect.

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas

Wow that looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Stephanie

I love raw zuchinni pasta. I thought I hated it at first, until I figured out that raw garlic gives me a stomachache. So no more raw garlic, and now I love it! I like slicing up some raw muchrooms and salting them a bit to soften them. Throw them in with the zuchinni…so good!

I ate exclusively raw for a month once. I felt fantastic…but I had a really hard time finding raw savoury dishes that I liked.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh yum, mushrooms would be delicious in this! I have the same problem with raw garlic [although sometimes I cheat ie: this recipe!] and I find roasting a bulb a week and using it in recipes that call for fresh garlic helps!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

That looks so good and is almost the exact recipe they use at the Vegan Cafe I volunteer at! It’s so good and rich!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I loved your post about the Vegan Cafe. Such an awesome volunteer job!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

That patio is going to be so nice! Living in a condo, I envy all you guys with the ability to grill.

I made a version of your strawberry ice cream… SO good. I added pretzels!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

We moved from a condo last year and still find it odd to just go down a couple of steps and be on LAND! It is quite nice. Pretzels… interesting. I’ll have to give that a try!

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Carly

That patio set is super cute!
I love zucchini in everything and anything, yet I haven’t tried it in raw pasta form yet!

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Clarkie @ Beloved Green

I want a spiral slicer :-) Seriously, I just loaded up on zucchini at the store, it is one of my favorite ingredients, especially in the summer.

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Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl)

This looks great! I just bought a spiral slicer and can’t wait to use it!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You’re going to LOVE it! I make all sorts of noodles with it. Sweet potatoes work well!

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Natalia - a side of simple

Mmmm this sounds like the perfect fresh taste of summer weather meal! I’m so ready for some bbq-ing and backyard patio meals with friends and the family :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Me too! I’ve never had a backyard before, so I’m new to the bbq-ing with friends and family thing. It sounds awesome!

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kate@ahealthypassion

I have a spiralizer but have never tried this, I NEED TO ASAP!

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

Must buy spiralizer now! I need to make this. Every time I search for a vegan/raw restaurant this kind of dish is always on the menu! Love it :D

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Kat

Did you hate the snow as much as I did today? It was so beautiful yesterday!
I love eating outside but haven’t yet this year. I bet your backyard is going to be a beautiful place to eat when its done

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat

This is crazy! I had the exact same thing for dinner last night and leftovers for lunch today. LOVE zucchini pasta! Must try your sauce recipe.

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Carolyn Jung

What a great way to lighten up a pasta dish, and make it more healthful, too.

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Kristina @ spabettie

I need to get myself a spiralizer… this looks perfect!

and YAY for new grill! :)

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Laura @FoodSnobSTL

This looks really interesting. I’m going to have to try it!

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Sonia @ Food Obsessed

Beautiful pictures! So mouthwatering! I want to eat some of this now. It looks so incredibly healthy too! I have a feeling I will be giving this one a try fairly soon…
Wait… I am missing something though…
“MOOOOOM, can I borrow your zucchini spaghetti spinny thingy machine again pleeeeease?”

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

:( if only you were my neighbor! You can shred your zucchini in your food processor too. It wont be as stringy, but I promise it will be just as delicious!

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Sonia

Awwww… if you were my neighbor, Leanne, I’d have someone to run with… and to talk healthy food and grains without getting looked at like I’m some kind of martian… :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I was just having the same conversation with my boyfriend last night. I don’t fit in, all I want to do is talk about food! I need a neighbor like you!

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Krista

I made the Raw Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta tonight and it was absolutely AMAZING! Thank you for this fabulous recipe! X

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sherry

Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to make it for dinner…and enjoy on my patio. Thanks for sharing!

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