Zucchini “pasta” with pea shoots
It has been a while since I bought any kitchen gadgets but on a recent trip to Vancouver my son recommended the KitchenAid spiralizer attachment and I went for it instantly. I have a spiralizer thingy at home but it works best with larger vegetables such as potatoes etc. The KitchenAid one apparently works with any size. (nothing to disclose, this is not a promotional post).
While in Van City we had dinner at Provence in Yale town one evening and I ordered a vegetarian dish they called Panisse and vegetables. As it happened, the only thing I could eat on the plate (sorry, the dish wasn’t to my liking) was zucchini “spaghetti” with pea shoots. It was an interesting item and stuck in my mind, so when I came home, I thought I’d make it for dinner and the spiralizer certainly helped.
I have to admit the the spiralizer on the mixer worked better than the the other gadget I had and in no time I had beautiful long spiral strands of zucchini I could cook “pasta style.”
I had a bag of fresh, beautiful pea shoots so I was all set for making the dish we had at Provence. I was only going to make it with olive oil and shaved pecorino but this could easily be made with a light tomato sauce, pesto, nut pesto or other sauces.
It’s a last minute dish, best served as soon as it is made as the zucchini would continue to exude its juices if you let it sit.
3 medium zucchini
A large handful of fresh pea shoots
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
A couple of fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed
Shaved pecorino or grated parmesan
Cut the zucchini in half and shred each half into “noodles” using a spiralizer of your choice.
Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium heat.
Add zucchini spirals and toss with kitchen tongs for 3-4 minutes until wilted but don’t over cook.
Add salt and pepper as you cook it.
When the zucchini is ready add the pea shoots and thyme leaves and toss for a minute, mixing the shoots into the strands of zucchini.
Once you have added the shoots be careful not to over cook, it should only take a few seconds.
Pile into pasta bowls, shave pecorino over (or sprinkle with grated parmesan) and serve immediately.