I tend to think of myself as a pretty good cook, and I like to experiment a lot, but never write down what I did. Tonight though, I just made something incredibly good, so I have to write down this recipe. I'm not much of a measure and process cook, more of a throw things together cook, so these measurements and times will be a little off, but should be very close to what I actually did. This recipe is based off one I saw here (via Lifehacker), but I made up my own sauce. The original recipe tells you to make your noodles while the sauce is cooking, but I don't like to feel rushed, so I did that before making sauce. All in all, this took about 15 minutes and should serve two to three.
Summer Squash Noodles and Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce with Capers
2 - 4 Summer Squash
8 - 12 Baby Button Portabella Mushrooms, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 large tomatoes
2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Basil
1-2 Tbsp Capers (depending on how much you like capers)
1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
Additional Kosher Salt
- Peel squash, then use a vegetable peeler to make "noodles" about the size of fettuccini noodles. Peel until you start to get to the seeds. The video below from the original post can explain better.
- Core and remove seeds from tomato. You can take the skin off too if you really want, but it doesn't bother me. Dice up into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan. Add minced garlic and mushrooms. Saute for 2 - 3 minutes, or until garlic begins to brown slightly.
- Add diced tomato, basil, salt, and pepper, and cook on medium to medium high until tomatoes start to turn into a sauce, stirring occasionally. About 6 - 8 minutes. Add the capers, then bring the heat on the sauce to low.
- In a saute pan, heat up another 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once oil is heated, add your squash noodles and sprinkle with kosher salt. Saute for 1 - 2 minutes, making sure the noodles don't get too soft.
- Serve the sauce on top of noodles, and sprinkle with fresh parmesan.
When you're done, you should get a really tasty and healthy (I think anyway) meal that looks like this: