These days it seems like more and more people are changing their diets to focus on eating clean. With this trend, zucchini noodles have risen to the top as the perfect pasta replacement. They are not only an extremely healthy choice but are so simple to cook and taste great with any topping.
When I first noticed zucchini noodles pop up on the scene, I ordered a cheap spiralizer on Amazon and decided to make them myself. It’s easy do, taking as much effort as grating cheese. But now that they’ve become so trendy, most grocery stores have a precut version ready to go. No prep work needed!
Whether you are making them yourself, or buying precut noodles, this recipe can be thrown together in about 15 minutes!
1 lb. zucchini noodles (store bought or home cut)
1 jar AnnaMaria’s Torino Tomato. (This recipe also works well with Milano or Pinerolo)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 shallot, sliced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
parmesan cheese (optional)
- Slice the shallots and garlic. Chop the parsley. Season both sides of the shrimp with salt and pepper. Prepare your zucchini noodles, if needed.
- Heat up the olive oil in a nonstick pan. Toss in the shallots and garlic. Let them sauté for about 3 minutes until they being to soften. Add your shrimp, cooking each side for about 2 minutes. You may want to cook the shrimp in two batches so they don’t over crowd the pan and can cook evenly. Once they are cooked, remove the shrimp and set them aside.
- Add the zucchini noodles to the remaining shallots, garlic and olive oil. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Since zucchini is 96% water, overcooking it will release a lot of excess juice and leave the dish watery, so with this dish, less is more. The goal is to just warm up and soften the zucchini and give it a chance to soak in the flavor of the other ingredients.
- Once the zucchini is cooked, set it aside and add in 1 jar of AnnaMaria’s Torino Tomato sauce to the pan. (This dish also works well with Milano or Pinerolo) Warming the sauce should only take a minute or two and then it’s time to plate your dish! Spoon some Torino onto your delicious zucchini noodles, arrange your shrimp and top with grated parmesan cheese. Healthy, easy, and delicious!