July 27, 2014

Gluten Free Italian Recipe: Zucchini Pasta with Ragu Sauce

NOTE: For health reasons we usually use ground turkey in place of beef in most recipes but we couldn't find it this time. You can use ground chicken as well but the last time we used ground chicken we all got a headache from it, chemicals? If you opt for the ground chicken, make sure you watch them grind the meat using the whole chicken? 
                                      



Zucchini Pasta with Ragu Sauce: Gluten Free Italian Food! 

This recipe is gluten free, delicious and really quite simple to prepare.  Back when we lived in the states we had so much zucchini in the garden we couldn't eat it fast enough. Zucchini is a garden wonder as it grows really fast and can get really big! I used to make zucchini bread, zucchini cake, and cookies with the zucchini that grew too big.  And now here's another thing you can use the bigger zucchini for; making pasta!


You will need a spiralizer. Sorry, not sure if they sell the spiralizer at Coral here in Cuenca but it won't hurt to look and see next time you are in there. I got mine in the u.s. You can use different veggies in the spiralizer to make simple, healthy, creative dishes.


Ingredients 
10 cloves garlic, diced
3 tbsp EV olive oil
1 or two onions, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
6 tomatoes, chopped
2 or 3 lbs ground beef, turkey, or chicken
3 large size zucchini (serves 4 to 5 people)
Handful of fresh basil (or dried works too)
2 or 3 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 large packets of "LOS ANDES" tomato paste (Coral) or 1 small can tomato paste (u.s)
2 tsp sea salt or to taste
3 cups of water
Parmesan cheese


Preparation 
Saute garlic until brown; add diced vegetables and allow to cook for ten minutes. Add chopped tomatoes to vegetables and continue cooking 10 or 15 minutes with the lid on. Then add the tomato paste and 3 cups of water and allow the sauce to cook for ten more minutes, lid on. 


Meanwhile, in a frying pan, brown ground beef  or turkey.

After sauce has cooked for the 10 minutes,add the herbs and seasonings, stir well.


After ground meat has cooked, add it to the sauce and cook on low for 2 hours, lid ajar. Check the sauce every half hour or so, stirring to make sure it does not stick.


Preparing the zucchini: You will need a spiralizer.  Pick the size and thickness of pasta by using the appropriate gadget on the machine. (See the video)


About one half hour before sauce is done, Saute the zucchini in EV olive oil, garlic and sea salt. Only allow to quickly cook for 4 to 5 minutes as you do not want the zucchini pasta to get mushy. Strain out any excess water from zucchini.


If cooking for just two people you'll only need one large zucchini.

Place zucchini pasta on individual serving plates, pour on plenty of sauce and Parmesan cheese.  Eat right away while it is nice and hot! Delicious! Enjoy this healthy, gluten free Italian dinner. Serve with bread and a side salad.


2 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds great.
    I'm curious, how much is the gorund beef and how does it compare to the beef back in the states?

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    1. It is less expensive to buy at Supermaxi than at Coral. About the same price as in the states. It has a stronger flavor than the beef in the states.

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