Zucchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Oven Dried Tomatoes

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Zucchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Oven Dried Tomatoes
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Ingredients

  • 8 green squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed (divided)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 5 plum tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch thick rounds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • Sugar
  • 2 pounds of Crimini mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Pesto
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)

Preparation

Using a julienne peeler, peel 8 green squash vertically to make spaghetti.

Sauté 2 cloves garlic in olive oil for 1 minute and add squash. Add salt and pepper and cook on a low flame 5-7 minutes. Close fire and add pesto to squash. If using heavy cream, add it to pesto.  Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

Oven dried tomatoes: Slice tomatoes in rounds and place on tray with olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, crushed garlic and a sprinkle of sugar. Bake uncovered at 300°F for 2½-3 hours.

Roasted mushrooms: Clean Crimini mushrooms with a dry paper towel. Cut tough stems and slice mushroom in half. Place them on a tray and add pepper, fresh rosemary and olive oil. Roast uncovered at 400°F for 40 minutes.

When mushrooms are roasted, remove from oven, add salt and set aside.  Place squash mixture at room temperature around the circumference of a round dish.  Leave room in the center and place the mushrooms.  Top the squash with oven dried tomatoes and serve.

Tip

Oven dried tomatoes can be made beforehand, frozen on a tray and stored in a plastic bag.  When using, take out of bag and lay flat on a plate.