Have I been craving spaghetti since I’ve been drinking red wine, or have I been drinking red wine in an attempt to quell my cravings for spaghetti?
Either way, I can’t get enough of this Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir that Dave bought for me. Merlot used to be my favorite kind of wine, but I think this Pinot has overtaken it. I’ve had 1-2 glasses every night this week. I’m not worried because red wine, in moderation, is heart healthy! Hey, if the Mayo Clinic says it, it must be true.
Regardless, I decided tonight once and for all to get rid of my spaghetti craving. For some reason, every time I make pasta, I have Dean Martin’s version of Mambo Italiano running through my head. But I grew up in a household where every word was the start of a song, so can you blame me?
First, I julienned a medium zucchini to make zucsketti as my base.
I still haven’t quite got a feel for the mandolin yet, but I’m working on it. After I julienned the zucchini, I put it in a colander and tossed it with a sprinkling of salt and let it sit to extract excess water. After about 20 minutes, I blotted the zucchini to remove the water and some of the salt.
Meanwhile, I worked on my tomato sauce. Pasta sauce is so easy to make at home, albeit a bit time consuming.
First, I heated one tbsp of olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat, then sauteed one small chopped onion, two minced garlic cloves, and two chopped portabella caps for about ten minutes. Afterwards, I added a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes and an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. (I like my pasta sauces on the chunky side).
I also cooked up a few ounces of whole grain spaghetti and used half an ounce myself to mix in with my zucsketti. The rest for Dave’s lunch tomorrow, because he’s not a fan of zucchini.
My pile of spaghetti topped with a bit of shredded Parmesan. It’s amazing how I don’t even miss the noodles–most of the ‘spaghetti’ flavor is in the tomato sauce and cheese for me. Those who are used to meaty sauces might feel differently.
Off to finish my Pinot Noir–♪ It’s a like a vino! ♪