Spaghetti With Zucchini Pasta Sauce

Traditional spaghetti is a classic comfort food that has stood the test of time and is usually a family favorite. But sometimes you may want to mix things up a little bit with some different flavors. Are you looking for a new and easy recipe to try? Check out this easy spaghetti with zucchini pasta sauce.

Ingredients for Spaghetti with Zucchini Pasta Sauce

1 lb spaghetti
1 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
4 large zucchini, coarsely grated
1 tsp black pepper
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, shredded
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

How to Make Spaghetti with Zucchini Pasta Sauce

Follow package instructions for boiling the pasta. Drain and place into a large bowl.

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat and then add the crushed garlic and zucchini. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the zucchini has softened. Stir in pepper and basil.

To toast pine nuts, place them into a small dry pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Or you can toast them on a baking sheet in a toaster oven set at 325 or your kitchen oven set at 375. Again, stir frequently to prevent them from burning. Or try Alton Brown’s microwave method.

To serve, spoon the zucchini pasta sauce over the hot spaghetti and top with the toasted pine nuts and cheese. Serve with hot crusty bread and a tossed salad for a fun twist on a classic dinner.

Looking for some other spaghetti recipes? You can find 30 other recipes as part of a celebration of National Spaghetti Day, which happens to be on January 4. There’s something for everyone — all kinds of flavors from seafood to chicken to veggie. Serve it hot or cold. Make it on the stove, in the oven, or in the slow cooker. Enjoy!

How do you like to serve your spaghetti?

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Light Guacamole Recipe

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Avocados are life. Can I get an amen? Seriously, I could contentedly eat avocados every day, because there are so many ways to do it. And they are so good for you! But perhaps you are looking to hold back and keep to the lighter side of your eating life. If you’re looking for immediate gratification, I suggest the Trader Joe’s Reduced Fat guacamole. But if you’re like me and like to try to make food at home, try out this light guacamole recipe.

Ingredients for Light Guacamole

  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 1 tomato, peeled and chopped

How to Make Light Guacamole

  1. Add onion, salt, lime juice, cottage cheese, garlic, and avocado to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and gently stir in the chopped tomato.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap allowing the plastic to actually touch the entire surface of the guacamole.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve.

This makes for a nice, creamy light guacamole that is perfect for dipping. Some people may prefer to use dried onion flakes instead of fresh onion. Those who like a bit more heat may want to throw in a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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Keep this a low-fat snack by serving it with low-fat tortilla chips, carrot sticks or celery. Chicken and turkey sandwiches and even a burger or veggie burger are also calling for some light guacamole on top!

Chicken and Waffles with Maple and Sriracha for Brunch

The first time one of the local barbecue restaurants advertised having chicken and waffles on the menu, I felt my stomach lurch and shuddered. That just sounded gross. When I was in Chicago for a Pearl Jam weekend, we did stop at one place for breakfast that had them featured on the menu. Honestly, I can’t remember if I tried them or not. So they must have been quite uneventful.

Then the bar and grill by my house decided to try them on the menu one night. Being a regular, I had the honor of being the first to sample them. My huge stack arrived with a lot of creamy maple sauce, a few dots of sriracha, and maple syrup to pour over them. I was impressed at how tasty they were and even suggested a bit more heat to give it flavor. (I am not one for a lot of heat in my food.)

A couple of tweaks were made over time and the chicken and waffles quickly became the hot seller on their new brunch menu. Popularity increased so much that they are now a staple on the regular menu, as well. And seriously, they are so worth it!

On one recent visit, they even had a special where they added layers of bacon to the whole thing. Bacon. Need I say more?

Chicken and Waffles at Home

Want to make these at home? I can’t divulge all of the secrets behind this luscious plate of brunch goodness, but I can share a few tips with you from the creator.

Use chicken thighs. Part of this rationale in a restaurant is being able to save a little bit of money and thus save the customer a bit of money. But who doesn’t want to save money at home, as well? Thighs are a little darker than breast meat, but substitute well. They’re still good for you, much more flavorful, and cook faster.

Use panko bread crumbs. Traditional bread crumbs are great, but there’s something about the flavor of the panko bread crumbs and the fact that they seem to make for a crispier chicken. They also work whether you are frying or baking the chicken.

Balance the savory and sweet. Experiment to find the balance that best suits your personal palate. Like I said earlier, I am not one who really enjoys a lot of heat, so I like a little bit less sriracha sauce than others. Some people like a lot of heat and would prefer that over the sweeter sauce, though that sweet sauce does have a little kick to it. (And no, I cannot divulge the secret ingredient of that particular sauce, but I am sure you can find something that you would like!) Also remember that you are likely to serve this with maple syrup to drizzle on top.

Layer the goodness. Use thicker waffles to provide more support and to be less likely to get soggy. Put one waffle on the bottom with a bit of your sweet sauce. Add a chicken thigh on top with your sriracha. Make one more layer on top. You want that sweet and savory to mix all the way through for sheer gustatory delight.

So have you ever tried chicken and waffles? How were they made? What is your favorite way of eating them?