Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Noodles

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Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:
  • 2 roasted red peppers, weighing 8 ounces
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ounces of soft goat cheese, (usually labeled chevre)
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
For the Zucchini Noodles:
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 pounds zucchini, ends cut off and spiralized or cut into ‘noodles’
Serve with:
  • chopped fresh parsley, freshly grated parmesan, extra goat cheese, and freshly ground black pepper
Instructionsimage1
  1. You don’t have to roast your own peppers to make this sauce – jarred ones work really well too but I wanted to give you my tips and tricks for doing it yourself! If you’re making your own roasted bell peppers, turn the oven on to the broiler setting. Place your bell peppers on a lined baking sheet, I like to do 6 at a time even though you only need 2 for this recipe. I like to freeze the extra roasted peppers for another meal!

    Place the baking sheet in the oven with the peppers near the broiler, (a couple of inches away from the heating element). When black spots appear, turn the peppers and continue to roast until all sides have been blackened. Remove the peppers from the oven and place them in a sealed glass container, (Pyrex is nice) or place them in a sealed Ziplock to cool down. This step helps to loosen the pepper skins making them so much easier to peel. After the peppers have cooled for 15-20 minutes, peel and deseed them.

    If you’re making your own roasted bell peppers, turn the oven on to the broiler setting. Place your bell peppers on a lined baking sheet, I like to do 6 at a time even though you only need 2 for this recipe. I like to freeze the extra roasted peppers for another meal! Place the baking sheet in the oven with the peppers near the broiler, (a couple of inches away from the heating element). When black spots appear, turn the peppers and continue to roast until all sides have been blackened.

  2. Add the 2 roasted bell peppers to the blender with the rest of the sauce ingredients, and blend until smooth.
  3. For the zucchini noodles, heat a large 15″ deep sided skillet over medium high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic – sauté for a minute or two until the onion is softened but not browned. Add the sea salt and zucchini noodles to the skillet and sauté using a pair of non-stick tongs to toss the noodles. Just as the zucchini noodles begin to soften, but before they start shedding water, add the sauce and cook just until the sauce is heated.
  4. Adjust the salt to your taste, and serve immediately with the freshly chopped parsley, grated parmesan, extra goat cheese, and freshly ground black pepper.
Notes
To spiralize the zucchini for this recipe, I used the smallest blade (1/8″) on a Paderno 3-blade spiralizer.
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