In the Kitchen: Zucchini Noodles w/ Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

(WTNH)– Food Blogger Alicia Ghio shows us how to cook Zucchini Noodles with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto.

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Zucchini Noodles with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Recipe:
Serves 2

Ingredients

•    2 large or 3 medium-sized zucchini
•    1 cup sun dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
•    ½ cup fresh basil leaves
•    1 garlic clove
•    juice of half a lemon
•    2 tablespoons olive oil
•    salt and pepper
•    crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions

1.    To make the noodles, slice the zucchinis into noodles on a spiral slicer, mandolin, cheese grater or hand peeler. Set aside in a large bowl.
2.    To make the sauce: In a food processor add the tomatoes and basil. Roughly cop the garlic clove and add to the food processor. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Put on the lid and pulse until finely chopped.
3.    Mix the sauce onto your zucchini noodles and let it side for 10-15 minutes. This lets the flavors come together and softens the noodles.
4.    Mix again and if desired, sprinkle with crushed red pepper. Serve.

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