What I'm about to write about might make it so Michael Symon never speaks to me again - a vegetarian dish! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I am a big supporter of local farmers and this is the second year we've belong to Plum Creek Farm's CSA. That means we have a fridge full of fresh veggies all summer long. Earlier this week, Michael Ruhlman, who describes himself as, "...someone who all but baths in animal protein and pork fat," created this simple - it took me less than 30 minutes to make - and satisfying recipe to take advantage of the garden's bounty - Vegetarian "Spaghetti and Meatballs."
As I was cooking dinner, my wife walked into the room and asked what I was making. I described the dish as Vegetarian "Spaghetti and Meatballs" with julienned zucchini, yellow squash, and carrots as "spaghetti noodles" and cherry tomatoes as "meatballs." She sighed and asked where the carb, protein and meat were. Fortunately we were both very pleasantly surprised how delicious this dish turned out. Check out Ruhlman's blog to see how he made it or read below to see how I adapted his recipe.
Photo courtesy of Donna Ruhlman via ruhlman.com
Vegetarian "Spaghetti and Meatballs”
Slightly Adapted from Ruhlman’s Recipe - http://ruhlman.com/2010/08/sauteed-zucchini.html
3 tablespoons butter (I would use less next time)
1/3 cup red onion
salt, to taste
6 garlic cloves
1 yellow squash
2 large carrots
Crushed red pepper, to taste
freshly ground pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
Tomatoes, preferably cherry tomatoes (“meatballs”)
Using a mandolin or good knife skills, julienne the zucchini, squash, and carrot.
Finely chop the onion, shallot, and garlic.
Melt half the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
Add shallot, red onion, and garlic and salt and cook for a couple minutes until translucent,
Add the zucchini, squash, carrot, and additional butter. Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper and saute until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Plate the “spaghetti noodles” (squash & carrot mixture), grate Parmesan cheese over the top, and finish with the “meatballs” (cherry tomatoes or other tomatoes).