Zucchini Pasta Alla Norma

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Zucchini Pasta Alla Norma

Zucchini Pasta Alla Norma

There’s no sugar coating the day after a long holiday weekend. If you’re a coffee drinker, it’s time to hook up an IV of your favorite brew.

Honestly, when I woke up this morning, part of me thought I was still at my parent’s place in Florida, which meant I was getting up for another day of the beach.

Luckily, I have a lot to look forward to these next few weeks, which will fuel me through this post-Memorial Day weekend Tuesday.

Zucchini Pasta Alla Norma

Literally, there are 25 days left until our wedding. Twenty-five. Needless to say, I have a lot of wedding-related planning to do, which is great, but not as exciting as the fact that I get to marry Lu in a little over three weeks.

So, I have that to motivate me through this week, as well as a lot of cooking to prepare for said wedding and my honeymooooon! I’m going to be cooking lots, so make sure you follow me on Snapchat (username inspiralized) and Instagram, as I’ll be posting sneak peeks as I cook close to three recipes a day from now until I tie the knot!

Zucchini Pasta Alla Norma

Anyways, I hope you all had a wonderful, happy and relaxing weekend, wherever you were and whatever you did. I spent mine in Florida (Singer Island) at my parent’s condo with my sister, her boyfriend, Lu and of course, my parents. A much-needed beach vacation!

This picture pretty much sums it all up:

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Now that it’s the unofficial start of summer, we have that to look forward to – trips down the shore, margaritas outside and sunny road trips.

And of course, summer means zucchinis are in season, which means plenty of zucchini noodle recipes, like this one – a classic Italian dish, made with spiralized zucchini!

Zucchini Pasta Alla Norma

Pasta alla norma is a simple pasta dish made with sauteed eggplant. The eggplant is typically drenched in olive oil, cooked until brown and then tossed with a simple tomato sauce and pasta.

Here, the toasted pine nuts add more savory flavor, with a little crunch and added nutrients. This dish is easy to make, quick to whip up, and it’s under 400 calories – so definitely post-Memorial Day weekend detox-friendly!

Zucchini Pasta Alla Norma

I’m very much looking forward to whipping up some healthy meals for you all this week! Welcome back, everyone!

Are you ready for the summer?

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 13 points

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Zucchini Pasta Alla Norma

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups diced eggplant
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 medium zucchinis Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the eggplant and season with salt and pepper. Cook until eggplant is browned and soft. When done, transfer to a plate (do not line with paper towels.)
  • In the same skillet, add in garlic and red pepper flakes and let cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Then, add in the tomatoes and then season with oregano, salt and pepper. Lower heat to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes. Right when the sauce is done, fold in the eggplant.
  • Meanwhile, place a small skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet heats, add in the pine nuts and let cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown, shaking the pan to ensure the nuts don’t burn. When done, set aside.
  • Five minutes into cooking the sauce, add another large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Once the pan is heated, add in the zucchini noodles and let cook, tossing occasionally, for 3-5 minutes or until cooked to your preference.
  • Plate the noodles into bowls and top with equal amounts of sauce. Garnish with parsley and pine nuts.

 

 

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7 comments

annie says:
This looks great. Ali, I hope you are incorporating something spiralized into your wedding, like spiralized chocolate on the cake.... hmmmmm don't know if that would work. I'm sure you have already thought of something! Good luck and congratulations. I certainly hope we get to see some pics!i
Mmm I love eggplant! And how exciting your wedding is so soon!!
Jean Rudko says:
Yum that looks great. I love eggplant. Excited about my garden this year. I planted lots of vegetables that can be spiralized. (purple potatoes and multi colored carrots- think that will be pretty) Ali, did you pick wedding songs yet? I think "Sugar" is a perfect song for cake cutting. But then again, I love Maroon 5.
Carol says:
Oh my, this is tasty and easy. I doubled the ingredients and used fresh oregano, but otherwise stuck to the recipe.
Your FL trip sounds so fun!! This dish looks ah-mazing!! Can't wait to try it :)
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cauliflower and carrot masala, totally normal meal on thanksgiving eve, right? 😅🥄

tomorrow we’re going to my BIL’s to hang out with Lu’s side of the family, and I’m excited to see everyone (it’s been YEARS!) and have the kids spend time with their cousins, aunts and uncles 🙏🏼

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safe travels today and tomorrow and wishing everyone a safe and happy thanksgiving 🦃 I’m so grateful for you
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