You would think we’re half Italian in this family, the way we love our pasta. We eat it on a weekly basis in all shapes and sizes, but I’m all too aware that it’s not always the healthiest choice. So, I decided to try a healthier version that my mom told me about recently. I’m calling it the Un-Pasta Marinara, but it’s actually Zucchini Marinara. And since this is peak zucchini season, it’s a great time to make it!

This recipe is super easy and very healthy, so it’s a win-win. You’ll need one medium zucchini per serving you want to make. Just wash and peel the zucchini, then continue to cut each one into long thin strips with the vegetable peeler until you’ve cut down to the seeds.

Then, just place the zucchini strips in a steamer basket over boiling water for approximately 2 minutes– just long enough to get it hot. Be careful not to leave it too long or it will start to break down and become too soft.

Once it’s hot, drain well & serve with your favorite marinara sauce. Add a little salt and parmesan and it tastes great!

So there ya go–it may not taste exactly like your Great Aunt Marcella’s famous spaghetti, but it’s distant cousin. A skinny distant cousin. Enjoy!