Fresh Zucchini Pasta with Bacon Braised Leeks & Blue Cheese

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by 365daysofbacon

Zucchini Bacon Pasta

Zucchini Bacon Pasta

Gluten-free? Low-carb? Paleo? Celiac?

Have your “pasta” and eat it too. With bacon. And blue cheese.

Thanks to Chef Ani and the Whole Foods “A Salute to Bacon” cooking class, I am now totally addicted to zucchini noodles.

This was definitely my favorite recipe because it involved trying so many fun new things:

  • Spiralizer – best way to make zucchini noodles!! (and other stuff)
  • “lardon” – small, chopped chunks of bacon
  • Cambazola – Brie-ish gorgonzola blue cheese blend
  • Ramps – wild leeks

This recipe was soooo delicious and so much fun. Pretty sure it was the favorite dish of many who attended the class.

Fresh Zucchini Pasta with Bacon Braised Leeks & Blue Cheese

Yield: 3-4 entrée servings or 6-8 side dish servings.
Variation: Serve over roasted poultry.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 thick-cut slices of bacon, cut into lardons
  • 1-2 zucchini, spiraled into noodles (I use this sweet Spiralizer thing)
  • 2-3 leeks, cleaned well, sliced
  • 1 bunch ramps, leaves separated from roots, roots finely sliced, leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 4 ounces Cambazola at room temperature
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts, roasted, peeled and chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat a medium pot or sauté pan with a tight fitting lid over medium high heat.
  2. Add the bacon and cook until the fat has rendered and lardons are crisp, 7-8 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add the leeks and ramp roots.
  4. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then de-glaze with wine.
  5. Cover the pot, place over medium low heat, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until leeks are very tender.
  6. When the leeks are almost finished, add the ramp leaves to the leek pan. Cook just until soft.
  7. Drain.
  8. Add the Cambazola, reserved bacon, & hazelnuts. Toss well to coat.
  9. Season to taste, serve over zucchini noodles, and enjoy.
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8 thoughts on “Fresh Zucchini Pasta with Bacon Braised Leeks & Blue Cheese

  1. Kate Lester says:

    What’s not to love? I’ll try it this weekend.

  2. jesselyn6585 says:

    This “pasta” sounds AMAZING!!!

  3. cmblake6 says:

    This made me drool. How long for the “noodles”? Temperature? Where do you get this “spiralizer” doobus? YUM!

    • i have the best answer news ever for this … the noods don’t need baking! they’re raw!! they are perfect texture and not even mushy. i am practically jumping for joy right now with love of them.

      i got my spiralizer on Amazon. Pretty cheap and the easiest thing ever to use and clean. i can’t wait to try out the other ways to use it, either. http://amzn.to/13nVH1t

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