Wondering what to do for date night? Nothing says romance quite like long strands of noodles à la Lady & the Tramp, but coming into the summer months you might not always want something so heavy and carb-laden. Your gluten-free prayers have been answered, with a healthy side of yum! Just make sure, if your sweetheart is someone with Celiac, that you check and double-check that whatever cheese and tomato sauce you’re using hasn’t come into contact with any wheat or flour ingredients. In just a few quick steps, you’ll be all set for an evening of heart fluttering, fork-twirling romance! Bon appetit and vive l’amour!


Zucchini Noodle Pasta

Serves 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


2 zucchinis, julienned

¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons pine nuts

¼ cup Parmesan cheese plus additional for garnish

1 garlic clove

¼ cup parsley

¾ cup fresh basil leaves

1 cup prepared tomato sauce, warm

salt and pepper


In a food processor, pulse together pine nuts, cheese, garlic, parsley and basil. Drizzle in all but 1 teaspoon olive oil and pulse until a smooth paste forms. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Heat remaining olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Add the zucchini noodles and cook for 2 minutes until slightly softened. Divide noodles between plates and top with tomato sauce and 2 tablespoons of prepared pesto. Garnish with parmesan cheese and a fresh sprig of basil.


Amanda_GarbuttAmanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.