Eat to the Beat: Garlicky Spaghetti with Zucchini and Fresh Herbs & Toadies

October 18th, 2012 12:37 pm by Kelly Garbato


The song: “Possum Kingdom” by Toadies (lyrics)

The foodstuff: Garlicky Spaghetti with Zucchini and Fresh Herbs, served with Garlicky Greens from Pasta East to West: A Vegetarian World Tour (veganized, of course!)

The connection: Garlic, it keeps the vamps away!


Garlicky Spaghetti with Zucchini and Greens from Pasta East to West (0019)


While I could probably design an entire Vegan MoFo theme around pasta – I love carbs that much – I’m limiting myself to three pasta dishes this month. Last week saw Penne alla Vodka Martini from The Tipsy Vegan; this time around, we have Garlicky Spaghetti with Zucchini and Fresh Herbs from Pasta East to West, served with a side of Garlicky Greens (also from PE2W) for extra-special vampire repellent purposes.

Eat this for dinner, and not even Angel himself will be able to breach your defenses. (On second thought, don’t eat this for dinner because ANGEL! On third thought, he was kind of a creepy stalker dude on BtVS…)

Like the Penne alla Vodka Martini, the Garlicky Spaghetti is laced with alcohol – dry white wine, to be precise – the flavor of which is subtle yet noticeable (and very, very tasty). The main veggie in this dish is zucchini, but the author suggests variations for pasta with black olives or sundried tomatoes. I used both, since I love olives and tomatoes just about equally!


Garlicky Spaghetti with Zucchini and Greens from Pasta East to West (0020)


The greens – you can choose between kale, spinach, collard green, and Swiss chard (I cheated and used a prepackaged mix of spinach and other stuffs) – are steamed on the stove top with a bit of olive oil and water, and then drained. I had my doubts, but Atlas won me over. Mine were a little soggy – instead of draining them, I pressed them with a slatted spoon – but otherwise quite good.

In both the pasta and greens, the author uses cloves of garlic, which are then removed after cooking. I just went with minced garlic and left in it, which worked like a charm. Possibly it also resulted in a more garlicky dish, which is also a good thing. I am a garlic fiend!

If this is the price of surviving the vampire apocalypse, I’m happy to pay up.

And yes I like the Toadies – or at least this one song – so what of it? I never claimed to have impeccable taste, mkay.


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