About This Carrot Pasta Recipe
Incorporating raw fruits and vegetables in our daily meals has numerous health benefits, such as: feeling more energetic, having better skin, improved digestion, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. A balanced diet that includes foods of different colors, flavors, and textures, is essential for our well-being.
Raw carrots are crunchy root vegetables, low in calories, and rich in nutrients. The best known have an orange color, but purple, yellow, white, and red can also be found.
This versatile and popular veggie is good for your eyes, being rich in beta-carotene. It is loaded with antioxidants that fight off harmful free radicals in your body. Being rich in vitamin C boosts your immune system. Carrots help with constipation and even aid control diabetes, keeping your blood sugar levels under control.
When you don’t want wheat pasta or rice noodles, or if you need to avoid gluten, carrot noodles can be a satisfying and healthier alternative.
Have you ever tried spiralized carrots? They are so easy to make. A spiralizer is a useful kitchen tool that can help you incorporate more veggies into your daily meals. If you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t worry, you can use a peeler, and you can still enjoy these orange carrot noodles smothered in a creamy, zesty, garlic sauce with a hint of sweetness and spiciness.
I like Asian cuisine, but I’m not a fan of ginger. I’ve tried it in several recipes, but it did not convince me. When I first tried this dish, it blew my mind. The combination of ginger, garlic, tamari, lime juice, honey, and the tahini’s creaminess is incredible. Now I can’t imagine my carrot noodles without this dressing. The crunchiness of the carrots and the zestiness of the sauce are absolute perfection.
What You Need for This Carrot Pasta Recipe
- Carrots. Carrots are full of vitamins and minerals, and their vibrant orange color is perfect for this recipe.
- Unhulled Tahini. Unhulled tahini is made from the whole seed, is darker and more bitter than hulled tahini, and richer in calcium. It also gives the perfect creaminess to the sauce.
- Tamari. Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce and is traditionally made as a by-product of miso paste. It has a darker color, richer flavor, and is less salty than soy sauce.
- Lime Juice. Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a distinct zesty sour flavor to the sauce.
- Walnut Oil. The walnut oil gives a rich nutty flavor and is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients.
- Ginger. Ginger is a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine. Its peppery aroma with hints of lemon gives a distinct flavor to the dish.
- Garlic. Garlic is a staple ingredient in almost all cuisines, and it makes food taste delicious. It gives a powerful and intense flavor to the sauce.
- Honey. The honey rounds up all the flavors and also helps bring out that natural sweetness from the carrots.
- Chilli Flakes. Chilli flakes add that nice kick of spiciness.
- Sesame Seeds. Sesame seeds, besides that little bit of crispiness, also give a nice visual touch.
- Pine Nuts. Pine nuts add a satisfying crunch and intensify the nutty flavor of this dish.
- Tamari. If you can’t find tamari, you may substitute it with soy sauce, but note that it includes wheat.
- Unhulled Tahini. You can substitute it with hulled tahini, but you can also use cashew, almond, or peanut butter.
- Walnut Oil. If you don’t have walnut oil, you can substitute it with sesame oil, peanut oil, or even olive oil.
- Toppings. You can substitute parsley with cilantro, and you can also use chopped cashews or peanuts instead of pine nuts.
- Lime Juice. If you don’t have lime, lemon juice will work well too.
What can I serve with these carrot noodles?
These carrot noodles are great for a vegan dish with stir-fried veggies, fried tofu, or roasted chickpeas. But you may also combine it with stir-fried chicken, beef, or fish.
For how long can I store these noodles?
You can store these carrot noodles in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 day. I don’t recommend freezing them.
Carrot Pasta with A Creamy Zesty Garlic Sauce
This recipe is a healthy gluten-free side dish made with vibrant orange crunchy carrot noodles seasoned with a delicious and creamy garlic sauce—a quick and easy vegan delight.
Yield: 2 servings
For the sauce
How To Make Carrot Pasta Step By Step
Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and mix well.
Spiralize the carrots.
Pour the sauce over the carrot noodles, and toss gently until the carrots are thoroughly coated with the sauce.
Top with freshly chopped parsley, sesame seeds, and pine nuts and serve.
• Taste the sauce and add additional tamari, lime juice, or honey to your liking.
• Don’t peel the carrots; just wash them well first. The peel has lots of nutrients.
• For long noodles, use thick carrots.
• You can spiralize the carrots or even purchase them pre-spiralized if you wish.