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Caprese Mushroom Zoodles
4-6 large zucchini (if you can’t find large zucchini, use small baby marrows)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
salt and pepper, to taste
500g mixed Portabellini and Baby Button mushrooms, sliced and whole
250g smooth ricotta cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
handful fresh basil leaves
1 x 400g tin whole peeled tomatoes
2 tbsp butter
1 small red onion, peeled and halved
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 For the tomato sauce: crush the tinned tomatoes with your hands into a medium saucepan. Add the butter, onion halves, chilli flakes and a pinch of salt.
2 Place over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. When the sauce is thick and the flavour has developed, discard the onion and switch off the heat.
3 Using a vegetable peeler, shave zucchini into long, even ribbons. Toss with a pinch of salt in a colander. Let stand until ready to use.
4 Heat oil and 1 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add mushrooms and cook, tossing often, until just tender and golden brown. Season.
5 To assemble: preheat oven grill. In a shallow baking dish, spread out the zucchini ribbons. Dollop spoonfuls of tomato sauce over the zoodles. Top with mushrooms and spoonfuls of ricotta. Season well. Top with freshly grated parmesan and place until the grill for 2-3 minutes. Serve scattered with fresh basil leaves.