Hi, friends. So. Big News. I’m finally on the zucchini noodles bandwagon! Hooray! I know, I know. They’ve been “a thing” for a long time. I’ve just never tried ’em. Today was the day. I made Coconut Turmeric Zucchini Noodles and I’m officially in love.
Okay, friends. Here. We. Go. My love for pizza shouldn’t be a secret at this stage in our relationship. However, if you’re just tuning in, don’t be shy! You can read more here. It’s been a pizza-bonanza at our house lately. I’m on a righteous quest to find (make, eat, etc.) the best homemade pizza. It’s been a tough, tasty battle thus far, but somebody’s gotta do it. Emphasis on the tasty. Taystee. (Speaking of Taystee: we so loved the latest Orange is the New Black season, didn’t you? SO GOOD.) Okay, okay back to pizza. Beet Pesto Pizza specifically.
I first made chermoula about 6 or 7 months ago after reading about it in Amanda Freitag’s new cookbook. It caught my attention because of the gorgeous photo in the book, and because at a glance it sounded like a lovely twist on pesto. The first time I whipped up a batch, Nick and I tasted it and thought “okay, this is good, nice and interesting but maybe not spectacular.” Let me tell you, though: this sauce grew on us. I don’t even know how or why, but since that first time, I’ve found myself making chermoula often. It’s quickly devoured with hunks of bakery-fresh bread and that’s it. No frills. I promise, once you make this, you’ll find yourself going back for more… and more.
I think it’s safe to say everyone has their favorite go-to pasta sauce. But, if by chance you don’t, well then friends, you’ve come to the right place! I seriously urge you to try this Smashed Tomato & Fennel Sauce. It is, quite simply, amazing and I make it all the time. All.The.Time. It’s not even an exaggeration. <— Ahem, attention, listen up: this is why you must try it!