Pesto Zucchini Pasta

By Nikki Sheriff

This pasta dish is fancy and fun. Make noodles out of zucchini and incorporate a rich pesto sauce for a meal everyone will love.

Pesto Zucchini Pasta
  • 2 small zucchini

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

  • 2 TBSP olive oil + 1 TBSP

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped

  1. Slice the zucchini with a julienne slicer or vegetable noodle slicer.

  2. In a food processor or blender, purée the basil, pine nuts, cheese and garlic. Slowly pour in the 2 TBSP olive oil with the blender on.

  3. In a sauté pan, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add zucchini noodles and stir, cooking until almost tender, about 3-4 minutes.

  4. Add pesto and sun dried tomatoes and stir until everything is warmed and tender.

  5. Dish up and top with extra Parmesan if desired.

Nutritional Facts

For 1/4 the recipe
Calories 179
Total Fat 15g
Sodium 266mg
Carbohydrates 5g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugar 2
Protein 6

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2 replies

jcoahum 2016-02-15 19:19:25 -0600 Report

Really yummy. I like the zoodles more than spaghetti squash. However, I would use 3 or 4 zucchini rather than 2. The ratio of pesto to zucchini was really heavy, and as written the recipe didn't really make enough for two adults. Next time I will make that alteration, but otherwise, really good recipe.

ohneclue 2016-01-28 21:36:41 -0600 Report

Very tasty. I use zucchini in place of spaghetti all the time and I love it. Just made this type of dish today. By going wheat-free and using zucchini pasta, I've lost 75 pounds in 2 years, cut my diabetes medicine by 75%, all my lipids have been normal for 9 months and my A1c readings say I'm almost non-diabetic now (except for taking the insulin because my pancreas doesn't work but I'm type 2). And all I had to do was NOT eat the ADA diet of 279 carbs a day and "whole-wheat" stuff they say is "healthy" when it's not. In June, 2013, I read "Wheat Belly" and it changed my life.