Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

Craving a light and flavorful dish that’s also low-carb and nutritious? Look no further than our delightful recipe for “Zucchini Noodles with Pesto.” These zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are tossed in a delectable homemade pesto sauce, creating a satisfying and healthy meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and nourished.

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Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2-3

Difficulty: Easy

Course: Main Course, Side Dish

Cuisine: Italian, Healthy

kcal: Approximately 200 kcal per serving

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Ingredients:

  • 3 medium zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (or any nuts of your choice)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cherry tomatoes and extra basil leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Using a spiralizer or a julienne peeler, create zucchini noodles by cutting the zucchinis into long, thin strips. If you prefer, you can also use a vegetable peeler to make wider ribbons.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the fresh basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and garlic. Pulse the ingredients until they are finely chopped.
  3. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil until a smooth and creamy pesto sauce forms. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a large non-stick skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini noodles to the skillet and sauté them for about 2-3 minutes, or until they are just tender.
  5. Remove the skillet from heat and toss the zucchini noodles with the homemade pesto sauce until they are well coated.
  6. Serve the Zucchini Noodles with Pesto immediately, garnishing with cherry tomatoes and extra basil leaves for a pop of color and freshness if desired.

Note: These Zucchini Noodles with Pesto are a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or as a side with grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu. Feel free to add other ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes, olives, or artichoke hearts to customize the dish to your liking.

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Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size: 1 serving of Zucchini Noodles with Pesto (approximately 1/3 of the recipe)
  • Calories: Approximately 200 kcal
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 5g

Enjoy the light and vibrant flavors of Zucchini Noodles with Pesto, a delightful combination of freshness and taste. This dish is not only easy to make but also a great way to incorporate more veggies into your diet. Savor the goodness of this low-carb, nutrient-rich meal, and let your taste buds be delighted!

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