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Zoodles With Pesto Recipe

If you need a gluten-free pasta, or are just trying to cut carbs, check out our Zoodles With Pesto recipe. The noodles are made from a zucchini.

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Zoodles and pesto in a bowl.

I heard about zoodles (zucchini noodles) but had never made them. I’m not all too concerned about carbs, or cutting them out, so I haven’t really been looking for an alternative to spaghetti. And we eat vegetables all the time, so I wasn’t worried about sneaking them onto our menu.

But I wanted to make zoodles out of curiosity’s sake.

Zoodles, if you haven’t heard of them, are zucchini noodles. They’re traditionally made with a mandolin or spiral slicer. You could cut them by hand, but we don’t recommend that. It’s way too much unnecessary work.

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Zoodles With Pesto Recipe

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Zoodles With Pesto Ingredients:

How To Make Zoodles With Pesto:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

Using a spiral slicer, cut the zucchini into noodles.

Put a piece of parchment paper down on a cookie sheet. Lay the zoodles on top. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the zoodles and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and immediately place into bowls. Top with homemade kale and walnut pesto.

Eat immediately.

Zoodles: Frequently Asked Questions

Are zoodles worth the effort?

I’ll be honest: Using a spiral slicer to make zoodles is big pain in the neck. Chubbier zucchini works better than thinner ones, but it still isn’t easy.

Many of the strips stayed together in rows, which you then need to cut apart. It’s so much easier to open a box of pasta.

But — BUT! — after the first bite, Pete and I were in love with these. The entire meal, we kept raving about how amazing these zoodles were, how we want to start making them weekly, and how zoodles are our new favorite thing. They are a pain in the neck to make, that’s still true, but they are a delicious pain.

So yes, totally worth the effort.

Yield: 2 Servings

Zoodles With Pesto

Zoodles and pesto in a bowl.

If you need a gluten-free pasta, or are just trying to cut carbs, check out our Zoodles With Pesto recipe. The noodles are made from a zucchini.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup kale and walnut pesto

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Using a spiral slicer, cut the zucchini into noodles.
  3. Put a piece of parchment paper down on a cookie sheet. Lay the zoodles on top. Sprinkle with olive oil and salt. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the zoodles and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and immediately place into bowls. Top with homemade kale and walnut pesto.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 291Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 8mgSodium 446mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 5gSugar 6gProtein 8g

Have you tried this Zoodles With Pesto recipe? Comment below and let us know what you thought.

Dory Doyle

Wednesday 16th of September 2015

This looks delicious!!!

Heather

Friday 11th of September 2015

I will definitely be trying this! I’m a carb addict so I do a Whole30 month about 4 times a year and this recipe would be perfect! Thanks for sharing with the #GoodFriendsFriday linky, our new post is live, I hope you’ll join us again!

Shann Eva

Wednesday 9th of September 2015

I love making zoodles and your pesto sounds amazing. Thank you for linking up at #HomeMattersParty and hope to see you again soon.

Krissy @ Pretty Wee Things

Wednesday 9th of September 2015

YUM! My husband and I were exactly the same when we first tried them for dinner. I couldn't believe how 'pasta-like' they really were!

Stpeh

Saturday 5th of September 2015

I recently got a spiral slicer as a gift. I'm excited to hear about the tasty things that can be done with it - even if it takes a little bit of effort. We, too, eat a fair amount of vegetables, and aren't consciously cutting carbs - but hey, more veggies is always better, right?

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