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Pesto Zucchini Noodles Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

A healthy alternative to my favorite pesto pasta recipe. Zucchini noodles are covered in homemade basil pesto and topped with fresh mozzarella and sauteed tomatoes.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pound zucchini noodles (2 medium zucchinis, spiralized)
  • 10 sungold or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8-ounce ball of fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Homemade Pesto

  • 3 loosely packed cups of basil leaves, about 2.5 ounces
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Instructions

For the pesto

  1. Combine all pesto ingredients except for the olive oil in a food processor or blender. Blend/pulse until mixed and smooth.
  2. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until combined. Pesto should not be too soupy or fine. Set aside. Can be made a day in advance and stored in the fridge in a tightly sealed container. Cover with plastic wrap seated directly on top of the surface to prevent browning/air exposure.

For the chicken and zucchini

  1. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. If adding chicken, sauté until fully cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Season all over with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes. Set chicken/tomatoes aside on a plate and remove excess moisture on the pan if any.
  2. Add a splash of more oil along with zucchini noodles. Heat through until warm and just tender. Do not overcook or they will get soggy. 1-2 minutes is all you need.
  3. Return chicken/tomatoes to the pan and turn off the heat. Toss the dish with pesto until fully coated.
  4. Serve in bowls topped with fresh chopped mozzarella.

Notes

If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a standard blender or single-serve blender instead. Just don’t blend the ingredients too aggressively or it will turn into a creamy paste. If using a single-serve blender, combine all ingredients together and pulse until smooth. Shaking the containing in between blends will help to mix the ingredients if they get “stuck.”


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 612
  • Sugar: 21.7g
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Fat: 32.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.6g
  • Fiber: 10.1g
  • Protein: 51.5g
  • Cholesterol: 133mg

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