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Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pumpkin Seed Pesto

  • Level

    Level Easy

  • Serves

    Serves 4

  • Preparation

    Preparation 20 minutes

Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Nothing better then a delicious pasta meal with the family. Fresh, raw zucchini noodles tossed with basil pesto and cherry tomatoes make a light, healthy meal.
A perfect recipe for lunch or dinner, or serve it as a side!
Amazing recipe brought to you by @cookieandkate


Basil Pumpkin Seed Pesto

½ small yellow onion, roughly chopped*
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves (arugula works, too)
½ cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds), toasted**
⅓ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, to taste (or lemon juice)
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt, to taste

Zucchini Noodles
3 large zucchini
1 pint cherry tomatoes (Heather served her tomatoes whole; I halved mine vertically)
Fresh basil leaves, for garnishing

Step 1

To prepare the pesto: In a food processor, combine the onion (if using, see notes), garlic, basil, toasted pepitas, olive oil, vinegar and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth and season with salt, to taste (I added about ½ teaspoon—if the mixture tastes overwhelmingly oniony, don’t worry, it will mellow in a few minutes. I added another teaspoon of vinegar to help balance the flavors).

Step 2

Spiralize the zucchini with a spiralizer, or turn the zucchini into noodles with a julienne peeler, or grate the zucchini the long way on a large box grater. Toss the zucchini with pesto until well coated, and season with salt (I added another ¼ teaspoon).

Step 3

Transfer the pesto noodles to a large platter and sprinkle with the cherry tomatoes. Tuck the fresh basil in to the corners to garnish. And Enjoy! Deliciousness by @cookieandkate

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