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Zucchini Pasta with Pesto & Cherry Tomatoes

Zucchini “pasta” is a staple in our house. There are multiple ways to prepare it so that you won’t ever become tired of this easy to make favorite. The secret is in the sauce. Serve it with this fresh and ridiculously delicious pesto that is deliciously satisfying without any dairy.. Prepare the pesto ahead of time for a mid-week meal that can be made in a flash!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4-6

4 zucchinis, sliced or spiralized
2 cups fresh basil leaves, tightly packed (can use 1 cup spinach too for extra greens)
¼ cup olive oil, add until desired consistency (use more if necessary)
1 clove fresh garlic, roughly chopped
½-1 teaspoon sea salt
½ cup walnuts or pine nuts (or some combination of both)
½ lemon, juiced
¼ cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
black pepper to taste
crushed red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped in halves or quarters

Zucchini “pasta” is a staple in our house. There are multiple ways to prepare it so that you won’t ever become tired of this easy to make favorite. The secret is in the sauce. Serve it with this fresh and ridiculously delicious pesto that is deliciously satisfying without any dairy.. Prepare the pesto ahead of time for a mid-week meal that can be made in a flash!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4-6

4 zucchinis, sliced or spiralized
2 cups fresh basil leaves, tightly packed (can use 1 cup spinach too for extra greens)
¼ cup olive oil, add until desired consistency (use more if necessary)
1 clove fresh garlic, roughly chopped
½-1 teaspoon sea salt
½ cup walnuts or pine nuts (or some combination of both)
½ lemon, juiced
¼ cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
black pepper to taste
crushed red pepper flakes to taste
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped in halves or quarters

METHOD

For the “pasta”, use a julienne peeler or knife to make long thin slices.  If you own a spiralizer, that’s the least labor intensive way to make the noodles.

Combine the basil, spinach, nuts, lemon, cheese (if using), salt, and garlic in a food processor and combine until coarsely ground. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and process. Add enough olive oil to keep it moist. Next, add salt and pepper to taste. Cover the zucchini with pesto and top it with chopped tomatoes. Store any remaining pesto in a tightly sealed container for up to 4 days. Start twirling and enjoy!

NOTE: This “pasta” can also be served warm. Heat a pan with some olive oil and add the zucchini. Cook for 3-4 minutes adding in the tomatoes and pesto for the last minute. Eat immediately.