Zucchini Noodles With Pesto (Keto & Vegan)
Zucchini noodles with pesto are delicious low-carb keto pesto pasta made of spiralized zucchini and cooked in a creamy almond milk pesto sauce.
This pesto zoodle recipe is also vegan and gluten-free.
What Are Zucchini Noodles?
Zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles, are vegetable pasta made of raw zucchini using a vegetable spiralizer.
Zucchini is also known as Courgette, Baby Marrow, or Summer Squash.
Zoodles have the same consistency as real pasta without the carbs or calories.
It is a healthy way of enjoying a pasta dish without the carbs, calories, or fat of wheat pasta.
In fact, zucchinis contain only 17 kcal and 2 grams of net carbs per 100 grams.
As a result, they are the perfect vegetable to create pasta-like dishes on a low-carb keto diet.
How To Make Pesto Zoodles
This zucchini noodle recipe uses Parmesan cheese. It should be noted that vegan Parmesan or nutritional yeast works very well for a vegan zoodle recipe.
Therefore, this recipe is a tasty keto vegan meal made with only 6 ingredients.
- Zucchini, it is up to you to peel the zucchini or not. Keeping the zucchini skin adds fiber and nutrients to your dish. Zucchinis are great keto-friendly vegetables, with less than 2 grams of net carbs per 100g.
- Olive oil or another healthy oil like avocado oil, or almond oil.
- Sunflower seeds or pine nuts if you prefer to make a regular pesto recipe, both contain the same amount of net carbs.
- Parmesan or vegan Parmesan – Parmesan is a keto-friendly cheese.
- Unsweetened Almond Milk is the magic ingredient to create a really creamy sauce without adding carbs or calories.
- Garlic cloves
Making Zucchini Noodles
Wash the summer squash and peel the skin with a vegetable peeler.
To cut the zucchini in spaghetti-like strands, you can use a mandoline, Julienne peeler, or a spiralizer.
You’ll get the best results with a spiralizer. It’s easy to use, quick, and delivers very consistent noodles.
Pat dry the zucchinis with a paper towel to drain some of the moisture and keep them in a colander.
Cooking Zucchini Noodles With Pesto
The best way to cook zucchini noodles is in a lightly oiled frying pan.
First, stir fry your noodles for 5 minutes to give them a little crisp and soften the center slightly.
Then, add your pesto and combine evenly.
Finally, pour a splash of unsweetened almond milk to create a creamy pesto sauce. You can also make my Spinach Pesto.
Obviously, it is recommended to not cook them for more than 10 minutes in total, or they will get really soft and lose their pasta texture.
Serving Zucchini Noodles
These zucchini noodles are delicious on their own, but you can also serve them on the side of a main dish.
The best options with this vegetarian side are:
- Cast-Iron Chicken Breast
- Gluten-Free Meatballs
- Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders
- Steak Alfredo In 30 Minutes
- Or any steak cooked with my Steak Cooking Guide
Serve the zucchini noodles with black pepper, some fresh Parmesan cheese, and a touch of fresh basil for flavor.
You can store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze them. Defrost them the day before in the fridge.
Rewarm in a saucepan under medium heat or microwave for 2-3 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Are Zucchini Noodles With Pest Called Pesto Zoodles?
Zoodles is a portmanteau of the words Zucchini and Noodles, so pest zucchini noodles are called pesto zoodles.
Can I Make Zoodles Without A Spiralizer?
If you don’t have a veggie spiralizer you can simply make noodles with a veggie peeler.
Peel thin ribbons from the zucchini, then slice each ribbon into thin strips.
This is time-consuming and it doesn’t make round noodles.
However, it is a cheap option to make keto noodles without fancy tools. Enjoy this pasta recipe and leave me a comment if you love it!
More Zucchini Recipes
If you love zucchini, I recommend you try the following zucchini recipes.
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