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Easy one pan pesto zoodles

Summer is not over. The weather is still hot, and we still want to avoid the oven. Pasta used to be my go-to when I wanted a hot, home-cooked meal in the summer, but one day I found this new little kitchen tool that shed light on the fact that I could make noodles without even boiling water. Needless to say, I’m quite obsessed over my spiralizer and its ability to create delicious, low-carb noodles from just about any oblong-shaped vegetable. The most common pasta pretender that I put on plates is the well-known zoodle. Zoodles are just zucchinis that have been spiralized and lightly sauteed to soften them up a bit. So while the weather is still warm and these squash are still in season, stock up and indulge in your Italian cravings, without all the bread bloat.

 

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Easy one pan pesto zoodles
Serves: 2     Prep time: 5 min       Cook time: 10-15 min
Ingredients
For the pesto:
2 c fresh basil, packed
2 cloves garlic
1/2 c olive oil, + more if needed
1/4 c walnuts
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
1/2 lemon, squeezed
salt & pepper, to taste

For the zoodles:
2 med-large zucchinis
1 tbsp olive oil

Optional protein:
1-2 chicken breasts, cut into strips or 1 lb shrimp, tails removed & deveined
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients for pesto in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. If the consistency is not as smooth as you would like it, you can add a bit more olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Spiralize zucchinis using the “thin” blade setting on your spiralizer. Set aside zoodles in a bowl lined with a clean, thin cloth or several paper towels (this is to absorb extra moisture so your final product is not too watery/runny). Tip: Before adding zoodles to pan you will want to squeeze the excess moisture out with the cloth/paper towels.

(If you are using protein…) Start by heating olive oil over medium heat in a large pan and add garlic. Once garlic is fragrant, add protein and cook fully. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Heat olive oil in a pan and add zoodles (or add zoodles in with cooked protein). Cook until zoodles are tender. Add pesto sauce and stir to combine. Serve immediately and garnish with fresh parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

 

Have you tried this recipe? What other creations have you come up with your spiralizer? Give this post a like and comment below, I would love to hear from you!

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