Zucchini Noodles with Homemade Pesto Sauce: A Healthy and Delicious Low-Carb Recipe

Get creative in the kitchen with this gluten-free and vegetarian recipe for spiralized zucchini noodles with pesto sauce. Perfect for a light and flavorful meal.

Zucchini noodles, also known as “zoodles,” are a popular and healthy alternative to traditional pasta. They are low in calories, carbohydrates, and gluten, making them a great option for those following a low-carb or gluten-free diet. Pesto sauce, made with fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil, adds a delicious and flavorful twist to this dish. This recipe for zucchini noodles with pesto sauce is not only delicious, but it’s also easy to make and can be served as a main dish or a side dish.


  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Begin by spiralizing the zucchinis using a spiralizer or a julienne peeler to make the noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can also use a vegetable peeler to make long, thin strips.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine the basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and garlic. Pulse until well combined.
  3. Slowly pour in the olive oil while the food processor is running until the sauce is smooth and emulsified.
  4. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, toss the zucchini noodles with the pesto sauce until well coated.
  6. Serve the zucchini noodles in bowls or plates and garnish with additional grated Parmesan cheese and pine nuts.

Variations and Pairings:

  • For a protein boost, add grilled chicken or shrimp to the dish.
  • For a vegetarian option, add cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado, or sautéed mushrooms.
  • For a vegan option, substitute the Parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast or a vegan Parmesan alternative.
  • Pair the zucchini noodles with pesto sauce with a crisp white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
  • Serve as a side dish with grilled meats or fish.

Conclusion: This recipe for zucchini noodles with pesto sauce is a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional pasta dishes. The spiralized zucchinis provide a low-carb and gluten-free option, while the homemade pesto sauce adds a burst of flavor to the dish. The recipe is also versatile, with options for adding protein, vegetables, and different seasonings. Whether you’re looking for a main dish or a side dish, this recipe is sure to please. For more recipe ideas and inspiration, check out our website for more delicious and healthy recipe options.


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