zucchini pasta with pesto | designlovefest

who’s ready for a healthy recipe? (i know i am. i’ve been in carb heaven lately!) today we have zucchini pasta with homemade pesto. a delicious spring meal that will keep you feeling light on your toes. and it’s also quite beautiful!

zucchini pasta with pesto | designlovefest

• 4 small zucchinis
•  2 cups packed basil leaves
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
• 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
• 1 tablespoon pine-nuts

zucchini pasta with pesto | designlovefest
zucchini pasta with pesto | designlovefest

Zucchini pasta with homemade pesto: Cut ends of zucchini and slice with a julienne or a potato peeler into long thin pieces  (the noodles). Set aside. Combine 2 cups basil and 2 cloves of garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

zucchini pasta with pesto | designlovefest
zucchini pasta with pesto | designlovefest
zucchini pasta with pesto | designlovefest

• Combine the zucchini noodles with the pesto with 1/4 cups sun-dried tomatoes, 1 tablespoon pine-nuts. Garnish with wide pieces of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

zucchini pasta with pesto | designlovefest

photos and styling by: Ivan Solis 

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    Angelika says:

    I would love to eat them! Actually, today I was wondering about preparing a pesto for dinner, huh <3 You know what I need 🙂


    Mia says:

    I love zucchini, I could eat it all the time 🙂

    Sam says:

    This looks YUM!!
    How many does it feed?

    i cannot get enough zoodles! haven’t tried them with pesto yet though.

    Jasiminne says:

    GORGEOUS PHOTOS! I’ve been seeing a lot about zucchini noodles and haven’t yet been tempted to jump on the bandwagon, but now I’m seriously thinking of giving it a try as I’m trying to go vegetarian AND low-carb. Saving this recipe for when I’m reading to take the plunge! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    I know I could use a healthy meal! This looks so delicious, my mouth is practically watering. P.S. You are so creative in substituting regular pasta with zucchini pasta. Who would have known it could look so tasty?

    Jamie says:

    Looks delicious. Are the noodles supposed to be heated or is this a cold dish?

    This looks too pretty to eat…styling is impeccable…


    I love zucchini pasta! This has been a part of our weekly meals as of late. So easy and healthy! I have been making a broccoli pesto sauce to go with mine, yum! x A

    Mary says:

    Ivan, your recipe posts are really killing it- so happy that you’ve joined the DLF team! Can’t wait to try a version of this out!

    Mostly Salty Blog

    Shauna says:

    I am so curious about this dish. It looks delicious and healthy at the same time.

    Always Me says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Amber says:

    Hi Bri! Popping by & drooling over this on recommendation from one of my blog readers! Ashlea at Glamour Coastal Living. Yum.

    Amber. XO

    Amber Melody says:

    Hi Bri!

    Popping by & drooling over this on recommendation from one of my blog readers! Ashlea at Glamour Coastal Living. Yum 🙂

    Amber. XO

    Anne says:

    looks so good! A must try

    Sabrina says:

    I did Zucchini Pasta myself a few times before. I really like it. And it’s such a cool and healthy alternative to other stuff. 🙂

    Gina says:

    This looks amazing – all these flavors are my absolute favorite! I can’t wait to try this out one day 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Lea says:

    <3 so perfect! I love your photos

    I love zoodles and this looks so dainty and fabulous!

    Kari says:

    This looks so healthy and delicious. I love new ways to spice of veggies!

    pat. says:

    Good enough to try making myself1

    Sam says:

    I made this over the weekend and it was a HUGE hit! Delicious! thank you for sharing xx

    rachel says:

    Great post. I love zucchini.

    iela Snow says:

    yummmm….I will be recommending this to my blog readers!

    Eloise says:

    This looks amazing. Is the zucchini pasta cooked at all?

    taylor says:

    I have a thing for pesto – obsessed with it, would eat it every single day! i need to try zucchini as an alternative!

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