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Zucchini Pasta with Vegan Pesto

Zucchini Pasta with Vegan Pesto

This lighter version of pasta is surprisingly easy to make, versatile enough to pair with any pasta sauce, and even travels well for a good work lunch. Paired with this flavorful vegan pesto, you won’t miss restaurant Italian food at all. Add your favorite vegetables to round out this easy vegan dish.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 372 kcal


  • Stand mixer with spiralizer attachment or handheld julienne peeler
  • Large pot
  • Strainer
  • Food processor
  • Rubber spatula
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons


For the zucchini noodles:

  • 4 ea medium zucchini
  • 1 tbsp salt

For the pesto:

  • 2 cups basil leaves, packed
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 ea cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbps lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbps olive oil extra virgin
  • 3-6 tbps water


For the zucchini noodles:

  • Wash and gently scrub zucchini. If using a stand mixer with a spiralizer attachment, chop off the ends of the zucchini and spiralize each. If using a handheld julienne peeler, hold zucchini in one handover a bowl and peel the flesh of each side, rotating the zucchini once the seeds are visible in the center. Seeds will become mushy if cooked, so discard the centers and try not to include any seeds in your noodles.
  • Fill a large pot ¾ full with water, add the tablespoon salt, and bring to a boil
  • Add the zucchini noodles to the boiling water and allow to cook until the color of the noodles deepens, about 3 minutes.
  • Drain the noodles in the strainer and set aside.

For the pesto:

  • Add basil, pine nuts, garlic cloves, lemon juice, and salt to the food processor and mix on high, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  • Once a paste is formed, alternate adding olive oil and water one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.


Toss the zucchini noodles in the pesto and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 372, Fat: 33g, Carbs: 16g, Protein: 9g
Keyword Lazy Vegan Recipes, Vegan recipes