walnut pesto zucchini noodles

Walnut Pesto Zucchini Noodles

This is a great no-cook delicious summer meal! I just got my first zucchinis from the garden which I turned into zucchini noodles which make the perfect gluten-free pasta. Did you know zucchini is actually a fruit? Zucchini noodles are a healthy alternative to pasta as they are very anti-inflammatory and a great source of vitamin C and potassium.

There are a few ways to make zucchini noodles. You can simply slice them very thin. A julienne peeler also works well. I use a spiralizer. I have a simple hand-held one, but you can get a fancier crank or electric one if you find yourself noodling veggies all of the time! Here are some links:


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Walnut Pesto Zucchini Noodles
Instructions
  1. Pulse the walnuts in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Put tomatoes, garlic, basil, and red pepper in food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the oil and nutritional yeast and pulse until just incorporated, 3-5 more. Transfer to the bowl with nuts and combine.
  3. Using a julienne peeler or spiralizer, spiralize your zucchini into noodles.
  4. Combine the noodles with the sauce and season to taste with salt and fresh black pepper. Serve with additional nutritional yeast if desired.
Recipe Notes

You can swap out the zoodles for gluten-free pasta.

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Erin Sands is a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert whose focus is on using food and nutrition to build health and reverse disease.

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