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Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

Turn abundant zucchini into noodles for a fun summer meal. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto is a simple and healthy dish that the entire family will love! 

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I have another zucchini recipe for you today! I hope you are applauding with excitement and not rolling your eyes. I know I have been on a zucchini kick lately, Grilled Zucchini Nachos and Zucchini Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies, but tis the season for zucchini!

I think you will love this zucchini recipe, Zucchini Noodles with Pesto. It only takes 15 minutes to make and there is no cooking involved!

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto on Love these healthy noodles! Fun to make and eat!

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Last Friday my friend, Kelley, came over and we were going to make a bunch of recipes for our blogs, but instead we got to talking and decided to take a little break and just enjoy catching up. Sometimes food bloggers need a break from the kitchen:) We did get hungry so I threw together Zucchini Noodles with Pesto for us to eat for lunch.

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Zucchini noodles aren’t hard to make. All you need is zucchini, which shouldn’t be a problem this time of year, and a mandoline or julienne peeler. Slice the zucchini into noodles so it looks like pasta. That is it! Easy as pie…actually easier because pie really isn’t easy to make. I don’t know who came up with that saying.

I tossed the zucchini with some fresh basil pesto that I made the day before. I added a few cherry tomatoes from our garden and we had a fresh, healthy, and beautiful lunch…without breaking a sweat.

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto Recipe on You only need 15 minutes to make this dish!

We enjoyed the Zucchini Noodles with Pesto raw, but if you want to cook them, you can. Just add the zucchini pesto noodles to a skillet and sauté them up over medium heat. It only takes a few minutes. These Zucchini Noodles with Pesto are good cold or hot!

I wasn’t going to take any pictures since we were taking a break from our work, but I snapped a few quick photos because I knew you would all want this simple recipe. You are welcome:)

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If you are looking for an easy recipe to use up your summer zucchini, look no further. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto is your answer. 15 minutes is all you need to enjoy this tasty dish! And this recipe is also good with our Spinach Basil Pesto! And if you are in a pinch you can use store bought pesto, I love DeLallo’s Simply Pesto! Enjoy!

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Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Turn your zucchini into noodles and toss with fresh basil pesto. A fresh and healthy meal in minutes!


4 small zucchini, ends trimmed
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cherry or grape tomatoes, optional


1. Use a julienne peeler or mandoline to slice the zucchini into noodles. Set aside.

2. Combine the basil and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the 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 lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Combine the zucchini noodles and pesto. Toss until zucchini noodles are well coated. Top with tomatoes, if using. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Note-if you want to cook the zucchini noodles, you can. Just add the zucchini pesto noodles to a skillet and sauté them up over medium heat. It only takes a few minutes.

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125 Responses to “Zucchini Noodles with Pesto”

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 21, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    I love zuke noodles! They’re my favorite! I make peanut sauce with them and take them in that direction, or with red sauce, and I love your pesto. Mmm, so good!

  2. All that Glisters is not Gold — August 21, 2013 @ 4:58 am

    This is great! I’ve been having a real garden glut of zucchinis (or courgettes as I call them here in England), with the weather we’ve been getting they’re turning into marrows!
    from Em x

  3. All that Glisters is not Gold — August 21, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    This looks great, and so healthy! I’ve been having a real garden glut of zucchinis (or courgettes as I call them here in England) They’re all turning into marrows with the hot and wet weather we’ve been having!!
    from Em x

  4. Kiran @ — August 21, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    So yummy and fresh! Glad you took the time to snap a few photos for the blog 😉

  5. Emily @ Life on Food — August 21, 2013 @ 6:32 am

    What a fun way to eat zucchini. I think I will surprise my husband with this recipe for dinner.

  6. I love zucchini noodles, it’s so light and healthy! What a wonderful refreshing recipe!!

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 21, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    I definitely need to try this! It’s so colourful!

  8. Katherine — August 21, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Looks so good!! I think I would try cooking them a little like you wrote. I wish you could come cook healthy food for me every day!!

  9. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — August 21, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Love that this requires no cooking! :)

  10. Kasha @ The FarmGirl Cooks — August 21, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    I love the idea of zucchini noodles but I’m doubtful my 9 year old dining companion would tolerate them, especially when coated with pesto.

    I will definitely share this recipe with my farm CSA members though! Thanks so much…

  11. Tieghan — August 21, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Oh my gosh, this is so pretty!! I love pesto and zucchini noodles so this is just perfect! YUM!

  12. Jamie @lifelovelemons — August 21, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    Oh how yummy!! Love that it’s healthy!

  13. Julie @ Table for Two — August 21, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    I’m getting so hungry just looking at this! I love the colors!

  14. Monica M — August 21, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    I love the zucchini noodle idea with the pesto. I just made a lot of basil pesto yesterday, because I had so much basil in my garden and didn’t know what to do with it. I am going to make the noodles tonight, add some shrimp and that will be dinner. Yumm!

  15. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — August 21, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Oh my goodness! We really ARE culinary cousins or sisters or something? This is too funny :) Loving your take on cucumber noodles. Great minds think alike :)

  16. marla — August 21, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    Love this alternative to pasta!

  17. HeatherChristo — August 21, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I am totally making these today Maria! beautiful!

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  19. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 21, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    This is not only a great and healthy recipe, but it’s so beautiful too!

  20. Cookin Canuck — August 21, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    This is the perfect way to use up all of that zucchini. And pesto is one of my family’s favorites. It’s a win-win.

  21. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 21, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    I’m loving all of your zucchini recipes. I don’t get tired of zucchini. I’m trying this one today.

  22. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 21, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    This will be coming out of kitchen soon!!

  23. Vicki Bensinger — August 21, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    I love making zucchini pasta. I love using a spiralizer to make mine and then it really comes out looking like pasta plus it’s easy and fun! I don’t typically link to things I blog about, but if you want to see how it’s done here’s a video I created using my spiralizer, and making a similar recipe.

  24. Mamma — August 21, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Loving your recipes for back to school! I tried the zucchini coconut choc chip cookies and the No Bake Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Choc Chip granola bars and my kids loved them! Thank you! Today’s recipe looks great, too! I love knowing that my kids are eating more natural foods for healthier bodies.

    Please visit my website www. if you are interested in more natural skin care products and beautiful market baskets handmade in Morocco!

    I look forward to trying more of your recipes!

    Here’s to a healthier, more beautiful life!

  25. This is summer perfection! Gorgeous, Maria!

  26. Cookbook Queen — August 21, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Maria, I love how bright and green this is!! Definitely NOT rolling my eyes. Love it!!

  27. Maria Tadic — August 21, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    I’ve made these before, and you’re right, super easy! I frequently do half zucchini/squash noodles and half pasta to cut down on calories! super tasty!

  28. Andria S — August 21, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    This looks delish!!! I will be making it soon :)

    I usually don’t leave comments but I had to because coincidentally I know where the term “easy as pie” comes from. It comes from back in the day where all food was cooked over an open fire, no ovens. Cake was very difficult to bake this way, but pie was much more manageable. That being said, I have no idea where the term “piece of cake” comes from lol.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Two Peas replied: — August 21st, 2013 @ 4:37 pm


  29. Christy@SweetandSavoring — August 21, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    I would love to get a julienne peeler for veggies! And if you took these photos super quick and on the fly, I’m impressed, because they’re just as gorgeous as your photos usually are :)

  30. Gaby — August 21, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    zucchini noodles are the BEST!

  31. Ash-foodfashionparty — August 21, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    Love how beautiful these noodles look. Perfectly light and healthy.

  32. Since I’m trying to go low-carb, I’ve got to hop on this terrific looking trend! Your zucchini noodles look scrumptious, Maria!

  33. Des — August 21, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

    This is gorgeous! I just love the color. Summer in a bowl!

  34. Kristen Duke — August 21, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    This recipe looks fabulous in pictures and sounds delicious! Definitely need to make this soon :)

  35. Zucchini noodles?!! I love this so much!

  36. vanillasugarblog — August 22, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    clearly I don’t do enough with pesto.
    this is very creative Maria!

  37. How fun is this?! What a great way to use up both zucchini and fresh pesto this time of year!

  38. sheila — August 22, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    This looks amazing…now if I only had some zucchini that everyone is talking about!!! Glad you and Kelley took a break…I agree sometimes it becomes a chore. I honestly don’t blog even 1/2 of the recipes I make.

  39. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 22, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Yum! So fresh and delicious. Just a perfect summer lunch!

  40. Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — August 22, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    I am really loving seeing all these uses for zucchini, this recipe looks so yummy and healthy, can’t wait to pick up some zuch at my next farmers market now 😉

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