It's almost the end of zucchini season, and everyone needs to find a way to use their zucchini before the time of year is over! Creamy pesto zoodles without a spiralizer is a delicious food dish that is the easiest way to make your taste buds love these beautiful noodles. This is a healthier meal than regular pesto pasta since its made of mostly vegetables. This can be a healthy lunch or a healthy dinner. This creamy pesto zoodle recipe serves 2-3 people.
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- Zucchini - from our home garden! You can buy yours at a grocery store too
- Cream cheese - Philadelphia, I think this brand makes it more creamy
- Pesto sauce - I homemade pesto sauce using a little olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves, lemon juice, pine nuts, and fresh basil in a food processor. You can make your own pesto too or you can use any pesto you desire.
- Spinach - Organic Girl
How to make Pesto Zoodles:
- Shred zucchini-this is how your pesto zoodles form. I recommend shredding them fairly thin so that way they all cook evenly and more quickly
- Make sauce in zucchini pan, add in spinach over medium heat-this is a one pot meal so they can all cook together in the same pan.
Variations of pesto zoodles:
- Add more vegetables - artichokes and fresh tomatoes would pair well in this zucchini pasta
- Omit spinach - I added spinach because I had an excess amount in my fridge. You do not have to add that though if you do not wish to!
- Add meat - You can also add a protein like shrimp or chicken breasts if you want to make this more filling.
- Add marinara sauce - instead of pesto, you can use marinara sauce!
What to serve with zucchini noodles:
I recommend serving vegetable pasta with breadsticks! When eating a lot of vegetables, it can be hard to feel full afterwards, so eating a small carb is a great option.
How to store this low calorie meal:
- Fridge - store this zoodle pesto recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week
- Freezer - I would not recommend storing the pesto zucchini noodles in the freezer, but the zoodles themselves can be a freezer meal! Shred off the zucchini into strips and freeze until ready to make the rest of the zucchini recipe.
Zucchini in noodle form = zoodles!
I think the vegetable peeler I bought to make these zoodles was a great investment; I have made this healthy pasta recipe several times since buying the tool. It is just a basic vegetable shredder; it was not the zucchini spiral maker most people use for zoodles. It was kind of like a potato peeler, except it had little triangles to cut strips. You can use a spiralizer, mandolin, julienne, etc. if you would like to though. There are so many different ways to make the zoodles themselves.
Check out my other spinach recipes:
- spinach artichoke dip
- sausage and spinach pasta
- bacon wrapped stuffed chicken
- spinach artichoke lasagna
- spinach artichoke ravioli filling
Creamy Pesto Zoodles
- ½ a medium zucchini
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup pesto sauce
- 1 cup spinach optional
- Begin by shredding the zucchini into strips. Shredding it is kind of like peeling a potato. Do not shred the soft center part with the seeds though. Fry these strips in 2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.
- Once zucchini is starting to fry and begins to soften, add cream cheese and pesto. Cook until cream cheese is melted. Stir occasionally. If using spinach, add to skillet. Cook until spinach is dark green. Serve the creamy pesto zoodles when all flavors are blended together.
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