Zucchini Pasta with Almond Pesto

Love pasta but don’t want the carbs? Zucchini noodles (zoodles) are a great alternative, as they provide a light,...
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Love pasta but don’t want the carbs? Zucchini noodles (zoodles) are a great alternative, as they provide a light, flavorful low-carb option for pasta-lovers everywhere.
The Zucchini Pasta with Almond Pesto from Atkins is loaded with flavor and satisfaction and is perfect for anyone looking to watch their figure.

Ingredients

  • 2  Pounds  zucchini
  • 1  Tablespoon  Olive oil
  • 1/3  Cup  Whole roasted and unsalted almonds
  • Garlic clove
  • 1  Cup  Chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3  Cup  Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1  Teaspoon  Salt
  • 1/3  Cup  Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  Crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

1. In a food processor process the almonds until finely ground. Add the garlic, parsley and Parmesan; pulse 4-6 times. Add in the 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste) and pulse again a few times. Set aside.

2. Spiralize the zucchini or use a grater with the zucchini lengthwise to get longer strands. Preheat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook the zucchini for 4 minutes using tongs to stir and rotate until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

3. Toss the warm zucchini with the pesto, sprinkle with the crushed red chili pepper flakes (optional) and divide into pasta bowls. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

4. Note: to roast raw almonds, heat oven to 350°F, toss nuts on a sheet pan and roast for 10 minutes. Cool before using.

Zucchini Shopping Tip

Buy zucchini that is intact and has glossy skin. Avoid zucchini with brown or soft spots.

Zucchini Cooking Tip

Zucchini has a very high water content, lightly salt your zucchini prior to cooking so your dish does not become to watery.