Delight in a light and tasty summer side dish with Gluten Free Zucchini Noodles With Pesto! This easy-to-make recipe is packed with veggies, full of flavor and can be made to serve one or a crowd. Zoodles offer a delicious and guilt-free alternative to traditional pasta.
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⭐ Why you'll love this recipe
Are you looking for a delicious and fun way to eat gluten-free? Zucchini noodles, also known as "zoodles", are the perfect option!
If you're looking for a healthier alternative to your favorite pasta dishes, look no further than zoodles. These spiralized zucchini noodles are not only delicious, but they're also a great way to get more vegetables into your diet.
This recipe is gluten free, vegan, whole30 and paleo compliant but nobody will notice!
📖 Ingredient notes
- Zucchini. You will need fresh and firm zucchini to make this recipe. Also make sure to use a small or medium size zucchini. If you have a giant zucchini from your garden, I recommend using it for another recipe.
- Cherry tomatoes. They will add flavor and color to your zucchini noodles with pesto.
- Pesto. You can either use my almond parsley pesto or my Basil pesto without pine nuts.
- Optional (only if you are not paleo nor vegan and if you can tolerate it): a few cubes of goat cheese for an extra flavor boost.
Get creative with the ingredients!
For the quantities and complete list of ingredients for these zucchini noodles with pesto, please see the recipe card below.
Zucchini noodles (also called zoodles) are easy to make. Although you will need a spiralizer to make them.
To get the most out of your zoodle-making experience, choosing the right spiralizer is crucial. There are several types of spiralizers available in the market, from handheld to countertop models.
When selecting a spiralizer, consider its features, such as blade types (straight or julienne), adjustable thickness settings, and ease of cleaning. Some spiralizers come with multiple blades to create various types of noodles.
Investing in a high-quality spiralizer can make all the difference in your zoodle experience, ensuring that your zoodles turn out perfectly spiralized every time. If you choose a countertop spiralizer, make sure it has suction feet to prevent slipping during use.
My personal favorite spiralizer is a countertop model. I'm totally in love with this tool! So much that I bought one for my mother as a surprise gift so she could use up some of the zucchini from the garden.
🥗 How to make zoodles
Begin by washing your zucchini and trimming its ends.
Place the zucchini on the spiralizer. If the zucchini is too large, consider cutting it in half. And turn the crank handle while applying slight pressure.
If you want to find out more ways to make zoodles you can check this video.
Don't throw away the unspiralized center of the zucchini: chop it up and add it to your recipe and store it in the fridge for later use.
♨️ How to cook zoodles
First of all, you can totally eat them raw! But if you want to cook them, here is how to do it.
Heat a wok or large frying pan on high heat (no need to add any oil). Once it is hot, place the zucchini noodles there and add pesto to the zucchini.
Cook for 2 minutes while tossing.
Don't let them cook more than 2 minutes or they will start loosing their water, get all mushy and loose their noodle aspect.
Transfer your zucchini noodles to a plate and top with cherry tomatoes and optional goat cheese. And voilà! Serve immediately.
Yes, zucchini is a gluten-free vegetable, meaning it will not cause adverse reactions in those with gluten-intolerance. Zucchini is an excellent choice for anyone following a gluten-free diet – it can be enjoyed in a variety of meals and snacks. This versatile vegetable is packed with essential nutrients and can be a great addition to any gluten-free diet.
Yes, zucchini noodles, also known as "zoodles", are gluten free! Although they look like noodles, they aren't – they are thin strips of zucchini, a naturally gluten-free vegetable! Though you need to make sure that the sauce you put on your zoodles is also gluten-free.
Zucchini noodles are zucchini that are cut into a spiral shape. Considering that zucchini can totally be eaten raw, so can zucchini noodles!
🍲 Other zucchini recipes you might like
As my parents often have an abundance of zucchini in their garden, I have created quite a few zucchini recipes. If you're looking to get creative with zucchini, try out some of my other zucchini recipes from savory dishes to desserts and drinks!
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📋 Recipe / Recette
Zucchini Noodles With Pesto (Gluten Free, Vegan)
Optional (only if you are not dairy free, paleo, whole 30 nor vegan)
- ¼ cup goat cheese cut into cubes
- Begin by washing your zucchini and trimming its ends.
- Place the zucchini on the spiralizer. If the zucchini is too large, consider cutting it in half. And turn the crank handle while applying slight pressure.
- Heat a wok or large frying pan on high heat (no need to add any oil), once it is hot, place the zucchini noodles there and add pesto to the zucchini. Cook for 2 minutes while tossing.
- Toss until zucchini noodles are well coated and warmed up. Don't let them cook more than 2 minutes or they will start loosing their water, get all mushy and loose their noodle aspect.
- Transfer your zucchini noodles to a plate and top with cherry tomatoes and optional goat cheese. And voilà! Serve immediately.Bon appétit !