Zucchini ‘Pasta’ with Basil & Cashew Pesto

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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ZUCCHINI ‘PASTA’ WITH BASIL & CASHEW PESTO

Trust me, you’re going to feel supremely virtuous when you sit down to this Zucchini ‘Pasta’ with Basil & Cashew Pesto. Made very simply out of fresh zucchini (courgette), basil, raw cashew nuts and natural flavourings like lemon and garlic, it’s truly nutritious.

You’ll need a spiralizer for this recipe. Don’t worry if you don’t have one of the fancy varieties – mine is a very simple, cheap version which looks rather like a pencil sharpener. If you’re not convinced about buying one though, you can always grate the zucchini, or peel it with a vegetable peeler (discarding the seed interior) and then slice into thin strips.

Just so you know, you don’t really need to follow the ingredient amounts precisely. I just throw in a dash of this and a dash of that and check the consistency and taste at the end. I suggest you do the same, as each of the ingredients pack quite a punch in terms of flavour and your taste preferences may very well be different to mine. For instance, I love lots of basil and cashews and not so much lemon juice, preferring a less tangy, more mild flavour.

You can also add other things to your ‘pasta’, like sliced olives, cherry tomatoes, chicken, or whatever. I added flaked cooked salmon to mine the other day, which was divine. Oh, and by the way, you can replace the basil in the pesto if you like – coriander (cilantro) or baby spinach would be great alternatives. Enjoy!

ZUCCHINI ‘PASTA’ WITH BASIL & CASHEW PESTO

ZUCCHINI ‘PASTA’ WITH BASIL & CASHEW PESTO

This light and refreshing dish is the perfect way to get your veggies in with a delicious twist! Fresh zucchini "noodles" and a vibrant basil cashew pesto combine for a satisfying meal that's both healthy and flavorful.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 145 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil
  • 1/3-1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast savoury yeast – adds a ‘cheesy’ flavour
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or to taste
  • 1/4 cup quality olive oil plus extra as needed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 large unpeeled zucchinis courgettes

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, add all the ingredients (except the zucchini) and process until smooth and well combined. The pesto should be like a moist paste (i.e. not runny, and not too thick). Adjust as needed – if the mixture is too thick, add more olive oil;  if it’s too runny, add extra cashews or basil. Check for seasoning and adjust if needed. Set aside.
  • Cut off the ends of the zucchini and, using a spiralizer process into ‘noodles’. Alternatively, you can grate the zucchini, or peel the sides of the zucchini all the way around, going down to the seedy interior (which you discard), then slice each peel thinly into strips.
  • Put the ‘noodles’ into a large bowl. Add as much of the pesto to the ‘noodles’ to coat (if you have left-over pesto, store it in the fridge covered and enjoy the next day on crackers) and toss with two forks to combine. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 323mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1266IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Basil Cashew Pesto Zucchini Pasta, Pesto, Zucchini Pasta
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Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.

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