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Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto

zucchini noodles with pesto and tomatoes

You can enjoy pasta with pesto sauce and still keep your carbs, sodium and fat in check. A healthy substitute for traditional pasta, spiral zucchini noodles are available in the fresh vegetables section of your supermarket. You can also make your own.

Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 115
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 79mg
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 4g

Ingredients

Directions

  1. With a spiralizer, spiralize the zucchini and set aside on paper towels so that any excess water is soaked up. Alternatively, drain 6 cups of fresh zucchini noodles and set aside on paper towels to dry.
  2. In a food processor, combine the avocados, basil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice and salt and pulse until finely chopped. With the motor still running, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified and creamy.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the zucchini noodles and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until tender. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook another minute, or until just heated.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the avocado mixture with the zucchini noodles mixture. Sprinkle with the cheese and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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