Meatless Monday Recipe – Almond Pesto Pasta with Zuccini

18 Aug

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that my mouth began to water when I saw this recipe!!  I may even try it sans linguini and use only the zucchini and maybe even try squash for the pasta!!  Talk about some healthy pesto pasta!!!!  I first need to make a trip to Williams Sonoma to purchase a spiralizer.  Does anyone know where else I can get one?  In the meantime, enjoy this creative summer pasta recipe brought to you by www.meatlessmonday.com.

Ingredients:

For the Almond Pesto:

  • 1 1/2 packed cups basil, washed
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    or
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, gratedAlmond Pesto Pasta
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the Pasta:

  • 4 ounces linguine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 large carrot

Instructions:

To make the almond pesto:

Place the basil, nutritional yeast or cheese, almonds and garlic together in a food processor. Run the food processor until the basil almond mixture is very finely chopped, stopping the food processor and scraping down the sides with a spatula when necessary.

While the food processor runs, slowly pour the canola oil in through the top window. Process until you have a smooth sauce. Taste and season with the salt and pepper, adjusting amounts if desired.

To complete the Almond Pesto Pasta with Zucchini:

Place a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat. When the water boils, cook the pasta according to package directions, or until the linguine is al dente. Drain and transfer back to the pot.

Using a spiralizer or vegetable peeler, make the zucchini and carrots into thin strips to match the linguine.

Place the pesto in a frying pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the garlic and almonds become fragrant.

Add the al dente pasta, zucchini strips and carrot strips to the pan. Toss to ensure the pesto sauce is evenly distributed on the pasta and veggie “noodles”. Divide into 4 portions and enjoy!

Take pictures of your recipes and post them here!!  I would love to see your versions of this amazing recipe!!

Until next time,

Have a fit and fabulous day!

Lisa Pisano
Lifestyle Coach

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