(Raw) Angel-Hair Zucchini "pasta" With Fresh Pesto

"This is a raw recipe from Natural Health Magazine. It's an alternative to pasta and has been a hit with friends and family who aren't raw foodists or vegetarians."
 
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Ready In:
30mins
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • Using a vegetable peeler or a spiral vegetable slicer, slice the outer zucchini flesh into lenthwise strips, discaring any seeds.
  • Stack the strips and then slice them into thinner "noodles".
  • Place the zucchini noodles in a medium bowl and add chopped tomato, olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.
  • Place all pesto ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, with just a few nuts visible for texture.
  • Gently toss the zucchini and tomato mixture with just enough pesto to coat.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  • Garnish with pine nuts and basil leaves and serve.

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Reviews

  1. free-free
    FABULOUS...I added a touch of nutritional yeast to make it a little cheesy...also added some fresh lemon to the zucc. (I just like to do that with raw veggies some times) and threw in some sun-dried tomato and a little bit of red pepper flake ... FABULOUS!!!- a HUGE WINNER thanks so much!!
     
  2. flagsnowwolf
    It is GREAT!!!!! I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great raw recipe that even people who are not raw like. : )
     
  3. DianaEatingRichly
    Wonderful! Only big change would be to salt the zucchini "noodles" and let them drain while you prepare the pesto. Ours got a bit soggy. I also used red cherry tomatoes since that's what I had on hand.
     
  4. rsnelling42
    This was amazing! I'm a real pasta lover and thought this would be good, but never as good as pasta. I'll tell you, it was pretty darn close! I didn't miss the pasta at all, even as I watched my husband eating this same sauce over linguini instead of zucchini! Thank you so much for posting this recipe, it will become a standard staple in my recipe box.<br/><br/>Tip - I only used 2 zucchinis, as it was just me. I added the pesto 1 T at a time, mixing it in with my zucchini, until I had the amount I wanted. The rest of the pesto is holding in a jar in the fridge. I expect it to last about a week, and I know it also freezes well. *update - I made the pesto sauce again for a chicken topper - I added some Parmesan cheese to the pesto and it was even better!
     
  5. Theresa A.
    Super easy to make with premade pesto and zucchini noodles. I only wish I had made it first so the flavors could set longer.
     
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  1. rsnelling42
    This was amazing! I'm a real pasta lover and thought this would be good, but never as good as pasta. I'll tell you, it was pretty darn close! I didn't miss the pasta at all, even as I watched my husband eating this same sauce over linguini instead of zucchini! Thank you so much for posting this recipe, it will become a standard staple in my recipe box.<br/><br/>Tip - I only used 2 zucchinis, as it was just me. I added the pesto 1 T at a time, mixing it in with my zucchini, until I had the amount I wanted. The rest of the pesto is holding in a jar in the fridge. I expect it to last about a week, and I know it also freezes well. *update - I made the pesto sauce again for a chicken topper - I added some Parmesan cheese to the pesto and it was even better!
     

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