This No-Carb Zucchini Pesto “Pasta” is the Best of Summer

Look, it’s not that I’m anti-carb, but I’m always finding ways to make my pasta just a little bit lighter. And in the summer, when my garden’s overflowing, swapping the real noodles for veggies is a no-brainer. This recipe uses fresh, uncooked zucchini (yellow squash works just as well) to hold the delicious flavor of basil and garlic, and you seriously won’t even miss the carbs.

No-Carb Pasta with Pesto

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto & Parmesan

  • Serves 4
  • Prep time: 20 minutes


  • 3 medium-large zucchini, cut into noodles with a spiralizer, mandolin, or peeler
  • 4 c basil leaves
  • ⅓ c roasted almonds
  • ½ c grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper


  • Place the noodles in a colander and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon of salt. Toss, and set aside while you make the pesto, or at least 10 minutes.
  • Combine the pesto ingredients except for the olive oil in a food processor, and pulse just until chopped and combined. Pulse in the olive oil, and taste, adding salt and pepper if needed (this will depend on the saltiness of your parmesan.)
  • In a large serving bowl, toss the noodles (shake off excess water first) with the pesto until combined, and serve garnished with parmesan and black pepper.
Zucchini Noodles With Pesto

Mary would like to thank the lovely, generous people who gave me stuffed toys for her while I was on book tour. As you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed them last night when I returned home. Would you mind coming over this morning to clean up their guts, which have been strewn in every nook and cranny of our apartment. Thanks! 😘

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