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

Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

This photo was taken the day my mom brought me back to the US from Panama, where I was born. She had jet-black hair and a tan, whereas I was basically translucent, with white hair and big blue eyes. Security guards stopped her in the airport because they thought she was smuggling someone else’s baby out of the country. So, I guess it’s time for everyone to come clean. I was indeed stolen. I am actually a Norwegian prince. Where’s my 👑, Terri?!?! Where. Is. My. #%^*ing. 👑?!? 🤪 Happy Mother’s Day!!! I love you. Sorry I’m so weird. ❤️

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