Keto Recipes

Keto Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Keto Pesto Zucchini Noodles are a delightful and vibrant dish that brings together the freshness of zucchini noodles with the bold flavors of homemade pesto sauce. This low-carb and keto-friendly recipe offers a perfect balance of healthy fats and nutrients, making it a satisfying choice for those following a ketogenic lifestyle. The combination of tender zucchini noodles and aromatic pesto creates a dish that’s not only delicious but also nourishing. Let’s dive into the recipe!

Recipe: Keto Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients: For the Pesto:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Zucchini Noodles:
  • 3 medium zucchinis, spiralized into noodles
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: For the Pesto:

  1. In a food processor, combine the fresh basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, pine nuts or walnuts, and minced garlic.
  2. Pulse the ingredients until they are coarsely chopped and blended.
  3. With the food processor running, gradually drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Season the pesto with salt and pepper, and blend briefly to incorporate.
For the Zucchini Noodles:
  1. Using a spiralizer, create zucchini noodles from the medium zucchinis.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the zucchini noodles to the skillet and sauté for about 2-3 minutes, or until they are just tender. Be careful not to overcook, as zucchini noodles can become mushy quickly.
  4. Season the zucchini noodles with salt and pepper to taste.
To Serve:
  1. Toss the sautéed zucchini noodles with the desired amount of pesto sauce. You can start with a small amount and add more as needed.
  2. Serve the Keto Pesto Zucchini Noodles warm as a flavorful and satisfying side dish or even as a light main course.
Nutrition Facts:

(assuming 1/4 of the recipe):

  • Calories: 307
  • Total Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Sodium: 229mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 7g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Total Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 6g
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