I recently visited Latah Bistro and they served Zucchini & Yellow Squash Zoodles with Pesto from their menu. Wow! This zoodling thing is really catching on, especially the fact that a fine dining bistro would have it on their main menu. I was thrilled to say the least! I mentioned to my husband that recreating this dish was my next kitchen adventure; actually, it is one of my favorite things to do. I love trying to pick out the ingredients with every flavorful bite. One recipe I did that with is one of my all-time fav’s: Thai Coconut Curry Soup.

Zucchini & Yellow Squash Zoodles with Pesto
Zucchini & Yellow Squash Zoodles with Pesto

Making the perfect Pesto Zoodle Pasta

Well this zoodle thing has me in an experimenting mode. In fact during the month of July I will be presenting a zoodle cooking class called ‘Get Inspiralized!’ at our local Ampersand Oil & Vinegar Tap House. If you are interested in signing up for a class, they fill up within 2 to 3 days, so sign up early!

I mentioned it in my last post but I will say it again, one of the great things about zoodling or veggie spiraling is creating a low carb ‘pasta’ that doesn’t leave you with a heavy full carb pasta feel.

Eating Zoodle Pasta
Twisting your zoodles on a spoon makes it easier to eat!

Comparing Zoodles to Pasta

If you are still not convinced that you would want to try this fantastic way of making ‘pasta’ you may want to consider this:

Calorie Counts for Pasta vs Zoodles (1 cup)

  • Quinoa Pasta- 205 calories, 46 g carbs
  • Corn Pasta- 176 calories, 22.3 g carbs
  • Brown Rice Pasta- 105 calories, 21.5 g carbs
  • Zoodle (zucchini) pasta- 20 calories, 4.5 g carbs

Yep, you read that right! Only 4.5 grams of carbs and only 20 calories. Now that’s worth $30 to me!

Resting in a Zoodle Bowl
Pesto Zoodle Pasta is delicious in every bite.

┬áMy Rendition of Latah Bistro’s Zucchini & Yellow Squash Zoodles with Pesto:

Zucchini & Yellow Squash Zoodles with Pesto

Serves 3-4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten-free
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
At only 20 calories per cup making 'pasta' out of vegetables is a perfect substitute. Zucchini & yellow squash zoodles with pesto will make you realize you don't miss the pasta.

Ingredients

Zoodle

  • 3 Medium zucchini (spiraled)
  • 2 Medium yellow squash (spiraled)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 4oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken Stock (organic)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter (unsalted)

pesto

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup almond, walnut or pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves (about 3 bunches)

Directions

pesto
Step 1
Combine all pesto ingredients together in a food processor and process for 1 minute or until all ingredients are pulverized.
Zoodle
Step 2
Using a vegetable spiraler, spiral the zucchini and yellow squash.
Step 3
Blot spiraled noodles with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Step 4
In a large skillet combine chicken broth, white wine, butter, 1/3 cup pesto, and sliced tomatoes over medium heat.
Step 5
When broth has come to a boil, add spiraled noodles and cook for about 1 minute. Do not over cook or noodles will become mushy.
Step 6
Place "noodles" in a low, flat bowl with a small amount of broth. Serve with a few slices of fresh mozzarella and salt & pepper to taste.

Check out the other blogs I shared this recipe on: VegetarianMamma

 

 

2 comments on “Zucchini & Yellow Squash Zoodles with Pesto”

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