Pesto Pazta

Who says you can’t enjoy pesto without a big ol plate of pasta??  I know I didn’t think it was possible.  But last night I made homemade pesto in my vitamix and put it on thinly sliced noodle-like zucchini.  Check it out!

Pesto Pazta (get it?  with a Z for zucchini!)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 peeled medium garlic cloves
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 or 2 zucchinis julienned long ways to make noodle-like strips
  • shrimp or whatever kind of protein you like with your pesto pazta!
Directions (this is from my vitamix cookbook, if you don’t have a vitamix – get one!  I love ours!  But I think any kind of food processor would work as well):
  1. Place olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves, basil leaves and pine nuts in the vitamix – IN THAT ORDER.
  2. Secure lid and select variable 1, quickly increasing to variable 7 – in other words, mix it up real good.
  3. Blend for 1 minute using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.  And there’s your pesto.
  4. On to the pazta – I used olive oil cooking spray in a medium-sized pan on medium heat.  Cook up your zucchini until it’s a little translucent.  I found that 1 zucchini = approx 1 cup, which was 1 serving
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of pesto to the pan and mix it all up.
  6. Add your pre-cooked protein and season with salt & pepper, and sprinkle with pinenuts & parmesan as you see fit.
1 tablespoon of this pesto is 86 calories and was plenty for my plate.  If you are using regular pasta, this entire recipe yields enough sauce to coat 1 pound of pasta.  But if you don’t want to use the whole recipe, never fear – pesto freezes!  One of the best ideas I’ve seen for freezing it is to scoop it into an ice cube tray and you have ready-made servings of pesto!  Having only used 1 tablespoon so far, I have plenty of pesto for future recipes!  Yum!
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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Polly
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 12:06:40

    YUM!!!!!

    Reply

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