Zucchini “Pasta” with Pesto

Written by Karen on August 2nd, 2010

zuke noodles

I have fun with food.  Love bringing home fresh veggies from the farmers’ market and whipping up new dishes based on what’s in season.  I love gadgets, too – not the fancy ones, but those that make our lives easier in the kitchen.  Of course, there’s the food processor, and the blender, the Microplane, and the mandoline.  Now if you haven’t played with one yet…making noodles is a great way to start…

There are many different styles (and prices) for mandolines.  Mine is in the middle and works great.  The key is to buy one with a few attachments so you can slice food into different shapes. zuke grateAnd how fun is it to make your own ‘spaghetti’ using a vegetable?  F-U-N.

Zucchini is going gangbusters in gardens and farmers’ markets. It’s quite a versatile veggie that has many applications.  I’ve made everything from zucchini ‘carpaccio’ to zucchini bread these past few weeks.  But still my favorite standby for an easy, fresh dish is shredding zucchini in the form of noodles.

Zucchini “Pasta” with Pesto (one zucchini will yield about 2 servings)

Any type of sauce works here.  I have used a marinara with mushrooms, and lemon/olive oil with Sweet 100 tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.  The kids love it, too!

1-2 long summer squash, ends trimmed
One clove garlic, minced
1 TB olive oil
Your favorite pesto
2-4 oz. feta cheese

Using ‘toothy’ blade, grate squash lengthwise on mandoline to create spaghetti-type noodles.

zuke mandoIn wide skillet, saute garlic in olive oil for just a minute until fragrant.  Add ‘noodles’ and saute for about 5 minutes, until slightly soft.
Stir in pesto to taste.  Add feta and top with chopped nuts, if desire.  Serve immediately.

zuka pasta

This post is part of Pennywise Platter.

11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Aug

    I love this zucchini idea. And that photo is so charming with the plant in the background. Nice food styling! I don’t have a mandoline, but I do have the other goodies you mentioned. Better go out tomorrow and buy myself a mandoline! You’ve inspired me. =)
    .-= glutenfreeforgood´s last blog ..wild sockeye salmon =-.

  2. Aug

    Thanks, Melissa! It’s actually pretty funny that you complimented my photo – it is the core of my focus in Seattle! I am looking forward to hanging with you…

  3. Aug
    gfe--gluten free easily

    I love folks who have fun with their food! :-) Can you believe I don’t have a mandoline? We’ve made zucchini noodles at several of our meetings using one of our members’ hand-cranked veggie noodle makers (don’t remember the exact name of it, LOL). The noodles were great though. The kids present always love turning the crank. Sounds like a very lovely dish, Karen. Looking forward to seeing you at IFBC!

    .-= gfe–gluten free easily´s last blog ..Honey Love and More =-.

  4. Aug
    Kim - Cook It Allergy Free

    I LOVE zucchini noodles (and my mandoline since I cannot imagine making them any other way). This would go great with my dairy-free pistachio pesto sauce! Oh, and my mandoline is middle of the line one too and seems to work just as well as my neighbor’s fancy expensive one. ;0)
    .-= Kim – Cook It Allergy Free´s last blog ..Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies…A Gluten Free Blogger Adopted =-.

  5. Aug

    Kim – I am definitely trying your pistachio pesto sauce…sounds amazing. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Aug

    Shirley – Yep, there it was with V#!agra and the like:) The mandoline is a great tool to have for so many things. I shave fennel into salad, and use it for gratins, too. The spiral is one I need to look into. More fun with food!
    See you soon – can’t wait!

  7. Aug
    Harold Lee

    Hello Karen – nice meeting you today. Your website is absolutely phenomenal! I look forward to reading more in the future.


  8. Aug
    Michelle @ Find Your Balance

    Ah, I’ve never mastered my mandoline. For noodles like these I really want a spiralizer!!

  9. Aug
    Sally JPA

    I got a mandolin for my birthday in July but haven’t actually used it yet. This is definitely encouraging me to make some zucchini noodles after hitting the farmer’s market on Wednesday!

    .-= Sally JPA´s last blog ..Quick- Healthy- Easy- Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Gluten-Free- Soy-Free =-.

  10. Sep

    Hi Karen,
    I made this last night, and it was delicious!! And, not having any of those cool tools – yet, I just used my vegetable peeler, and it worked just fine – I’m sure it would have made prettier ‘noodles,’ but it totally worked! The other thing I loved about this was how quick it was to prepare.

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