Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

45 Reviews
From: EatingWell.com, January 2017

Cut some carbs and use spiralized zucchini in place of noodles in this zesty pesto pasta dish recipe. Top with Cajun-seasoned shrimp to complete this quick and easy dinner.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 5-6 medium zucchini (2¼-2½ pounds total), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup unsalted shelled pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound raw shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined, tails left on if desired
  • 1-2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning


  • Prep

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  1. Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds in the middle (seeds make the noodles fall apart). Place the zucchini "noodles" in a colander and toss with ½ teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water.
  2. Meanwhile, combine avocado, basil, pistachios, lemon juice, pepper and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add ¼ cup oil and process until smooth.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and sprinkle with Old Bay; cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is almost cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and gently toss until hot, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl, add the pesto and gently toss to combine.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¾ cups each
  • Per serving: 446 calories; 33 g fat(5 g sat); 7 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 112 mcg folate; 159 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,144 IU vitamin A; 55 mg vitamin C; 141 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 713 mg sodium; 1,271 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (92% daily value), Folate (28% dv), Vitamin A (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 6 fat, 3 lean protein, 1½ vegetable

Reviews 45

August 21, 2019
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By: Cynthia Zeglin
I have made several times. I do add garlic to Pesto and i use pine nuts instead of pistachios. Have done with the shrimp or served with grilled salmon on top with a bit of pesto on it. Family loves it.
August 11, 2019
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By: georgesfamilynova
I'll be honest, I was skeptical about avocado pesto, but this was absolutely delicious...I'm talking used my finger to eat every last morsel of the pesto delicious. Will definitely make again and again
August 01, 2019
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By: Julie L
I love this recipe! It was one of the first I had tried on EatingWell's website and we go back to it over and over again. I buy the already made zucchini noodles, but love this pesto recipe! A keeper!
July 17, 2019
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By: Becca Koch
I made my shrimp on the side with cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, lemon juice, Adobo seasoning, and garlic and then tossed it in with the noodles. I have made this recipe 2 times so far and has turned out really yummy. I definately plan on making this again, and the benefit is that it tastes good and it is healthy for you!!!!
June 19, 2019
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By: erb
I added garlic to the pesto, and it turned out AMAZING. I can't wait to make this again! It was a little time consuming to make, but I think the second time around will be much faster.
May 16, 2019
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By: Elisa
Was disappointed with the pesto- realized it needs garlic like traditional pesto.
April 02, 2019
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By: Samantha Hyde Barron
Hands down my favorite recipe in this plan. So rich, creamy, delicious!
March 31, 2019
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By: Susie Tudor Lea
Made this twice so far. Helps to use fresh zucchini spirals (frozen gets too mushy) and mind it so it doesn’t over cook. Sprinkled some red pepper flake on my dish because it needed a little something IMO. And a tiny shake of parm, too.
August 01, 2018
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By: Cooking Fun
I used Mediterranean seasoning with a little O Bay.
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