Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

37 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 37

August 01, 2018
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By: Cooking Fun
I used Mediterranean seasoning with a little O Bay.
July 31, 2018
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By: carolyn
This was so good I received a lot of complaints. I will be making it again.
July 22, 2018
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By: Gloria
I made this recipe and it was great. I used the basil & zucchini from my garden. I added the garlic to the pesto by mistake. The pesto was outstanding. I spiralized 3 zucchini but should have done 4. I added bruschetta on the side. This is a must do recipe.
July 17, 2018
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By: Brandy Digel Gull
Made this for dinner and my family loved it! Definitely will make this again and again!
March 20, 2018
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By: naumom57
This is absolutely delicious. I used pine nuts instead of pistachios in the pesto.. Even better for luncth the next day.
February 24, 2018
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By: Rox
Wonderful! The second time I made this recipe, I prepared the “zoodles” 3 hours before cooking and left them in a large sieve over a bowl. They shed almost 2 cups of water and held together so well I could cook them 10 minutes without any breaking so the raw zuchinni taste was less pronounced. Also used a bit more garlic in the avocado pesto.
February 08, 2018
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By: Tina Fowler
Fantastic recipe! I will definitely make this one again.
February 07, 2018
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By: lfisher64
Flavorful and simply delicious! I have made this several times and it is a family favorite! I also add minced garlic to the avocado pesto! Highly recommend this recipe to anyone who is thinking about trying it! it's easy too!
February 01, 2018
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By: Del Buck
What an amazing dish! I would add a little heat next time I make this dish but it amazing
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