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.

Breana Killeen
Source:, January 2017


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Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess water.

  • Meanwhile, combine avocado, basil, pistachios, lemon juice, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add 1/4 cup oil and process until smooth.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

446 calories; protein 25.9g; carbohydrates 15.8g; dietary fiber 6.6g; sugars 6.6g; fat 33.2g; saturated fat 4.7g; cholesterol 158.8mg; vitamin a iu 1143.9IU; vitamin c 54.7mg; folate 112.3mcg; calcium 140.8mg; iron 2.4mg; magnesium 109.6mg; potassium 1271.2mg; sodium 712.9mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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57 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
Soooo good!!! It can be vegan if you leave out the shrimp and it still tastes amazing!!!???? Read More
Rating: 2 stars
I added very no salt and it was great! My only question is how can a meal that has 713mg of sodium per serving be healthy? A healthy diet has only 1200 mg of sodium per day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The avocado pesto is super flavorful. Love that zucchini serves as the "pasta". Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Yummy! Great alternative to pasta Read More
Rating: 4 stars
It was something new for my family and we enjoyed it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome recipe. Wouldn't change a thing except maybe a dash of chipolte powder for heat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious. I took a shortcut and used 4 oz of prepackaged pesto. Followed the recipes otherwise. Only took minutes to throw together....awesome! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was so good I received a lot of complaints. I will be making it again. Read More