Smashed Zucchini with Pesto & Burrata


Tender zucchini rounds get topped with creamy burrata and tangy, bright pesto for an easy side dish that's sure to impress. Crushed red pepper adds a light kick of spice to round out the flavors.

Smashed Zucchini with Pesto & Burrata
Photo: Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Ali Ramee, Prop Stylist: Josh Hoggle
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 3 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch rounds

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (4 ounce) ball burrata

  • 3 tablespoons pesto

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  1. Position 1 rack in lower third of oven and 1 rack 3 inches from broiler; preheat to 425°F.

  2. Toss zucchini, oil, crushed red pepper and salt in a large bowl until evenly coated. Arrange the zucchini in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast on the lower rack until tender-crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven; increase oven temperature to broil. Return the zucchini to the top rack; broil until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Lightly smash each zucchini round with the bottom of a small bowl.

  3. Arrange the zucchini on a platter. Tear burrata ball in half and place in the middle of the zucchini. Whisk pesto and lemon juice in a small bowl, adding water by the teaspoonful until a drizzling consistency is reached. Drizzle the pesto mixture over the zucchini. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
16g Fat
9g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Vitamin A 987IU 20%
Vitamin C 47mg 52%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 63mcg 16%
Vitamin K 33mcg 28%
Sodium 365mg 16%
Calcium 211mg 16%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 50mg 12%
Potassium 668mg 14%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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