Recipe Box, Zucchini Noodles with Pesto, Pistachio and Pine Nuts

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables

zucchini pasta with pesto

and this just might be my favorite way to prepare it


A spiral vegetable slicer makes quick work of making “zoodles,” you know zucchini noodles


You might want to cut some of the long ones 🙂

zucchini noodles

Put them on a cooking oil sprayed, foil lined baking sheet

zoodles with pesto

Halve some cherry tomatoes and toss everything with a little pesto

zucchini pasta with pesto

Use your fingers to distribute the pesto ✋

roasted zucchini noodles

Roast at 400-425 degrees  for 15- 20 minutes until zucchini is soft and tomatoes have burst

zucchini with pine nuts

Add nuts and Parmesan and return to oven just to melt cheese, 2 minutes

zucchini noodles with pesto and pine nuts

Get ready to enjoy!

zucchini pesto with roasted tomatoes and pine nuts

Look at all the flavors in one little bite

zucchini pesto with roasted tomatoes and pine nuts

You will never miss the pasta!

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto, Pistachio and Pine Nuts

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian


  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1/4-1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4-1/2 cup roasted and salted shelled pistachio nuts
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 oz shaved Parmesan
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Cut zucchini into ribbons with a spiralizer*
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking oil spray.
  • Put noodles on foil and add tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Drop small spoonfuls of pesto over vegetables and use your fingers to toss vegetables with the pesto to evenly distribute.
  • Bake at 400-425 for 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables look done.
  • Remove from oven and toss nuts in and sprinkle cheese over all. Return to oven 1-2 minutes to warm nuts and melt cheese. Serve immediately. Makes 2 main dish servings or 3-4 side dish servings.


*this recipe will work with anyway you want to cut your zucchini, but to mimic the taste of actual pasta, the spiral cut noodles work the best
Keyword Italian Zoodles, Summer side dish, Zucchini Noddles with Pesto, Zucchini stir fry, Zucchini with pistachio and pine nuts

Serve this as a light main dish or as a side dish

zucchini pesto with roasted tomatoes and pine nuts

We had this as a side dish with Ribeyes and Steak House Fries with Garlic and Parsley which will be posting next week~

steak house potatoes,

You will never want fried potatoes again after you try these roasted beauties!

Juicy Details

I purchased my Spiral Vegetable Slicer from here, but check your local Target or BBB.  There are a lot of different versions available, in various price ranges.  You can compare different ones here.  The Paderno one below was ranked #1 for 2014, about $33


I have used it to make Light and Crispy Curly Fries here

light and crispy fries

and Pesto Vegetable Stir Fry here

pesto stir fry

It’s easy to use, a breeze to clean, and a fun way to add pizazz to your plate!


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12 Responses to “Recipe Box, Zucchini Noodles with Pesto, Pistachio and Pine Nuts”
  1. Lynn says:

    The spiral slicer is neat, I bet the kids get a big kick out of it! Pine nuts… Something else for my New Foods list:@)

  2. Cristina says:

    This looks so yummy!! I love pine nuts so I’m definitely going to try this!

  3. ct says:

    Oh my goodness, that zucchini dish sounds delicious! I’ve never even heard of a spiral vegetable slicer, lol, and now I want to get one so I can make this recipe. Thanks for sharing it! ~~ Pam

  4. Healthy and flavorful. Love the picture of the zucchini pasta hanging from the cupboard knob!

  5. Mary says:

    I have to try this Jenna! I made an arugula pesto with pistachios before and have only played around with a wee hand-held version of a spiralizer. I love that this bakes in the oven rather than a pan too!

  6. Marigene says:

    Looks and sounds delish, Jenna!

  7. What a great way of replacing the pasta, it looks really tasty. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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