Recipe of the Week: Zucchini Noodles with Basil Almond Pesto

Stock up on seasonal zucchini at the farmers market and get your carb fix without the carbs
Posted August 05, 2014
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Heather Christo's delicious carb-less zucchini noodle recipe

So you’re trying to eat healthy and get those vegetables in, but your inner foodie just can’t get past wanting carbs? Well, fear not--Heather Christo, the awesome Queen Anne-based entertaining expert (and recently a winner on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen!) saves the day. Dazzle as she transforms this seasonal vegetable into a delicious pesto noodle dish and let your taste buds (and waistline) judge for themselves.

Try your hand at Christo's recipe below. For her step-by-step instructions and more info about her, visit Heather's blog.


  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups basil, packed
  • ½ cup raw slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 3 large zucchini
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds for garnish
  • fresh basil for garnish


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the onion, basil, almonds, olive oil, vinegar and crushed red pepper. Pulse until you have a smooth pesto and then season to taste with kosher salt.
  2. Run the zucchini through a vegetable spiralizer (Heather suggests this one) and collect in a large bowl. Toss the zucchini noodles with the pesto until the noodles are well coated. Season to taste with kosher salt. Toss the sliced almonds in.
  3. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with the cherry tomatoes and tuck the fresh basil at the corners for garnish.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4