semi-guilt-free. [zucchini spaghetti w. jalapeño-cilantro pesto]

July 30th, 2014 by | comments

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Zucchini noodles aka zoodles are so in right now–or so it seems. After seeing multiple recipes online using zucchini noodles, I had to get my hands on a spiralizer. I have a feeling I’ll be using the tool often. This “pasta” was incredibly flavorful and semi-guilt-free (I couldn’t help but add cheese)!


zucchini spaghetti w. jalapeño-cilantro pesto
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4-5 zucchini, julienned with a spiralizer or julienne peeler
  • 2 jalapeños, deveined, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 3 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more to reach desired consistency
  • ¼ cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add julienned zucchini and a pinch of salt. Cook zucchini 2-3 minutes, then drain in a colander. Let the zucchini sit 15-20 minutes to remove excess water. Pat the zucchini noodles with paper towels to remove more water.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, blend jalapeño until fine. Add cilantro, toasted pine nuts, garlic and lime juice. Gradually add olive oil while blending. Transfer pesto to a small bowl, then add cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add zucchini noodles to a large bowl, then toss with jalapeño-cilantro pesto; add diced tomatoes. Season pasta with salt and pepper, if necessary, and top with shredded Monterrey jack cheese. Serve.

 

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  • http://gobakeyourself.com Choc Chip Uru

    This pesto looks delicious, spaghetti with it is always flavoursome :D
    Need to try this recipe! Especially because it is low-carb!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    This wouldn’t make me feel guilty unless I didn’t clean my plate.

  • http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    Semi-guilt free? Nay..I think this is 100% guilt-free and delicious!

  • http://dentistvschef.wordpress.com dedy oktavianus pardede

    wow, this recipe made me not feeling guilty to eat late night, great job!!!
    the photograh is stunning as always…

  • http://cookingmisadventures.wordpress.com Courtney

    Okay, I must be really out of the foodie world – as I have never even heard of zoodles – though they sound quite intriguing. And with cilantro and peppers… I’d probably be a happy lady. :)