zucchini pesto pasta

I love pasta and pesto. As a combination of the two or in two separate counterparts. I love it.

Ever since I have discovered a delicious way of enjoying pasta without the calories and carbs, aka zucchini pasta. I have been on the hunt for a delicious basil pesto recipe to go with it, that doesn’t sacrifice on flavour and is low in calories. A perfect 5:2 diet recipe!

I am happy to report, that I have finally found the one! Courtesy of Weight Watchers I’ve adapted their recipe. I skip the toasting of the pine nuts completely and just blitz all the ingredients.


Pesto sauce (makes 1 cup, serves 4)

  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 40g finely grated parmesan for serving
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt

Zucchini pasta

  • 6 zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • rice bran oil spray
  • himalayan salt


To prepare the pasta. Wash the zucchini and cut the ends off. Using a mandolin slicer cut the zucchini julienne style, salt and set aside. You will have lovely little spaghetti strands!

Place all the pesto ingredients in a food processor and blitz.

If you don’t mind eating raw zucchini, place the pesto over the zucchini pasta and top with fresh spinach and mix through.

Otherwise, if you prefer a more spaghetti type feel and taste. All you have to do is cook the zucchini pasta. First, heat a pan to a high heat and spray some oil on the pan. I use rice bran oil as this is lower in calories.

When the pan is ready, fry your zucchini constantly tossing and turning it until it is cooked through. You will know it is cooked when it begins to move and behave like pasta. Mix the pesto sauce and spinach leaves through and top with extra parmesan. Dish up and enjoy x

Serves: 4 Calories: 202 Carbs: 13g Protein: 12g Cholesterol: 5.5mg

Total fat: 12.5g Saturated fat: 4g Fibre: 5g Sugars: 8g



  1. Love raw zucchini but need to get the spiraliser out again and get back into zucchini pasta!

  2. bmacky says:

    Pesto is interesting menu. I want to try it at home whne I came home after my travel.

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