Zucchini Spaghetti Pesto For The Italian Food Lovers!

Especially for the Italian food lovers amongst us: this delicious and great looking zucchini spaghetti pesto! Doing keto doesn't mean you have to give up on your spaghetti, pizza's, and other Italian dishes. You just have to get creative and think of substitutes! This creamy fresh zucchini pesto is a low-carb version of the regular high-carb pasta pesto, with certainly a way better nutritional value ;)  The creaminess of the sauce comes from adding half an avocado. Buon appetito!


Zucchini: the vegetable you can sneak into any meal!

Zucchini is a low-carb vegetable that only contains 5 grams of net carbs per 100 grams. The neutral taste of this veggie makes it a perfect ingredient for many different recipes. Besides being used as a pasta substitute, it can be used in soups, salads, and even breads since it is high in water. It is also a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and minerals, like potassium and manganese. Especially potassium is a very important nutrient in ketogenic diets, such as other electrolytes. 


Recipe for 1 serving zucchini spaghetti pesto 


  • 150 grams of zucchini noodles

  • Half an avocado

  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/3 clove garlic

  • 2 grams basil leaves in small pieces

  • 15 millilitres olive oil

  • 20 grams organic green pesto (the version that is lowest in carbs, and ingredients)

  • 3 cherry tomatoes

  • 15 grams roasted pine nuts

  • 20 grams grated parmesan cheese

  • Basil leaves for decoration

  • Salt and pepper to taste


How to prepare this zucchini spaghetti pesto

  1. First, heat the olive oil in a pan, and stir-fry the zucchini noodles according to package directions.

  2. Scoop out the avocado flesh of half an avocado, and mix this with the garlic, basil leaves, green pesto, until a smooth mouse develops.

  3. Then, add this mouse into the stir-fried noodles until, stir until well-mixed.

  4. Lastly, serve with roasted pine nuts, grated parmesan cheese, and basil leaves.


Variations / notes: this serving could be too small for you, so feel free to increase the amount of ingredients.

What is your favourite keto friendly Italian recipe?