It’s pasta time! Who doesn’t love spaghetti? We won’t be using traditional wheat pasta of course, but zucchini noodles. On the menu: Zucchini Pasta with Basil Hemp Pesto. I thought it was about time that I showed you how to use one of my favorite raw vegan kitchen tools: the spiralizer. If you’re already on the lookout for early Christmas gifts, this will make a great present! You can use it to create noodles, chips and slices such as carrot noodles, sweet potato chips and apple slices. Children love playing around with the spiralizer too – they can create a rainbow colored pasta salad with carrot, beetroot, zucchini, yellow squash and more. With this easy device, you will have healthy pasta in no time ☺
Zucchini Pasta with Basil Hemp Pesto
SERVES: 2 people
EQUIPMENT: spiralizer (or mandolin), food processor, rubber spatula
Basil Hemp Pesto
2 cups of fresh basil
2 cups of fresh spinach (or extra basil)
½ cup of zucchini, finely chopped
½ cup of sunflower seeds or pine nuts
¼ cup of hemp seeds
½ small clove of garlic, grated
½ teaspoon of nutritional yeast (or more to taste)
Himalayan Crystal salt or sea salt, to taste
2 large pinches of cayenne pepper
Optional addition: extra virgin olive oil, to taste
4 medium zucchini
Basil Hemp Pesto
- Combine basil, spinach and zucchini in the food processor fitted with an S-blade. Process until finely ground.
- Add sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and garlic, and process again.
- Finally, add nutritional yeast, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix into a creamy pesto.
- Peel your zucchini and turn them into noodles using a spiralizer (for step-by-step instructions, check out the video).
- Combine your zucchini pasta and basil hemp pesto right before serving. If you combine these two in advance, the pasta will become watery. Bon appétit!
JULIE’S TIPS & TRICKS:
- This Basil Hemp Pesto will stay fresh for at least 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Not a big fan of zucchini? You can easily create noodles out of carrot, parsnip, beetroot or your favorite type of squash.
- Hemp seeds are packed with plant-based protein and healthy omega 3 fatty acids. If you don’t have any hemp seeds at home, you can replace them with extra pine nuts or sunflower seeds. Or how about walnuts or pumpkin seeds?
Now I would love to hear from you! What is your favorite pasta recipe? Pasta alla Carbonara, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Macaroni & Cheese, Gnocchi with Truffle, Spinach Ravioli, Penne with Eggplant, Tomato & Cheese… Let me know by leaving a comment down below.