A simple meal bursting with flavor, these Walnut Pesto Zoodles topped with Garlic Cherub Tomatoes require only 9 ingredients and are ready in about 30 minutes. A marriage made in heaven that’s also vegan and gluten-free.
Salty, garlicy, savory, rich, full-on flavorbomb, these are just a few ways to describe these Walnut Pesto Zoodles topped with Garlicy Cherub Tomatoes. Made with only 9 ingredients, if you’re well-prepared, you can probably have them ready in about 30 minutes. Don’t worry! I’m now going to help you become well-prepared!
Ingredients Needed for these Zoodles
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this zoodle recipe:
- Zesty 5-Minute Vegan Walnut Pesto (olive oil, vegetable broth, fresh basil, walnut, garlic, lemon & sea salt)
- 8 medium to large zucchini
- 10.5 ounces Cherub Tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
You’ll also need a gadget to spiralize your zoodles. I use the spiralizer you see below. It was only 19.99 at Wal-Mart. Greatest investment I ever made!
Step by Step Instructions
Ok, so you have your ingredients. Here are the steps you should take to complete this meal:
1. Start by making your walnut pesto sauce. You’ll put your basil, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice and sea salt in your food processor.
2. Pulse for a few minutes to combine all the ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the sides. Add your olive oil and vegetable broth slowly through the opening on the food processor. Use only enough to make your pesto sauce thick and creamy as seen in the picture. For a thinner sauce, use more vegetable broth. For a thicker sauce, use less. Set aside.
3. Chop the tops and ends off your zucchini.
4. Using your handy dandy spiralizer, spiralize all of your zucchini.
5. Place the zucchini on a few layers of paper towels as seen below. Top zucchini with another few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy, like a book, on the top layer of paper towels. Allow paper towels to absorb excess moisture from the zoodles so your recipe doesn’t get too runny. Leave the zoodles between the paper towels while you handle the rest of the recipe.
6. Combine olive oil and garlic in small pan. Add your tomatoes.
7. Cover and saute over medium heat until the tomatoes start to burst. Remove from heat. Set aside.
8. While tomatoes are simmering, heat a little more olive oil and garlic in large fry pan or wok. Add your zoodles and stir until olive oil and garlic are well-distributed. Add walnut pesto and stir. Cook over medium heat just until zoodles and sauce are heated through. If you over-cook, they will wilt prematurely.
This recipe makes 4 servings. Once your zoodles and tomatoes are done, place zoodles on your plates, top with Cherub tomatoes then top with Vegan Parmesan or another favorite seasoning. Garnish with spiralized radish and serve immediately.
Honestly, I wish you could have seen me in the kitchen today cooking these crazy zoodles. From dropping ingredients and my favorite kitchen gadgets all over the floor to tripping and falling to the floor myself, it would’ve been the funniest comedy show you’ve ever seen! Sometimes I wonder how I get out of there alive! Ok, enough complaining! Let’s move on…
I served this tasty dish to my boyfriend for dinner tonight. I made 4 servings and he ate 3 of them. I’m telling you this to be sure you make enough of it because it’s that good!
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Walnut Pesto Zoodles with Garlic Cherub Tomatoes
- 1 batch Vegan Walnut Pesto
- 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin; divided
- 4 cloves garlic minced; divided
- 8 med zucchini spiralized
- 10.5 oz cherub tomatoes
- 0.5 tsp sea salt
- 0.5 tsp ground black pepper optional
For the Walnut Pesto Sauce
- Prepare your Vegan Walnut Pesto recipe by following the instructions for my recipe. Set aside. .
For the Zoodles
- In a large fry pan or wok, heat 1 tsp olive oil and 2 cloves garlic over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Add spiralized zucchini noodles, or zoodles, and toss to coat evenly. Cook zoodles only until they are heated through. Don’t overcook. Stir in walnut pesto sauce and coat zoodles evenly. Set aside.
For the Tomatoes
- In a small pan over medium heat, add a tsp of olive oil and 2 cloves garlic. Add tomatoes and stir until evenly coated. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until tomatoes start to burst. Stir every few minutes.
Putting it All Together
- Place zoodles on plates and top with a generous scoop of sauteed cherub tomatoes. Top with Vegan Parmesan, sea salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with spiralized radish and serve immediately.
- Don’t overcook the zoodles or they will wilt. Just cook until heated through.
- Store left over portions of zoodles in bowl filled with water in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To make this oil-free, substitute olive oil for vegetable broth.
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