We've had requests for a recipe using "spiralized" zucchini, so here it is. If you haven't used a spiralizer, try it — they're fun to use, and the basic ones are cheap and work well enough.
Here's why we love this particular recipe—
- Zucchini is abundant at this time of year, and it looks beautiful when it's turned into "noodles."
- Pesto is easy to keep on hand. Yes, homemade pesto is the best, but fresh supermarket pesto is great, too.
- You can always keep a bag of frozen uncooked shrimp (preferably wild — check for when it's on sale) in the freezer to have on hand when the spirit moves you.
Spiralized pesto zucchini with shrimp
- 5 medium-sized zucchinis, spiralized
- 1 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
- 1 or 2 cloves minced garlic
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 pound shrimp, thawed, peeled, deveined, and dried in a cloth or paper towel.
- ½ cup sliced red bell peppers &/or halved cherry tomatoes
- ½-1 cup pesto
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and pepper, and cook for 30 seconds. Add the shrimp. Cook the shrimp for 5 – 8 minutes, just until until fully cooked and pink. Transfer the shrimp to a clean bowl or platter and set aside.
- Add zucchini noodles to the same pan used for the shrimp and sauté for 60 seconds over medium heat until just tender.
- Plate the zucchini, shrimp, & bell pepper. Top with pesto as shown in the photograph. Alternatively, toss the shrimp, zucchini noodles,pepper slices and pesto together in a bowl.
An alternative way to cook this dish—
- Grill the shrimp on skewers over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side, or until just cooked.
- Microwave the zucchini noodles in a bowl with a tablespoon of water for 60 seconds. Drain.
- Plate or toss as above.
- This is a good dish for piling on vegetables: steamed broccoli florets, broccolini, or asparagus, for example.
- Sometimes, even though the spiralized zucchini looks like pasta, you really do want pasta. Feel free to use ⅔’s spiralized zucchini and ⅓ cooked whole wheat pasta. It’s still healthy. Enjoy.
Let us know how you like it!
Oh, one more thing — if you want to be fancy and make this dish and then take a picture outside because it's such a lovely day and you want a nice photograph and then a yellow jacket wasp decides that the shrimp looks interesting? Don't angrily swat at the wasp. Don't do it. Please just don't do it.