Zucchini Noodles with Herb and Almond Pesto

Forever on the lookout for suitable pasta replacements, these “noodles” are a revelation! You don’t need a Spiralizer though that is what I have used here – I absolutely love mine! You can run the zucchini (courgette) through a hand grater with deep holes or one of the julienne blades of your food processor. The key to this recipe is not to over-cook the zucchini.

Ingredients for Pesto:
1 cup of cilantro leaves (not too many stalks)
½ cup of curly parsley
¾ cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp of pomegranate infused balsamic vinegar (plain balsamic is fine also)
¼ cup of almond flour
⅓ cup grated parmesan and extra for topping
¼ tsp ground pepper

Rest of Ingredients:
8 medium to large shrimp, raw and peeled – Alternatively, you can cook them this way
1 minced garlic clove
1 tbsp of chopped cilantro
1 tbsp of butter
4 medium zucchini
1 tbsp of olive oil

Instructions for Pesto:
In a food processor, add the parsley, cilantro and garlic
Process until nicely chopped but not smooth
Add the oil, almonds, parmesan and pepper
Pulse the mixture until you achieve the consistency you desire
Set to one side

Bringing it all together:
Using a Spiralizer or a julienne mandolin or grater, shred the zucchini into thin strips and set aside
Unless you have foil baked the shrimp like this, in a heavy bottomed pan or wok, add the 2 tbsp of olive oil
Add the raw peeled shrimp, minced garlic and cilantro
Toss in the pan, turning frequently until cooked (approx. 2 minutes if they are large)
Set cooked shrimp aside on a plate
In the same pan, add three tablespoons of pesto, heat and add the zucchini
Toss the zucchini in the pan, mixing well with the pesto
Heat for 30 seconds only ensuring the zucchini don’t get soggy
Transfer to individual plates or one large one and top with the cooked shrimp

Notes:
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
This is the Spiralizer I use Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer

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