Ok I admit it; a healthy alternative to good ol’ pasta and meatballs sounds like kind of a bummer. But you gotta trust me on this one. These pesto zucchini noodle bowls stand up to the competition and are one of my go-to weeknight recipes. They might not taste exactly like traditional Italian food but I’m willing to bet they’ll satisfy your cravings (and make you feel really good about life) in about 30 minutes or less.
This recipe calls for zucchini noodles (aka zoodles). But if you don’t have a spiralizer, have no fear. You can find zucchini noodles in the produce aisle or use a kitchen tool you probably already own (we’re looking at you, box grater). Check out our comprehensive guide to making zucchini noodles here.
In these pesto zucchini noodle bowls, we use our favorite dairy-free pesto, but feel free to use your own recipe or even a store-bought version to save time. To double-down on the veggies (while getting in your protein), top the bowls with these turkey zucchini meatballs.Print
Pesto Zucchini Noodle Bowls with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Prep Time: 15 Minutes
- Cook Time: 5 Minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 5 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Sauté
- Cuisine: Italian
These pesto zucchini noodle bowls with sun-dried tomatoes are a simple, healthy alternative to pasta and meatballs. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo.
- 5 medium zucchini, spiralized (see notes)
- 2/3 cup dairy-free pesto
- 3 tablespoons olive oil to thin, optional
- 2o cooked turkey zucchini meatballs
- 10 sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
- parmesan cheese to top, optional
Make the zucchini noodles. Spiralize the zucchini.
Thin the pesto, if needed. Mix the pesto with a bit of olive oil to thin.
Pack the bowls or serve. In a large bowl, toss the prepared zucchini noodles with the pesto. Add the thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes and mix again until everything is evenly covered in the pesto sauce.
Divide between 5 bowls or meal prep containers, top each with 4 turkey zucchini meatballs and when ready to eat, top with freshly grated parmesan cheese, if using.
Don’t have a spiralizer? No worries. You can find zucchini noodles in the produce aisle or just use a box grater or julienne peeler. Learn how to make zucchini noodles here.
Keywords: healthy pesto pasta, vegan pesto pasta, dairy-free pasta
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