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5 from 2 votes
Pesto Spiral Zucchini and Spinach with Pancetta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
32 mins

A little salty, a little saucy, a lot of veggies and packed full of flavour! This pasta-like spiral zucchini is delicious with spinach and crispy pancetta.

Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, North American, World
Author: Nelson Cardoso
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cup basil leaves (0.7 oz or 20 g)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
The rest:
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 112 g (3.95 oz) pancetta, sliced in small pieces
  • 1/2 cooking onion, diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 whole zucchinis, washed, unpeeled and cut into spirals
  • 2 cups spinach
  1. Add (from the list of pesto ingredients) the garlic, sea salt, black pepper, basil leaves, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese to a small food processor or blender. Blend until the ingredients are well combined and form a paste. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil In a large pan, on medium high.

  3. Once the oil is hot, add the pancetta and saute until the edges start to brown. Mix occasionally during this process to avoid sticking. About 3 minutes.

  4. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 2 minutes.

  5. Add the rest of the vegetable oil, tomatoes, salt and pepper, and keep cooking until they've softened a bit. About 4 minutes. Carefully (because they can splatter a bit) press down the tomatoes using a fork or spatula.

  6. Add the white wine and cook until it reduces to about half the liquid. About 2 minutes.

  7. Add the zucchini and mix well with all the ingredients. Continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

  8. Mix in the pesto sauce with the zucchini noodles until they're well coated.

  9. Distribute the spinach evenly over the zucchini, shut off the stove and cover the pan with the lid for about 4 minutes.

  10. Remove the cover, toss the noodles with the spinach and transfer to a serving dish.

  11. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can use any tool that can cut zucchini into spirals/noodles. Some are manual and some are powered. We used our 5 Blade Spiralizer sent to us by our friends at KitchenAid Canada.