This light and refreshing pesto is made with raw zucchini, toasted hazelnuts and lemon.
Pulse the pesto ingredients (except oil and cheese) in a food processor until chunky.
Pour in the oil with the machine running until mixture is finely minced (do not have to use all oil if desired). Transfer to a bowl and stir in cheese. You can toss the pesto with hot pasta (add some reserved pasta water to loosen pesto and create a bit of a sauce), or freeze the pesto and save for later!
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Lemon-Zucchini Pesto Pasta
- 1 small zucchini chopped
- 1 cup cilantro/Italian parsley
- 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts peeled
- 1 clove garlic
- Zest & juice from 1 lemon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup Parmesan grated
- For the pesto, combine all ingredients but the oil and cheese into a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. With machine running, pour in oil.
- Scrape pesto into a bowl and stir in cheese.
- Prepare your favorite GF pasta, and toss with pesto. Add a bit of oil or reserved pasta water to loosen mixture if desired.
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