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297
Calories 
12g
Carbs 
12g
Fat 
39g
Protein 
4
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(6 Old SmartPoints™) (8 PointsPlus®)

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Pesto Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles is a quick and healthy meal that's packed with flavor from a healthy homemade basil pesto but good for you since it uses zucchini noodles instead of traditional pasta. Perfect for a low carb, keto, or Weight Watchers diet.

Pesto is one of those dishes that seems healthy when you first think about it but is usually packed with so much oil and cheese that is quickly becomes a calorie bomb. In fact, most pesto has about 80 calories and 8 grams of fat for just one tablespoon. I don't know about you, but that's quite a lot considering you need more than one tablespoon for most recipes.

Pesto Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles on a white plate with fork.

To combat that, I have been making my own pesto for years now. It uses all the same ingredients just in different proportions to make it much healthier. Trust me, you wont' miss all the extra oil. I use it all the time with pasta, spaghetti squash, chicken, and my absolute favorite, shrimp. I just love the combination of pesto and shrimp - so good.

Weight Watchers Pesto Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles on a white linen.

With that in mind, I created this simple dish using this homemade pesto, zucchini noodles, and quickly sauteed shrimp. It's ready in less than 20 minutes and tastes amazing. Full of pesto flavor, sweet shrimp, and plenty of zucchini noodles. 

Tips and Tricks for Making this Healthy Pesto Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

  • Protein: You can use all different types of protein in this dish. I have made it with chicken, ground turkey, chicken sausage, and salmon.
  • Noodles: When I make dishes like this, I usually make some whole grain pasta on the side for other family members to add to the dish. This makes it heartier and more filling for them but also makes sure they are getting lots of veggies too.
  • Dairy Free Version: If you are dairy free, you can make this with nutritional yeast instead of Parmesan cheese. The pesto turns out great and you can sprinkle some extra on top before serving.
  • Veggies: Sometimes I add in some fresh cherry tomatoes or canned fire roasted diced tomatoes as well.

Low Carb Pesto Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles on a plate with fork and napkin.

Looking for other zucchini noodles recipes?

The Best Way to Make Zucchini Noodles

  • The easiest way to make zucchini noodles is with a spiralizer. I have this one that pairs with my Kitchen Aid mixer and I couldn't be happier with it. If you don't have a Kitchen Aid mixer or want a less expensive option, there are tons of good options. For most options all you have to do it cut off the ends, insert it into the spiralizer, and turn to create little zucchini spirals.
  • If you don't want to use a spiralizer, you can also use a mandolin. Cut the zucchini into thin planks and then use a sharp  knife to cut them into noodles.
  • A final option is to use a vegetable peeler. Simply make long planks using the peeler and then use a knife to cut those into noodles. This method is fairly time consuming and it can be difficult to use the peeler as the zucchini gets smaller. 
  • One important note about zucchini noodles. Zucchini naturally contains a ton of water, which is why some people complain of soggy noodles. If you have time, salt the zucchini noodles and let them rest on paper towels for 10-15 minutes. Then pat dry. This will pull out some of the water and result in a better texture for the noodle.
Prep Time

Pesto Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles

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Ingredients

4
  • 1 cup fresh basil, packed
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. almonds
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 U cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1.33 lbs. shrimp
  • 4 U zucchini, cut into noodles
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297
Calories from Fat 105
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
18%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 250mg
83%
Sodium 450mg
20%
Total Carbohydrate 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 39g

Directions

  1. Add the first nine ingredients (basil, water, Parmesan, almonds, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper) to a food processor. Pulse until combined to make a home made skinny pesto.
  2. Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium high heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side until pink and opaque. Remove and set aside. You can add more flavor to the shrimp here if desired with garlic powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, grill seasoning, or any other of your favorite spice blends.
  3. Add the zucchini noodles to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes until just tender. Stir in the shrimp and pesto. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
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Pesto Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles is a low carb/keto friendly dish that has all the flavor of your favorite pesto pasta without the calories, carbs, and fat. Made with a quick homemade basil pesto, this dish comes together in no time and couldn't be tastier.
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