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Three Cooks One Kitchen: Pea & Pesto Zucchini Noodles

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The latest Three Cooks One Kitchen edition where we tackled zucchini noodles, made pesto sauce, and threw it all together with two kinds of peas.  These Pea & Pesto Zucchini Noodles make for the perfect spring or summertime dish.

Three Cooks One Kitchen BannerIf you want honesty, here it is: Joanna, Erin, and I had the hardest time deciding what in the heck we were going to make for this month’s Three Cooks One Kitchen!  Maybe it is because we have been cooking up a storm for almost a year, or maybe it is because we are all in a bit of a food rut.  Whatever it was, the ideas simply were not flowing like they normally do.

3c1k Pea and Pesto Zoodles 3It was not until about two days before we were to meet that we decided on a game plan.  I was racking my brain for ideas when this completely random (but delicious) concoction popped into my head.

Erin had already spoken very highly of zucchini noodles, and they just screamed “spring” to me.  When I threw out the idea of her teaching us to make “zoodles,” we all agreed almost instantaneously.  Of course we could not just eat zoodles.  Talk about boring!  We had to jazz things up a bit.  The three of us decided to whip up a pesto sauce, throw in some peas (because peas always go well with pesto), and toss in some chickpeas for a vegetarian-friendly protein.  I admit that it all sounds a bit random, but I also promise that it received a major stamp of approval from the three of us.

3C1K PrepSince Joanna is nearing the end of her pregnancy, we decided it would be best to meet at her place.  She graciously lent her gorgeous kitchen to our food prepping and eating.  And prep, we did!

3c1k pesto 2We decided to start with the pesto sauce (recipe below).  The pesto sauce was based on the recipe found on the basil package.  Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right?  We chopped the basil, added fresh garlic, drizzled in olive oil, and blended in veg-friendly Parmesan cheese.  Making homemade pesto truly is easy, and it is far more delicious than store-bought pesto.

3c1k Erin zoodlesOnce the pesto was prepared, it was zoodling (<– if that is not already a word, it should be) time!

Erin is the zoodle pro, so she taught Joanna and me exactly how it is done.

3c1k hannah zoodles 2We zoodled…

3c1k hannah zoodles 3… and zoodled…

3c1k Joanna zoodles… and zoodled.

And guess what?  It was so easy.  Joanna and I both felt pretty confident in our zucchini noodle-making abilities after just one zucchini each.

3c1k Erin zoodles 2After the zucchini noodles were prepped, we steamed them in two batches.  Each batch took about four minutes.

3c1k chickpea pesto 2While the zucchini noodles were steaming, we combined the pesto, chickpeas, and peas in a large pan over medium-low heat.  Look at all of those yummy greens!

3c1k Erin zoodles 3Once the zucchini noodles were steamed, we set them aside.  At this point, it would be important to drain the zoodles and squeeze out the liquid in a tea towel.  We were a bit overeager and forgot this step, hence the slightly thin sauce.  Next time we will get it right!

3c1k chickpea pesto 3The zucchini noodles went into the pea and pesto mix.  We stirred it up and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

3c1k Pea and Pesto ZoodlesAnd then we plated it!  You can see that the sauce was a bit runny, but I did my best to make it look presentable.  Granted even if it did not look presentable, I would still tell you how much I loved it.  It was flavorful, healthy, protein and veggie-packed, and filling.  What’s not to love about that?

Erin told me that she made a second batch on Sunday for lunches for the week, and I am completely jealous of that.  I just need to get my hands on a spiralizer and then I can do the same!  If you are a spiralizing fool, be sure to check out the recipe below.

3c1k Pea and Pesto Zoodles 4Pea & Pesto Zucchini Noodles
Gluten-Free

Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients

2 cups basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
3 large zucchini
15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen green peas, cooked according to package directions

Directions

1. Roughly chop basil leaves.  In food processor, combine garlic and basil.  Slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil while food processor is on low.  Stop often to scrape down the sides.  Gently blend in remainder of olive oil and the pine nuts.  When all ingredients are well-combined, add in cheese and blend until just combined.  Do not over blend cheese.  Let sit for 20 minutes.

2. Make the zucchini noodles by following the instructions of your particular spiralizer.  Steam zucchini noodles for approximately 4 minutes, or until tender, but not mushy.  You can do this on the stove top or in the microwave.  Drain the zucchini and squeeze out any excess liquid in a tea towel.

3. While the zucchini noodles are steaming, place pesto sauce, chickpeas, and cooked green peas in a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Simmer for approximately 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Add the drained zucchini noodles to the pan.  Continue to simmer for an additional 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm and the sauce has reached your desired thickness.

5. Enjoy on a gorgeous spring or summer day!

Don’t forget to head over and check out the other two cooks’ renditions of our zoodling adventure:

Erin’s Three Cooks One Kitchen Post
Joanna’s Three Cooks One Kitchen Post

Have you ever made zucchini noodles?
If so, what is your favorite way to eat them?

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  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie April 16, 2015, 6:24 am
    I love all the healthy greens in this recipe! Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...Love WinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 16, 2015, 8:41 am
      SO many greens, right? This would be perfect on St. Patty's day ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 16, 2015, 7:07 am
    These were so delicious!! You just made me even more excited for lunch today! :D Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Pesto and Peas Zoodle RecipeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 16, 2015, 8:43 am
      You STILL have some? Wow, you must have made a ton! I'm jealous :(
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 16, 2015, 7:12 am
    Doesn't spiralizing just MAKE you feel like a badass ;) Haha!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 16, 2015, 8:44 am
      Haha, that is such a great way to put it!! I did feel kind of badass when I was making them... especially since it was so darn easy!
  • Leah April 16, 2015, 9:23 am
    Love the spiralizer! Gotta get me one of those! Thanks for the great recipe, too! Leah recently posted...Blatt Beer and Table WestMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 16, 2015, 11:48 am
      As do I! My first experience with it was awesome, and it definitely will not be my last!
  • Andrea Nine April 16, 2015, 9:43 am
    I must zoodle!!!! This looks so fun with tasty results!! Livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com Andrea Nine recently posted...LIEBSTER AWARD & 11 Fun FactsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 16, 2015, 12:01 pm
      Zucchini noodles definitely turn cooking into an "experience." Anything that can make cooking and eating healthy more fun is a great thing!
  • Sara April 16, 2015, 5:15 pm
    This looks delicious, I'm always looking for fun new recipes to use with my spiralizer! Sara recently posted...Lighter Honey Sesame ChickenMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 16, 2015, 5:44 pm
      I hope you give this one a try, Sara! I'm excited to buy a spiralizer of my own so that I can try out all of the recipes that are out there. Which spiralizer do you have? Do you have any recommendations?
  • Ashley April 16, 2015, 6:36 pm
    I think this combo sounds fantastic! And maybe because I like it all ... so not random!!! haha I'd eat it in a second. I still have yet to try zoodles ... but I've been dying to forever! Ashley recently posted...Roasted Spring Vegetable Salad with Tahini DressingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 17, 2015, 8:42 am
      You should definitely try them! Now that I have tried them once, I am hooked. I am already research spiralizers so that I can buy my own ;)
  • Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola April 16, 2015, 7:44 pm
    I have wanted to get a spiralizer since forever but haven't gotten around to it. Looks like it would be the perfect spring/summer kitchen tool. I get lots of zucchini and squash from the farmer's market over the summer and this is a creative way to use it up! Also, I completely love pesto! I've been thinking about getting my own basil plants to always have some on hand and make my own sauces. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola recently posted...neVer forgeTMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 17, 2015, 8:48 am
      As someone who was trying a spiralizer for the first time, I have to say that I can see why people love them so much. I LOVED the zucchini noodles and they were super easy to make. I've been researching spiralizers so that I can get one for myself, and they are really quite affordable. You should look into getting one!
  • Katie April 17, 2015, 3:20 pm
    This looks absolutely delicious and like something I could do! I am going to have to give this a whirl soon. Thanks for sharing. ​ xo katie // a touch of teal
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 17, 2015, 6:46 pm
      You are so welcome! It is SO easy, so you can absolutely handle it. We we first-time spiralizers and we did great!
  • Farrah April 17, 2015, 10:55 pm
    I got a spiralizer!! But I left it at my friend's house because I'll be moving in there in July anywhere, and it's mildly pointless to bring more stuff back to my apartment when I'm in the process of moving everything over there. Can't wait to make this! <3 I love pesto! :D
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 18, 2015, 9:39 am
      Oh gosh, I would be struggling without it if I had one!! I definitely need to invest in one ASAP. They are one of the coolest little affordable kitchen tools out there right now!
  • Camesha | Mama Motivator April 18, 2015, 12:22 am
    That looks really tasty. I want to try zucchini noodles. I've seen so many recipes that use them. Camesha | Mama Motivator recently posted...Kids Style Perfectly BakedMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 18, 2015, 9:43 am
      They are SO awesome! Now that I have experienced them for the first time, I have been craving them like crazy. I need to get my hands on my own spiralizer!

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