Roasted Zucchini Pesto


If you love pesto and are interested in something different, then this zucchini pesto is the ONE for you. I have used roasted zucchini, which adds extra complexity to the sauce, but you sure can use the raw one instead. Serve them with rye crackers or some toasted country bread.

  • 500 g Zucchini
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp Ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp Fresh basil, chopped
  • 30 g Parmesan, grated
  • 5 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Cut the zucchini into half lengthways. Grease a baking pan with a little of olive oil, and place the zucchini, cut side down, in the pan. Brush the zucchini with half tablespoon of olive oil. Roast zucchini for 15 minutes.
  2. Cut the zucchini into small pieces and place them in a blender with garlic cloves, almond, and basil. Pulse unti the mixture is blended. Add in grated Parmesan and olive oil. Season the mixture with lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Serve with rye crackers.

101 comments:

Food Frenzy 27/2/11 06:50

This looks and sounds amazing. I love pesto anything and this is a great recipe.

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kitchen flavours 27/2/11 07:05

Looks beautiful! A great idea with the roasted zucchini. It does look delicious served with rye crackers.

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy 27/2/11 07:22

This sounds excellent! I never would have thought of it, thanks!

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Zurin 27/2/11 07:23

What a good idea Angie! this will definitley be on my to try list. beautiful colour too. LOve it!

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grace 27/2/11 07:35

i think my favorite way to prepare zucchini is to roast it--i love the flavors that emerge! this pesto is a sensational idea, and it's just lovely!

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alison 27/2/11 08:12

looks gorgeous ,what a great recipe!

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My Little Space 27/2/11 08:54

Wow, zuchinni sounds as good! Something cooling, right! Hope you're enjoying your weekend. Have fun!
Cheers, Kristy

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Suchi 27/2/11 09:28

Angie, the pesto looks so good- I have to try this! Loved your presentation-

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Cherine 27/2/11 10:25

A zucchini pesto, what an original tempting recipe!

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 27/2/11 10:30

A great idea! Lighty than other pestos, yet very flavorful.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Ana Rita 27/2/11 11:08

Loved this recipe...I'll try it for sure, 'cause i just adore zucchini...

Kisses,

Rita

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Ah Tze 27/2/11 12:35

I like pesto! This zucchini pesto looks fabulous!

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Lizzy 27/2/11 13:06

What a gorgeous presentation for what I can only imagine is a fabulous dip!!! This looks SO good, Angie!!!

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Boulder Locavore 27/2/11 13:11

Hi Angie! What an innovative recipe. I've made pesto from basil of course and thought I was being 'experimental' to make it from arugula. I would never have thought to make it from zuchinni. Sounds delicious and beautiful photos too!

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Lora 27/2/11 13:13

Pesto and I are besties. Never heard of zucchini pesto before. What a great idea. Love the roasted flavor.

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Rumana Rawat 27/2/11 14:22

Wow!!! That looks incredible:)

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Joanne 27/2/11 14:31

Oh wow! How beautiful! I bet this would make a great pasta sauce!

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Belinda @zomppa 27/2/11 14:41

This is definitely different - probably nice and light. I like how the color came out, too.

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Nisrine, Dinners & Dreams 27/2/11 15:00

Zucchini pesto...this is a yummy, unexpected and unoque idea. Great appetizer.

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Faith 27/2/11 15:00

What a great new take on pesto! And a fantastic way to use zucchini...I'm bookmarking this!

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Pete 27/2/11 15:06

Goes down well with the crackers that I have in stock!LOL!

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Beth 27/2/11 15:10

It's always great to find a new recipe that uses zucchini. This one looks wonderful!

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Kate @ Diethood.com 27/2/11 15:11

I'm always sort of iffy when it comes to pesto. I have never had one that included zucchini though, and zucchini is my favorite veggie, so this could probably change my mind about pesto.
Love your photos...I could eat 'em up!

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Jeannie 27/2/11 15:14

Looks delicious...bet those crackers tasted awesome with the pesto!

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Joy 27/2/11 15:31

Angie, this is wonderful! Last summer I had the most beautiful small, floret zucchinis (the name escapes me right now) that would be perfect for your pesto because of their delicate flavour.

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Michael Toa 27/2/11 15:43

oohh.. this sounds interesting. zucchini pesto sounds delish.
I love the presentation too.

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Fimère 27/2/11 16:04

avec de la courgette c'est une excellente idée
bonne journée

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Velva 27/2/11 16:05

This looks so good! I thought when I was making a mint pesto I was being creative-Ha! This zucchini pesto is amazing. In the summer, the zucchini is the gift that keeps on giving. This would be a great idea.

Velva

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lena 27/2/11 16:07

this sounds an interesting pesto..i think i got so much to learn from you !

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Quay Po Cooks 27/2/11 16:23

I like this recipe. Sounds food and looks delicious. Nice click.

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Mary 27/2/11 16:36

This really looks outstanding. It sounds delicious and seems very easy to do. That is a combination I really like. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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Barbara 27/2/11 17:05

Roasting vegetables really boosts the flavor, doesn't it? Love the idea of zucchini pesto, Angie. Can't wait to try it. Very unusual.

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Pacheco Patty 27/2/11 17:09

Absolutely beautiful, I love the vivid green color of your pesto;-)

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Sharmilee! :) 27/2/11 17:42

Delicious looking spread...pretty click

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Megan 27/2/11 17:43

What a great way to use zucchini. I bet it's perfect with pasta!

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Priya 27/2/11 18:50

Woww thats a wonderful and lovely pesto, am sure it will be definitely super prefect with pastas too..

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Sharon @ Fun and Life 27/2/11 19:04

Oh what a great idea! DELICIOUS! Such beautiful photos too! Very professional ;)

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Heavenly Housewife 27/2/11 19:21

I do love pesto, and this one sounds great. I'll bet there are so many great ways to use this!
*kisses* HH

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Torviewtoronto 27/2/11 19:33

beautiful looking pesto colourful

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Yummy Team 27/2/11 19:57

Beautiful clicks! Loved the recipe..

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Katrina 27/2/11 20:05

Stunning! I sent some buzz your way. Oh I wish I were tasting this right now!! ♥- Katrina

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Jennifurla 27/2/11 22:11

Love it, I have also been making some more experimental pesto. THis looks wonderful

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Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 27/2/11 22:51

Looks delicious! What a great way to use zucchini! Terrific recipe, Angie, I have to try this!

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aipi 28/2/11 01:59

that is soooo creative, i bet on the delicious taste too!


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Branny 28/2/11 02:20

Brilliant! I hope I remember this recipe when zucchini season comes around.

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Maria 28/2/11 03:20

I love this recipe, all alternative pesto recipes are welcome and this sounds truly delicious!

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noobcook 28/2/11 03:26

I love the various veg that can be used to make pesto other than the traditional basil. Yours look very fresh and tasty!

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Heguiberto 28/2/11 03:26

I would really enjoy this since I love pesto. I like that you roast the zucchini and add lemon juice to the dish. It would be quite tasty with pasta.

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5 Star Foodie 28/2/11 04:27

I love the idea of roasted zucchini pesto, very creative!

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Sommer@ASP 28/2/11 04:43

Oh Angie! This is such a fantastic idea. A brilliant to get kids to eat their veggies!

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Taste of Beirut 28/2/11 05:30

Fantastic! I love pesto and I have never tried this version!

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Ivy 28/2/11 05:34

Very interesting Angie. Never thought of roasting the zucchinis.

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veggietestkitchen 28/2/11 07:01

oh yum, this looks fantastic, and what an original idea. I've never really seen zucchini pesto before. i'm excited to follow your site in the future. cheers.

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Min {Honest Vanilla} 28/2/11 07:03

Wonderful and wow! Amazing to add zucchini, definitely wouldn't have thought of that ;) Love the setting too, cute to place the it in the glass

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MaryMoh 28/2/11 09:39

I sure need this after all the all the wrong food lately. It's so healthy!

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Lauren 28/2/11 12:31

Very creative. Like a commenter above, I could put pesto on anything. Use it with eggs, as a salad dressing, with other veggies- so many possibilities. I make an arugula pesto but love this twist.

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Jo 28/2/11 13:20

This looks really delicious and I would not have thought of zucchini as a pesto. I am sure it tasty yummy too!

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Food For Tots 28/2/11 13:55

This is such a great and interesting combo for pesto and zucchini! Your photos look awesome!!

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Jenn 28/2/11 14:20

I do love pesto... and I'm always interesting in trying new types of it. This sounds very interesting. Looks amazing!!!

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Cheah 28/2/11 15:07

Fabulous recipe, healthy, and great clicks, as always, Angie!

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Anna's Table 28/2/11 15:24

Angie, your zucchini pesto sounds delicious, and such an easy appetizer to put together.

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Medifast Coupons 28/2/11 15:42

What a wonderful sounding pesto, very nice. Zucchini's currently aren't in season and pretty pricey, but come the season I can't wait to try. Thanks so much.

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Cake Duchess 28/2/11 15:47

Love this pesto Angie! I never made a zucchini pesto. I have some zucchini and think I will try this today. :)Happy Monday!

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Biren @ Roti n Rice 28/2/11 16:16

This roasted zucchini pesto sounds so delicious and healthy! Will be great on a slice of crusty bread.

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Authenticoriyafood 28/2/11 16:42

Delicious looking pesto!!! m sure it tastes awesome!!

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Mexico in my kitchen 28/2/11 18:22

That pesto looks really fresh. Like screaming Spring come soon! :)

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ravienomnoms 28/2/11 18:33

That looks delicious! I am a big fan of pesto but to throw the zucchini in there too? Delightful!

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tigerfish 28/2/11 20:49

Wow, the zucchini pesto looks really good! Another good idea for zucchini too.

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briarrose 28/2/11 20:57

What a great idea to use zucchini. I would have never thought of it for pesto. Nom!

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Chow and Chatter 28/2/11 21:01

lovely recipe looks oh so good and very creative

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Carolyn 28/2/11 21:13

I love zucchini as it is, but this is such a great twist on pesto, I am intrigued! Saving to make soon!

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Raina 1/3/11 00:01

Looks delicious! I love zucchini and would love it the way you have prepared it as a pesto....very creative:)

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Terrianne, Call me Ree 1/3/11 00:26

Ahhhhhhh! Zucchini anything is a big winner in my book. I'm definitely going to make this.

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Joy 1/3/11 02:26

Ohh this is great. I am loving the twist with the zucchini.

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Ellie (Almost Bourdain) 1/3/11 02:42

This looks delicious and interesting.

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Susi 1/3/11 02:44

I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy zucchini and this is by far one of the more creative recipes I've seen. It sounds wonderful!

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Juliana 1/3/11 05:08

Wow, what a great idea of using roasted zucchini...the color is just so pretty and must taste SO SO good. Have a great week ahead Angie!

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Nithu 1/3/11 05:55

Wonderful pictures. Looks so inviting.

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She's Cookin' 1/3/11 07:26

Now why didn't I think of this when we had bushels of zucchini all these past summers? A delicious twist on pesto and beautiful presentation, Angie!

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Dimah 1/3/11 12:59

oh what a great idea! looks yummy and amazing!

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Rosemary 1/3/11 13:44

What an intriguing idea! I wish someone would have told our others about roasting vegetables . . . what a difference it makes. And making pesto from roasted zukes is inspired. Can't wait to try.

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lisaiscooking 1/3/11 16:38

I love using greens in pesto, but I've never tried zucchini. Sounds fantastic!

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~ Chef Louise 1/3/11 17:07

wow, add some cream and that's a sauce!
Chef Louise

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sweetlife 1/3/11 18:50

I love this idea!! a perfect use for leftover roasted veggies, thanks for sharing!!

sweetlife

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whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 2/3/11 05:02

You've done it again, I've had pesto with a lot of things, but never zucchini! They would be great too, because they are widely available here. I bet roasting them first gave them more flavor. You never fail to make me hungry.
-Gina-

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delphcotecuisine 2/3/11 14:22

what a fabulous and delicious idea, I'll try this recipe next summer
thanks for sharing
Delphine

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Miss Meat and Potatoes 2/3/11 19:09

Well if this isn't the most perfect spring recipe I've come across yet. Utterly genius to roast the zuchinni - I bet I could eat this on almost anything - if not all by itself! Thanks for sharing!

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Magic of Spice 2/3/11 23:44

Absolutely Fantastic! I have to try this, I adore anything pesto and this sounds delicious :)

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Fresh Local and Best 3/3/11 04:45

I've never tried zucchini pesto. This looks really good!

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denise @ bread expectations 3/3/11 11:14

Wow! You're brilliant! Never, ever would have made zucchini pesto!

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FOODESSA 3/3/11 21:36

I've made the raw variety before with unsatisfactory results...a little too watery.
I think I shall try the roasted kind...especially since it makes a whole lot of sense to me now. Thanks for the enlightenment Angie ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

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Stella 3/3/11 22:27

Angie, this looks so awesome! I've never heard of zucchini pesto, but I know roasted zucchini is so wonderful. I can imagine that this is so full of both flavor and health. Wonderful:-)

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scrambledhenfruit 5/3/11 00:30

I do love pesto, and I've never had a zucchini version. Since zucchini is so prolific once it starts to bear,I'm always looking for new ways to use it. It won't be too much longer!

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Malli 10/3/11 21:54

An innovative Pesto that sounds so wonderful. I love the use of zucchini and its nutritive properties--this is an awesome recipe!!Kudos:)

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Ellie 15/3/11 16:38

This looks fantastic, actually everything on your blog looks fantastic!!! I will definitely be back :) Thanks

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GunghoGourmet 21/3/11 19:31

Hi Angie - New to your site - found you on Twitter - you have many great recipes! I will definitely be trying many of them, such as this one...I love different spins on pesto - we seem to have similar tastes! Will be following you...Have a wonderful day!

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livininthekitchen 28/3/11 02:48

This is awesome! I made the discovery just today that this is probably the stuff they put in the pasta I always buy at school. I always thought the stuff looked a little sketchy in a container, but on here and homemade it look delicious!

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