Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pesto and Bacon


There's no pasta in this dish, just fresh zucchini noodles tossed in a delicious bacon and pesto sauce.

Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pesto and Bacon
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings


  • 8 slices turkey bacon

  • ½ cup basil pesto (such as Classico® Traditional)

  • 3 large zucchini, ends trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1 cup fresh arugula

  • 1 pinch sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Lay bacon slices on a large baking tray.

  2. Broil in the preheated oven until crispy, 9 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a large plate lined with absorbent kitchen paper and allow to cool and harden.

  3. Crumble the cooled bacon into smaller pieces and combine with pesto sauce.

  4. Use a spiralizer or julienne peeler to cut zucchini into noodles, snipping midway to prevent them from getting too long.

  5. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add zucchini and garlic and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add pesto-bacon mixture and heat for 2 minutes longer. Toss well so the noodles are evenly coated. Taste and season with salt if needed.

  6. Top with freshly grated Parmiggiano-Reggiano cheese so it can melt while the dish is still warm. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Top with arugula, but do not mix it in. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

If you use pork bacon, drain off fat into a small container. Use 1 tablespoon fat to cook the noodles instead of olive oil.

You can buy premade zucchini noodles at your grocery store.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

568 Calories
45g Fat
22g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 568
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 1207mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 89mg 447%
Calcium 605mg 47%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 1583mg 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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