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Avocado Pesto Zoodles with Mushrooms

Those of you who follow me on my Instagram page know that I actually photographed this recipe a long time ago, but promptly lost the sheet of paper that had all my notes.  ARGH!  I can't think of anything more annoying.   I ended up posting this recipe like, "Hey sorry I lost this one."  Luckily my husband ended up finding it in a pile of papers I had chosen to recycle.  😂

Anyway, this zoodle recipe is herby and creamy thanks to the basil and avocado sauce.  The mushrooms are a delicious and smokey topping.  Personally, I don't think that zoodles save super well - so make this on a night when you have a little extra time and want to tuck into a bowl of pasta.

Yield: 3

Vegan Keto Avocado Pesto Zoodles with Mushrooms

prep time: 2 H & 15 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 2 H & 35 M


Pasta and Sauce
  • 2 pounds zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 3/5 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


How to cook Vegan Keto Avocado Pesto Zoodles with Mushrooms

  1. Add all of the mushroom ingredients to a plastic bag, then allow to marinate for a few hours.
  2. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat then pan sear the mushrooms.  Don't place them all in the pan if they don't fit.  Keep them spaced apart so they sear and don't steam.  You want a golden brown color on both sides. Set aside when finished.
  3. In a blender whip up the avocado, garlic powder, avocado oil, lemon juice, basil, water, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper.  Add more water if necessary to thin out the sauce enough to blend, but don't overdo it because the zoodles will have some water as well.
  4. Add the zucchini noodles to the pan and cook down until somewhat softened.  Add the avocado sauce to the pan and heat through.  Check the seasoning and adjust if needed.
  5. Plate by adding all of the zoodles and sauce to a bowl.  Top with mushrooms and basil leaves for garnish.
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I based this recipe off of Vegan Richa's Avocado Pasta with Smoky Pecans.