Pesto sauce is a delicious Italian sauce enjoyed most often with noodles. This Pumpkin Seed Pesto is easy and full of pesto sauce nutrition. You can enjoy the benefits of the pesto sauce nutrition because it calls for pumpkin seeds rather than other more commonly used ingredients that may not be as healthy. We chose to use pesto with basil for this fresh pesto recipe because we believe it is the very best! A fresh pesto recipe simply calls for fresh ingredients like fresh pumpkin seeds, basil, garlic, and more.
Using a spiralizer turn zucchini into noodles, or zoodles, and set to the side. Use regular or gluten-free pasta if desired.
In a Vitamix machine or food processor place basil, Nature's Eats Pumpkin Seeds, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, 4 tablespoons olive oil, lemon, and water. Process by pulsing until you create a coarse-textured paste. Start with 4 tablespoons olive oil and add more as needed.
Mix the pesto paste and zoodles together until completely covered. Add additional Nature's Eats Pumpkin Seeds if desired. You can also make this dish by roasting the Nature's Eats Pumpkin Seeds beforehand for a different type of flavor.
This Pumpkin Seed Pesto has a very similar taste to a pesto sauce made with pine nuts. It is slightly less creamy and pairs well with the zoodles. This sauce is also delicious with steamed vegetables, rice, and many other dishes as a way to add flavor and depth.