Easy Vegan Pesto-Parmesan Spaghetti with Zucchini

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Plant-based cooking doesn’t have to be as difficult as learning a second language. Case in point? Easy vegan pesto-parmesan spaghetti with zucchini from Happy Food by Bettina Campolucci Bordi. Combine a few real, easy-to-find ingredients and dinner’s done—in 30 minutes flat.

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Pupmkin Seed Pesto

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed

1 cup pumpkin seeds

One 1-ounce bunch of basil

1 garlic clove, peeled

½ tablespoon each kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nut Parmesan

½ cup unsalted hazelnuts, toasted

½ cup almond flour

1 tablespoon kosher salt


7 ounces gluten-free pasta

½ zucchini, cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler

Basil leaves, for serving

Arugula, for serving


1. Make the Pumpkin Seed Pesto: Add the olive oil, pumpkin seeds, basil and garlic to the bowl of a blender; season with salt and pepper. Pulse until the ingredients are combined. Store in an airtight container covered in a ½-inch layer of olive oil (which delays browning) for up to two weeks.

2. Make the Nut Parmesan: Add the hazelnuts to the bowl of a blender and pulse until you get a chunky consistency. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the almond flower and salt. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

3. Make the Pasta: Cook the pasta following the packet instructions. Drain, reserving a tiny bit of the cooking water, then return the pasta to the saucepan.

4. Add the zucchini and 4 tablespoons of the pumpkin seed pesto to the skillet and stir until the pasta is well coated. Serve the pasta topped with some of the nut Parmesan, basil and arugula.