Shrimp & Zucchini Noodles with Pesto 🌿

This recipe comes together pretty quick and packs a ton of flavor sure to impress your guests’ tastebuds! You can use pre-spiralized zucchini noodles or spiralize them yourself. If you want to make a special date night meal, spring for a homemade pasta but go thin like angel hair, linguini or spaghetti. As always, I hope you give this one a try and let me know how you like it!

Recipe for 2 servings – approx. 30 mins start to finish


  • 14-16 Jumbo Shrimp – Peeled & Deveined 
  • 4 Cups Zucchini Noodles
  • 3 Cups Fresh Basil Leaves + More for Topping
  • 1/2 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Roughly Chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes


  1. Add basil, pine nuts, parmesan, juice of 1/2 lemon, chopped garlic & salt to food processor and turn on high. Gradually drizzle in olive oil until desired consistency. Scrape down sides as needed. 
  2. Heat large nonstick pan over medium heat, add 1 tbs of olive oil then add shrimp. Season with salt. Flip shrimp and squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lemon. Once shrimp are cooked through, remove from pan.
  3. Add zucchini noodles to pan, cook for about 1 minute then stir in pesto and red pepper flakes to taste. Continue tossing zucchini with pesto until combined and zucchini is cooked through (about 5 minutes). Add shrimp back to pan, toss to combine. 
  4. Transfer to serving dish and top with fresh chopped basil, a squeeze of lemon juice and/or zest and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


Welcome to Cory Cooks – I am so glad you are here! What began as a necessity – as it does for everyone – has become my outlet from the daily grind. Here I plan to share my ever evolving cooking journey and exploration of new ingredients and techniques. I truly hope I can inspire you to experiment with some of the content you find here. After all – we must eat – why not make the best of it whether it’s just for you (#selfcare) or if you’re sharing with those you love.

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— George Bernard Shaw

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