Zucchini Pesto Pasta will go with almost any dinner, or as a vegetarian main dish!

Zucchini Walnut Pesto Pasta

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

A delicious pesto pasta side dish that can be served as a side dish or even the main meal!



  • 1 lb. dried pasta (any variety of tube shaped pasta or even spaghetti will work)
  • 2 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup walnuts toasted
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, add all the ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor.
  3. Blend until smooth and then slowly drizzle in the oil until combined.
  4. Reserve a cup of the pasta water before draining and set aside.
  5. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  6. Add the pesto and stir, pouring in a little pasta water at a time to thin the pesto out. You might not need it all so do this in stages.
  7. Add more parmesan cheese to the top before serving if desired.
  • Category: pasta
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pasta recipe, pesto pasta, zucchini pesto, side dish recipes, parmesan cheese, walnuts