Alternative title options for this post include “Clean out your refrigerator Friday night dinner”, “Bacon makes everything better” and “I watched too many episodes of Chopped”.
Here’s the story. It was a Friday night and my boyfriend was heading over to his friend’s house and I was staying in for the night. I told him he could take my car and I’d be fine walking the 4 blocks (city blocks mind you) to Chipotle or finding something to eat at home.
Yeah, that walk to Chipotle wasn’t going to happen and there are honestly only a few places I can order food from that will deliver something gluten-free without me asking 100 questions to make sure said food is actually gluten-free.
After binge watching a few episodes of Chopped I convinced myself that if they can make a dessert out of squid, gummy bears and graham crackers or whatever it was they pulled out of their baskets, then I could make a dinner out of pantry staples and my garden.
It really wasn’t hard once I realized I had a whole ton of basil, lemon balm, fresh tomatoes, zucchini, and of course, bacon. Because my fridge wouldn’t be complete without some bacon.
Bacon and zoodles to the rescue! I was expecting to just scrape by with some dinner but after one bite I realized I had created something pretty darn delicious.
A picture and a snap later and I had my boyfriend jealous of my meal for sure. Fast forward to a few hours later. Michael said he planned on grabbing some Subway for dinner and instead I get a call asking how long it would take me to whip up some of that bacon and pesto zoodle dinner for him.
Luckily, all I had to do was throw some more bacon into a pan and I was good to go! He declared that it was the best clearing out the fridge meal EVER. So while I may have gotten the easiest Chopped basket ever, I think even Alex Guarnaschelli would be impressed. Maybe (she is a tough judge after all).
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To make this zoodle recipe even easier, you can learn how to cook your bacon in the oven! It’s easier and less mess than making it in a skillet. Especially if you want to make a big batch to save for various recipes throughout the week!
Looking for more gluten-free zucchini recipes? Try these!
- These Italian Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini Boats are an easy low-carb dinner!
- Are you following a Whole30 diet? Try this recipe for Zoodles with Turkey Meatballs in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce!
- Did you know you can bake your chicken kabobs? You can! These Baked Honey Lime Chicken Kabobs are paired with zucchini, pineapple, and peppers!
Pecan Pesto Zoodles with Bacon and Roasted Tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1 cup fresh lemon balm (you can also replace this with more basil)
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 cup oil (olive oil, avocado oil, etc.)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp oil
- 4-6 pieces of bacon (depending on how much you like bacon really)
- 4 large zucchini
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place whole cherry tomatoes on a sheet pan covered with foil. Drizzle 1 tbsp of oil over the tomatoes and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 10-15 minutes, until tomatoes blister and start to burst. Set aside.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet until it is crispy. Let sit on a plate lined with paper towel to soak up the fat and crumble or cut into 1/2 inch pieces depending on your liking.
- To make the pesto, add basil, lemon balm, pecans and garlic to a food processor. Stream in oil and season with salt.
- Use a vegetable spiralizer to cut the zucchini into noodles. You can leave the zucchini noodles raw, or you can also cook them. To cook, just place them in a large skillet over medium heat with a little bit of oil and cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly soft.
- To assemble, toss zucchini noodles in pesto. Sprinkle with bacon and roasted tomatoes. Serve.
- Place the tomatoes on a sheet pan, drizzle over the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until the tomatoes collapse, about 10 minutes.