Capellini with Grilled Zucchini and Arugula Pesto

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 large zucchini sliced into 1 inch rounds
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 1/3 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese divided
  • 1 1/2 cups arugula
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound Capellini pasta cooked al dente according to package directions OR angel hair pasta


  • On an indoor or outdoor grill, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat and grill zucchini 3 to 4 minutes per side until golden.
  • In a blender or food processor, add garlic, almonds, 1/4 cup cheese, arugula, lemon juice and sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, pulse until well chopped.
  • Drain hot pasta and toss with arugula mixture. Top with grilled zucchini and remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.


SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve with steamed asparagus.
GLUTEN FREE: Make sure that the cheese is gluten free and use gluten free pasta in place of the regular.
NUTRITION: 497 Calories; 20g Fat (36.2% calories from fat); 20g Protein; 61g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 16mg Cholesterol; 128mg Sodium. Exchanges: 4 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; ½ Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 3 Fat.
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