Courgetti, avocado & basil pesto

  • Low Fat
  • Vegetarian


1 firm, just under-ripe avocado (155g flesh)
Finely grated zest and juice of ½ lemon
25g pack fresh basil
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
2 tsp toasted pine nuts, plus 10g extra for garnish
1 tbsp olive oil
185g pack courgette spaghetti 


1. Place the avocado flesh, almost all the lemon zest, the lemon juice, all but a few basil leaves – along with the thinner stalks – garlic, pine nuts and olive oil into a food processor. Season. Pulse to make a rough pesto.

2. Cook the courgette spaghetti according to the pack instructions, then drain off the water. Toss with a quarter of the pesto. Serve immediately with plenty of black pepper, the reserved lemon zest, basil leaves and extra pine nuts to garnish.

3. Cover the remaining pesto with clingfilm, pushing it directly against the surface – it will keep in the fridge for 2 days. Delicious in place of butter or mayo in sandwiches and as a dressing for salads.

Low in saturated fat
One of your five a day

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1 - 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 945kJ
Fat 20.4g
Saturated Fat 2.9g
Carbohydrate 5.1g
Sugars 3.9g
Protein 6.1g
Salt 0.1g
Fibre 3.8g

Click here for more information about health and nutrition

3 stars

Average user rating Based on 13 ratings

This recipe was first published in January 2017.