Carb-Free Basil Pesto Pasta

Investing in a spiral cutter was one of the best things I’ve done. It was around R300, and sure, if you’ve got the time to cut your zucchini with a cheese slicer, you don’t need it, but if you love pasta like I do it’s a worthy investment.

I managed to find some delicious Reboot-friendly basil pesto from the Earth Food Market (ingredients: basil, garlic, olive oil and cashew nuts) but if you are getting yours from the grocery store, keep an eye out for canola oil or cheese if you’re avoiding dairy.


2 peppers (R17)

1 punnet of mushrooms (R17)

1 handful pitted calamata olives (R13)

2 chicken breasts (R15)

1 pack of bacon (R23)

1 pack of zucchini (R17)

1/2 tub of basil pesto (R10)

Salt, pepper and garlic flakes to taste

Olive oil for cooking

Total Estimated Price: R112

Portions: 2-3 portions


1. Preheat your oven to 200.

2. Place your bacon on a baking tray lined with silicon or wax paper. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until crisp, turning half way.

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3. Chop your peppers and olives into small chunks. Fry in a pan with some olive oil on a high heat for about 4 minutes.

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4. Loosely dice your mushrooms and fry in a pot with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic flakes on a high heat for about 7 minutes. The reason I used a pot is because I kept a bit of the excess juices and used the pot to mix my pasta together to get all the flavour.

Carb-Free Basil Pesto Pasta

5. When your bacon is done, remove from the oil and chop into pieces. Drain the oil from the bacon fat into a pan and use it to cook your chicken. (Step 6.)

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6. Chop your chicken into pieces and fry in a pan with the bacon fat, salt and pepper on a high heat for about 10 minutes or until the chicken pieces have browned slightly on the outside and are cooked through.

Carb-Free Basil Pesto Pasta

6. Use a spiral cutter or a cheese slicer to cut your zucchini into pasta-consistency.

Carb-Free Basil Pesto Pasta

7. Fry in a pan with some olive oil.

Carb-Free Basil Pesto Pasta

8. Mix all of your ingredients together in a large pot. Add your basil pesto and mix through on a low heat to warm everything up.

Carb-Free Basil Pesto Pasta

9. Serve.

Carb-Free Basil Pesto Pasta