pesto and spiralized zucchini egg nests

Herby Pesto Zucchini Noodle & Egg Nests

A quick and easy gluten free breakfast made with zucchini noodles, eggs, and fresh pesto. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 424 kcal


Zucchini Noodle Nests & Eggs

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small to medium zucchini
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-4 tbsp pesto
  • salt and pepper to taste

Herby Pesto

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts *substitute unsalted walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic I prefer blanched garlic, but raw works too!
  • 3 tbsp grated parmegiano reggiano
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


Make the Pesto

  1. In a food processor or blender, add the basil, nuts, lemon juice, garlic, and cheese. Pulse until fully broken down. 

  2. Turn the food processor to low, and slowly pour in a steady stream of the olive oil until fully combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Zucchini Noodle Nests & Eggs

  1. Cut the stem off the zucchini and spiralize on the smallest setting. Roughly chop the pile a few times so the noodles aren't too long.

  2. Heat the olive in a large pan over medium heat. 

  3. Add the zucchini to the pan and lightly sautée just until softened, about 1 minute. 

  4. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, separate the zucchini into four round piles on the skillet. Make a small well in the middle of each one. Crack an egg into each well.

  5. Cover and cook untouched for about 3 minutes. When the whites are set and the yolks are still runny, they're ready, but if you prefer your yolks cooked more, break the yolks before you cover the pan.

  6. Season lightly with salt and pepper, drizzle with homemade herby pesto, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Herby Pesto Zucchini Noodle & Egg Nests
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 229mg10%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 1127IU23%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.