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Zucchini Noodles

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These zucchini noodles are so simple to make: just a little fresh zucchini and add your favorite pasta sauce . You can also saute them with oil and seasoning for a great keto or low-carb option.
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Table of Contents
  1. ZUCCHINI NOODLES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS ZUCCHINI NOODLES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6.  
  7. MORE DINNER IDEAS
  8. JUMP TO RECIPE

These easy, homemade zucchini noodles, sometimes called zoodles, are sure to become a fast favorite with your entire family. This underappreciated vegetable has a mild flavor and tender flesh that will become an often requested gem with this recipe. So grab your spiralizer and jump on the zucchini noodle bandwagon!

Need some more yummy dinner ideas? You’ll love baked ziti, pizza muffins or meatloaf. Want to stick with low carb? Try this cauliflower fried rice or these keto-friendly recipe ideas. Do you have an abundance of zucchini this time of year? We have a zucchini recipe or two for you including our zucchini boats and zucchini bread.

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ZUCCHINI NOODLES INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 4 medium to large zucchini
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • Your favorite pasta sauce recipe
  • Optional garnishes of grated parmesan or shredded parmesan, fresh basil

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Zucchini: This recipe would work for both green and yellow zucchini.

Vegetables: You can spiralize so many different vegetables. Sweet potatoes, squash, anything you can get your hands on, really, would make yummy vegetable noodles.

Toppings: Zucchini noodles are incredibly versatile and can be served in so many different ways. One of the more popular options is topped with one of your favorite sauces, imitating a spaghetti dish. You can also mix your zoodles with a little olive oil and garlic and top with a bit of parmesan cheese for a simpler “pasta” dish.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS ZUCCHINI NOODLES RECIPE

PRO TIP: You can make zucchini noodles in lots of different ways. I love this Ultimate Spiralizer because there are several attachments and it’s so easy to make several styles of noodles. This handheld spiralizer is another great option, or you can check out this electric spiralizer. This Ninja Processor has a spiralizing option as well. 

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STEP ONE: Gently wash and dry your zucchini in cold water.

STEP TWO: Cut off each end of the zucchini with a sharp knife (or per your instructions for your spiralizer) and spiralize the zucchini.

PRO TIP: Your food processor may also have a spiral slicer attachment.

STEP THREE: Spread the spirals on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with salt. The salt aids in the moisture removal from the zucchini so you don’t have soggy noodles. Let the noodles sit for 10-15 minutes. Then gently give them a quick pat with a paper towel to remove the moisture and maintain the noodle shape.

STEP FOUR: At this point, you can eat the zucchini noodles raw with warm pasta sauce if desired. If you would like to cook them, follow our suggestions below.

HOW TO COOK ZUCCHINI NOODLES

Cooking zucchini noodles is easy! There are lots of zucchini noodle recipes and methods that you can try including steamed or roasted. You can quickly cook them in a pot of boiling water as well. You could also try cooking them in an air fryer. 

You can saute the noodles in a large skillet for 2-3 minutes, don’t overcook or they will become a soggy mess. You can use 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan if you want but they have so much moisture in them they really don’t need it. Season the noodles with a bit of salt and black pepper as desired. Top cooked noodles with pasta sauce, shredded parmesan, and fresh basil.

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HOW TO SERVE

We love to top zucchini noodles with homemade marinara sauce, but there are many other options as well. You can toss them with pesto, a bit of olive oil, or serve with chicken or with shrimp.

You could make a lemon and garlic butter sauce to toss the noodles in. Top with Parmesan for a perfect flavor. You could also saute the zucchini noodles with some butter or oil, minced garlic, and extra veggies to create a yummy stir fry. 

I think you’ll find them to be delicious no matter how you serve them. Pair with a simple caesar salad and you’ll have a tasty meal to enjoy in no time. 

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store your zucchini pasta in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze zoodles, however, be warned that the consistency and texture can really change once you thaw them out. If you have more zucchini noodles than you can eat, I would suggest popping them into a freezer-safe bag or container. When it’s time to use them, take them out and add them to a recipe while they’re still frozen. You could add them to a soup or stir fry, or even in a smoothie. 

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Zucchini noodles are such a delicious alternative to regular pasta. This recipe lets you make your own zucchini noodles for yummy zucchini pasta. Serve with sauce, olive oil or a bit of parmesan cheese. The possibilities are endless!

FAQ

Can I spiralize other vegetables?

You can make veggie noodles out of plenty of different vegetables. Try sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, turnip as great options.

Is a pasta dish the only way you can use zucchini noodles?

There are plenty of dishes that you can use zoodles in. Try a stir fry or mixed with ground meat and seasonings. Try them in soup, salad, on top of burgers or sandwiches.

Where can I buy a spiralizer?

Most stores that carry kitchen supplies will carry spiralizer tools. You can also find them online with a quick search.

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I hope you enjoy these zucchini noodles soon with your family! 

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Zucchini Noodles

5 from 2 votes
These zucchini noodles are so simple to make: just a little fresh zucchini and add your favorite pasta sauce . You can also saute them with oil and seasoning for a great keto or low-carb option.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium to large zucchini
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • Your favorite pasta sauce recipe
  • Optional garnishes of grated parmesan or shredded parmesan fresh basil

Instructions
 

  • Gently wash and dry your zucchini.
  • Cut off each end of the zucchini (or per your instructions for your spiralizer). I used my spiralizer attachment for my food processor. Spiralize the zucchini.
  • Spread the spirals on a sheet pan and sprinkle with salt. The salt aids in the moisture removal from the zucchini so you don’t have soggy noodles. Let the noodles sit for 10-15 minutes. Then gently blot with a paper towel to remove the moisture and maintain the noodle shape.
  • You can eat the zoodles raw with warm pasta sauce if desired.
  • You can also saute the noodles in a skillet for 2-3 minutes, don’t overcook or they will get soggy. You can use 1 Tablespoon of oil in the pan if you want but they have so much moisture in them they really don’t need it.
  • Season the noodles with salt and pepper as desired.
  • Top with pasta sauce, shredded parmesan, and fresh basil.

Notes

PRO TIP: Your food processor may also have a spiral slicer attachment.
 
TIP: You can make zucchini noodles in lots of different ways. I love this Ultimate Spiralizer because there are several attachments and it’s so easy to make several styles of noodles. This handheld spiralizer is another great option, or you can check out this electric spiralizer. This Ninja Processor has a spiralizing option as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal
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