Quick and Easy Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

September 13, 2021

Is pasta your life, but you have been trying to cut down the carbs? Want to binge on something equally delicious but healthier? Look no further than this easy zucchini noodles or zoodles recipe!

If you love pasta and noodles but can't enjoy them anymore without feeling guilty about eating unhealthy food, the solution is right here. Zoodles or zucchini noodles are your incredibly delicious way out of guilty eating. They are zucchinis cut in the shape of noodles or spaghetti, which can be savored with your preferred sauce or other favorite toppings.

This zoodle recipe is a hot favorite. It’s easy to make, so it’ll not bust your busy schedule, and it is quick and simple to understand. In addition, it’ll help you maintain your low-carb diet while enjoying the feel of your favorite meal. So, go ahead and follow the steps below to cook the best zoodles you will ever taste.

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Taste Score: %76
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 6 mins
Total 16 mins

Tips

  • To avoid soggy zoodles, put them between paper towels. Use two layers of paper towels if the batch is big. Press the towels to drain water.
  • Another tip to avoid watery and soggy zucchini noodles is to saute them in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Don’t overcook and cook with the lid off. Also, try to bake them instead to avoid the sogginess.
  • For better and crispier noodles, don't peel the zucchini skin off. Instead, leave it on to protect the moisture in the flesh, so that the noodles don't become a mush. This will also give your noodles a delicious green color.
  • Make sure to buy fresh and firm zucchini, and to make it easier to spiral them into noodles, buy large-sized zucchini.
  • If you can’t find zucchini, you can also use yellow squash or Mexican squash for this recipe instead.
  • For quick zoodles with a perfectly crisp texture, you can cook them in a microwave oven for a few minutes. But if you like your noodles super crispy, skip the cooking altogether and eat them raw.
  • Don't throw away the scraps you are left with when you peel the zucchini. Instead, blend them and use them to make hummus, lasagna filling, or zucchini soup.
  • If you are using a spiralizer to make the noodles, keep in mind that they might end up too long to eat comfortably. Use a pair of scissors to cut them in half.
  • To save time, prepare the noodle strands ahead of time. After spiraling, place the noodles in a container with a paper towel and store them in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  • If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler, julienne peeler, or even a chef’s knife.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. The first step is to cut the zucchini into noodles. To do this, wash the zucchini properly and chop off its ends.
  2. Put the zucchini in the spiralizer and cut it into noodles. Use an alternative if you don’t have a spiralizer.
  3. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a pan or skillet and heat it on a medium flame for a minute.
  4. While the oil is heating up, add a teaspoon of minced garlic to the pan and saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Then add in the zucchini noodles and sauté for 4-5 minutes but not any more than that.
  6. Taste test to check the noodles are just the way you want and season with salt, pepper, and any other sauce or cream of your preference.
  7. Finish off by garnishing the zoodles with parmesan cheese and parsley, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Zucchini Noodles
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories67
% Daily Value*
Protein 3 g6%
Total Fat 4 g5.1%
Cholesterol 1 mg0.3%
Sodium 48 mg2.1%
Potassium 428 mg9.1%
Potassium 428 mg9.1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What are Zucchini Noodles?

Zucchini noodles are just zucchini cut in the shape of noodles. These veggie noodles are gluten-free and paleo-friendly, making them perfect for those trying to eat a little better.

They are also super easy to make. This zoodle recipe shows you how to make a binge-worthy meal in about 10-15 minutes which is a healthy replacement for pasta, spaghetti, and noodles and can be made with other alternative vegetables as well.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles with a Spiralizer?

Zucchini noodles spiralizer is the main way to make zoodles. To spiralize, put the zucchini inside the spiralizer or use a handheld spiralizer. Cut off both ends of the zucchini before putting it in the spiralizer.

If using a handheld spiralizer to make noodles, use a twisting motion. In a countertop spiralizer, position the zucchini properly, select the cut type, and turn the crank. You’ll have raw zoodles in no time.

How to Cook Zucchini Noodles?

  • Raw: One of the healthiest ways to enjoy this zoodles recipe is to leave it raw. Spiralize the zoodles and serve them with Parmesan and parsley without cooking or baking them. You can also serve these raw zucchini noodles with chicken.
  • Boiling: Fill a pot up to ¾ with water and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring the water to a boil and add the zoodles in. Let them cook for about three minutes till the green color deepens. Drain the zoodles and serve with a salad dressing of your choice.
  • Sautéing: Sauté your zoodles in a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil or butter to the skillet before adding the spiralized zoodles, salt, and pepper. Saute for 5-10 minutes and keep turning the zoodles with tongs until the color becomes darker and zoodles are soft in texture. Follow this same process for cooking zoodles in a pan instead of a skillet.
  • Microwaving: After making zoodles, put them in an oven-safe container and microwave them for 5-6 minutes, or until they become the right texture. Garnish and serve.
  • Baking: To roast zoodles, preheat your oven to 350°F. Mix zoodles, olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread evenly on a sheet pan. Add to the oven and bake until cooked to the desired level. Serve with zucchini noodles sauce or pasta sauce.

What to Serve with Zucchini Noodles?

There are many ways to enjoy zucchini noodles. You can make zoodle recipes with salmon or serve some cooked juicy chicken with your zoodles. Even a simple sauce or marinara goes a long way in bringing out the best in this simple but elegant dish.

And if you’re really feeling like sprucing things up, you can add in some sour cream or melted cheese to take these veggie noodles to the next level.

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