Zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) are the best pasta substitute! Spiraled zucchini turns this chunky zucchini into long, thread-like, noodle-like strands. You'll enjoy high-fiber, low-carb recipes using zucchini noodles because they're fat-free and low in calories.
Zucchini noodles are easy to make and a great way to preserve a large zucchini crop. They make delicious low-carb keto side dishes for your favorite meal. Use zucchini noodles as raw zucchini for a low carb appetizer! These gluten-free pastas are a great alternative to traditional wheat-stuffed pasta.
What's in Zucchini Pasta?
Here is a list of recipe ingredients for an amazing bowl of zucchini noodles:
l Zucchini – a type of zucchini that can be eaten raw, as in salads, or sautéed, roasted, or grilled.
l Olive Oil – Extra virgin olive oil is the perfect healthy choice for grilled zucchini pasta, especially if you are using a nonstick skillet. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats that help it withstand heat and make it more stable, which means it won't be damaged by high temperatures.
l Salt and pepper – The ratio of salt and pepper is usually a matter of taste. Salt helps enhance the flavors of other ingredients and bring out their flavor. Pepper adds flavor to food and is often used in conjunction with salt.
l Garlic – Garlic is a common spice in cooking today, and garlic powder is also used in food. The garlic blends beautifully with the other ingredients in the zucchini noodles, adding a unique flavor and aroma to the dish.
l Parmesan – It’s critical to use the right type of cheese when cooking. Unlike other cheeses, Parmesan cheese tastes best when grated. For any dish that will be baked, such as lasagna, macaroni, cheese or pasta, always use grated Parmesan.
l 2 medium zucchini
l 1 tsp. olive oil
l 1/4 tsp. salt (in moderation)
l 1/4 tsp. black pepper powder
l 1 tablespoon. chopped fresh garlic
l 2 tablespoons. parmesan cheese
How to Cook Zucchini Pasta
1. Zucchini noodles in the oven
2. Fried zoodles
Cook Zucchini Noodles in a Pan
1. Use a countertop spiralizer or julienne peeler to make zucchini noodles.
2. Spread zucchini noodles on paper towels and sprinkle with salt to remove moisture. Let them sit for 15 minutes.
3. Place zucchini noodles in a colander lined with paper towels to squeeze out excess water. You can also use your hands or two forks if you don't have paper towels.
4. Fry garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the zucchini noodles and cook for a minute.
5. Add the salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese and stir again. Add basil leaves. Zucchini noodles are ready to serve.
Note: If you don't have parmesan cheese, you can add feta cheese to the zucchini pasta.
How do you cut zucchini with a spiralizer?
1. You need an empty seat at the counter. A cutting board and knife would be helpful.
2. Wash the zucchini.
3. Using a sharp knife, trim the ends of the zucchini into 3-inch pieces.
4. Take a piece of zucchini and place it on the auger. Turn the handle and watch the noodles appear.
5. After the noodles have grown to your liking, take them out and put them in a bowl of cold water.
How to store leftover zucchini noodles?
Zucchini noodles are delicious, but don't keep for too long. Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Use within a week for best texture and flavor.
Can you freeze zucchini noodles?
Zoodles are great in many dishes. I always have a whole bunch of zoos in my fridge. But I don't think they will last long. The moisture in the zucchini noodles makes the zoodles mushy very quickly. Because of the way zoodles are made, they don't freeze well. After thawing, they became too watery. It's best to use them early, or less at a time.
Can zoodles be made ahead of time?
It is not recommended to cook zucchini noodles ahead of time as raw noodles will give off moisture. Your sauce will be thin. If you plan to make the pasta ahead of time, don't mix it with the sauce until you're ready.
What to Serve with Zucchini Noodles?
Zucchini noodles can be paired with almost any protein, including: steak, chicken, pork, seafood, and tofu. Some of the most delicious zucchini pasta recipes include:
l Zucchini Pasta with Grilled Chicken and Vegetables
l Zucchini Pasta with Grilled Chicken Breast
l Zucchini Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables
l Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp and Roasted Garlic
l Zucchini Pasta with Grilled Pork Chops
l Zucchini Pasta with Tuna and Chili
Is it possible to prevent the zucchini noodles from getting soggy?
Be careful not to overcook. Slightly cooked is better than overcooked. Also, if you boil the noodles in water, in the same bowl, the noodles will always be mushy. All you really need to do is cook the noodles in plenty of water and drain. Put the cooked noodles in a bowl and drizzle a little oil. This way the noodles don't stick together.