There’s been a growing trend towards eating a more carb-conscious or low carb diet and a number of stores and restaurants have climbed onto the band wagon offering everything from low carb pizza bases to mashes to pastas. Zucchini noodles or zoodles as some call them are an easy way to produce a low carb pasta which can be topped off with almost any sauce which works well with traditional pasta, think tomato and basil, bolognaise or gorgonzola. Its quick and easy to do with a manual or automatic spiraliser.

What You Will Need

Makes 3-4 Servings, Preparation Time 15 minutes, Cooking Time 2-3 Minutes

  • 6-8 Medium to Large Zucchini
  • Manual or Automatic Spiraliser (Kitchen Aid Make an Attachment)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • Pot of Boiling Water

Making the Zucchini Noodles/Zoodles

Place a bowl underneath your spiraliser attachment or device, insert a zucchini and let the machine do the rest, unless of course you have a manual one, then it will require some cranking.

You can spiralise the entire zucchini, skin and all. The skin adds some crunch and texture to the final pasta, if you don’t enjoy this then peel the zucchini first.

Take the zucchini spirals out of the bowl and lay them out on a piece of paper towel to dry. These veggies hold quite a lot of water which you want to try and dry off otherwise you’ll land up with soggy pasta. Lightly sprinkle the laid out zucchini spirals with salt.

Now its time to cook your zucchini and its important that you don’t overcook them. There are three methods you can use for this. The method I have used here is to blanch them quickly (1 or 2 mins) in a pot of boiling water, then drain them off and serve. You could also steam them in a covered bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes or lightly pan fry them for about 3 minutes until they are soft.

Once they have been drained, you can serve them up with your favorite sauce.

If you enjoyed making these noodles then try making your own gnocchi, you’ll love them!

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Cover Image: ZucNoodles by Kristin. Share image: ZucNoodles by Wellness Wildflower. All images are used and modified under CC BY 2.0.