How to Cook Zucchini Noodles

How to Cook Zucchini Noodles

 Kristina Vanni

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 bowl

Zucchini noodles—also known as "zoodles"—are a wholesome, healthy, and gluten-free alternative to pasta. They can be quickly cooked and tossed with your favorite pasta sauce, used in a casserole, or even added to a bowl of soup. Zucchini noodles are great to make during the summer months when you crave lighter, healthier meals and there is an abundance of zucchini in grocery stores, at farmers markets, and even in your own backyard garden.

Zucchini noodles are typically prepared by using a spiralizer tool. These range from stand alone appliances, handheld tools or even stand mixer attachments. However, this recipe also includes an option for making ribbons using a standard vegetable peeler as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole fresh zucchini
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite sauce, such as pesto or marinara

Steps to Make It

Using a Spiralizer

Gather the ingredients.

How to Cook Zucchini Noodles
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  1. Select your tools. For spiral shaped zucchini noodles, use a spiralizer tool. Handheld, stand alone manual appliance, or attachment for a stand mixer. If you plan to cook the noodles, use a thicker blade. This results in larger zucchini noodles. When cooked, larger zucchini noodles maintain their shape better and have more of an al dente texture.

    How to Cook Zucchini Noodles
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  2. Wash and dry the zucchini. Budget approximately one medium sized zucchini per serving of zucchini noodles.

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  3. If you plan to make spiralized zucchini noodles, trim the top of the zucchini.

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  4. Secure the zucchini onto your spiralizer appliance. This spiralizer uses a long metal skewer pushed through the center of the zucchini on one end. The other end is held in place with a plate covered in sharp spikes.

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  5. Turn the crank handle to push the zucchini through the spiralizer blades. Place a bowl on the other end to catch the zucchini noodles as they come out through the spiralizer.

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  6. Continue to rotate the crank until you hit the end of the zucchini.

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  7. In a large saucepan, gently heat your favorite pasta sauce. Prepared pesto sauce with a touch of cream, or a fresh marinara sauce, both work well with zucchini noodles.

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  8. Add the spiralized zucchini noodles to the pan with the warm sauce. Carefully toss the noodles with the sauce and cook for about 2 minutes, or until just softened. Do not overcook or the zucchini noodles will become soggy and lose their shape.

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  9. If desired, additional fresh vegetables or fresh herbs can be added to the zucchini noodles. Once the noodles are cooked al dente, remove from the heat to prevent overcooking.

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Using a Vegetable Peeler

  1. If you do not have a spiralizer, zucchini noodles can also be made using a vegetable peeler. Using this method the zucchini will be cut into long, very thin ribbon-like noodles.

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  2. Noodles made with a vegetable peeler tend to be quite thin and are best suited for raw preparations. For a fresh zucchini noodle salad, simply toss the zucchini ribbons with a light dressing of olive oil and vinegar. Season with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Additional fresh vegetables or herbs can be added as well.

    How to Cook Zucchini Noodles
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