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How to Make Zucchini Noodles

zucchini noodles

I’ve followed a strict grain-free diet since 2001. Still, I eat pasta every week. How’s that possible? Zucchini noodles, otherwise known as zoodles.

There’s nothing like spaghetti with meatballs, or Bolognese sauce. When you know how to make zucchini noodles, there’s no need to be deprived of such classic dishes! Trading processed food (high-carb pasta) for another serving of vegetables? Now that’s healthy and nutritious. It’s a great way to eat whether you’re grain-free or not. Zoodles rule.

In our house we make zucchini noodles two ways. The first way requires little effort. We cut the stem off the zucchini then use the handy dandy tool in the photo above to turn the zucchini into noodles. Nothing more. No prepping or cooking of any kind. The second way requires a little work. Again, I remove the tips from the zucchini and use the tool above to make the noodles. Next, I saute the zucchini noodles in a pan with olive oil and seasoning as described in the recipe below.

zucchini noodles

Wondering how to make zucchini noodles? I hope I’ve shown you that they’re not only healthy, but easier to make than regular pasta!

How to Make Zucchini Noodles


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan
  2. Add zucchini noodles and seasoning to pan
  3. Stir for 3-5 minutes until noodles are tender
  4. Serve

Makes 2-4 servings

Some people use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. I prefer the julienne slicer for a couple of reasons. First, it’s half the price of a spiralizer. Second, it takes up about a tenth of the space. So if you’re wondering how to make zucchini noodles, my advice is to do so with the julienne slicer! It’s a breeze.

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Here are some of my other healthy vegetable noodle recipes:

posted on August 19, 2014, 32 comments

  1. Raechel

    Love making zucchini noodles! I use a vegetable peeler to make a Pappardelle style ( really wide and flat) “noodle”. I use the big overgrown zucchinis that everybody seems to have too many of and are always giving away for free. My family actually likes it better than regular pasta now :)

  2. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate @ chitsandchatsandchocolate.blogspot.com

    Yum! I have been trying to reduce the grains in my diet, so this is great!

  3. Gemma

    If you don’t salt and rinse the noodles, they can release a lot of water into your sauce.

  4. Laura J

    Please let me know the name of your julienne tool, too……

  5. Jodi Thom

    Yes, is that tool available on Amazon?

  6. Mearced

    Ditto on the name of the tool.

  7. Wendy

    Pampered Chef carries a similar tool that I use for making noodles from squash and carrots.

  8. I am a Pampered Chef consultant and I make zucchini noodles all the time with our julienne peeler. Feel free to contact me.

  9. Karen

    I found a tool called Veggetti – a spiral vegetable cutter – at CVS drug store. It works very well also.

  10. Joanie

    Oh my, am in love with zodles, in your tweet you said that the tool to make them was so expensive but there is a great spirilizer ( not too expensive) brand GEFU hand held and magical

  11. Zoodles were the gateway noodle for me. I started out with a tool like you recommend and eventually succumbed to the lure of the unitasker. The spiralizer is one of two unitaskers allowed in our home but only so I can spiralize sweet potatoes and squash. I hate yellow squash but it makes a good noodle. More veggies and variety=good, right? You are such a great influence, Elana. Thank you

  12. Wow, never thought of making zucchini noodles, Great idea. Need to try that one ;)

    As far as for zucchini I love it stuffed with ground meat, fresh tomatoes, little bit of garlic onion and some herbs- if you interested http://www.littlecrazyworld.com/food-2/cooking-drama-and-a-stuffed-zucchini/

  13. A really awesome and fast way to make and enjoy my vegetables. Thanks for the recipe, Elana. I like to try out options. Will be trying this with some sauce


  14. Seth @ grainfree.me

    Can’t wait to give this a try Elana. Love zucchini and I am always looking for a good grain free noodle substitution.

  15. aakanksha soni @ flavoursblend.com

    what a presentation. i loved the way you used zucchini :)

  16. Jessica Poulson @ fullfocusinc.com

    can you cut them into noodles and then freeze them that way before cooking in the oil? or would it be best to freeze after cooking?

  17. Suzanne Burnell @ burnellacupuncture.com

    I couldn’t even wrap my mind around the spiralizer (complicated looking with parts!) so I bought the very simple julienne slicer and love it. I enjoyed a bowl of zoodles, sauteed in butter, from fresh squash and zukes ala today’s farmers’ market…very delicious.

    Thank you, Elana, for sharing your simple and delicious recipes.

  18. Jennifer Marie @ skinnyfiberdiet.org

    Oh wow! I’ll have to share this with my mom! She has dozens of zucchinis growing in her garden. Thanks so much!

  19. Carolyn

    Just wondering about this Kinpira tool. The reviews are not particularly positive,

  20. Aileen Clarkson

    What do you suggest for use during the winter, when zucchini is hard to find? Spaghetti squash?

  21. Marilyn

    I decided to try the zucchini noodles with spaghetti sauce. Really didn’t expect to like it. It was very good! After a few bites I decided to play a little and sprinkled some grated mozzarella cheese on it, it tasted like lasagna! Thank you!!!

  22. Amy

    Thanks so much for posting this. My husband is a type 1 diabetic, and was just diagnosed with insulin resistance. I’ve been scouring the Internet for carb swaps. The zucchini noodles were simple, quick, and delicious. And believe it or not, we both think we’d rather eat them than normal pasta! I’ll be checkin your site for more inspiration.

  23. djshope4hearts @ djshope.com

    When you saute how do you keep the noodle unsoggy & the pan full of water, thanks

  24. I made these tonight and they were zo good! I just grated them, though, with my food processor. I poured off the liquid they made.

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