How to Make Zucchini Pasta (Quick, Easy & Low Calorie)

If you are trying to change your diet for the better, then this is the perfect recipe for you!  It’s one small step in the right direction.  It’s one simple change.  We do not need to overhaul you’re entire diet just yet. Let’s focus on manageable and achievable changes.  First stop, learning how to make zucchini pasta.

So what the heck is zucchini pasta anyways?  I’m glad you asked!  Zucchini pasta is simple – it’s zucchini cut into the shape of pasta.  What?  That doesn’t even make sense.  How do you make zucchini turn into pasta?  It’s simple and I’ll teach you how!  I have perfected three techniques that yield countless recipes for “spaghetti”, “fettuccini”, and “lo mein”.

How To Make Zucchini Spaghetti “Zoodles”

In order to make zucchini spaghetti (my favorite), you will need to purchase a julienne peeler.  It’s a common kitchen item that can be purchased at Bed, Bath & Beyond (and probably many other places) for under $10.  Julienne means thin strips or matchsticks.  Have you ever seen thinly sliced carrots on top of a salad?  That’s julienne.

A julienne peeler looks very similar to a normal vegetable peeler, however when you peel an item with a julienne peeler, you get thin strips like spaghetti!  It’s simple.

  • In order to peel the zucchini, I suggest laying the zucchini down so it doesn’t slip out of your hand.  I stab one end of the zucchini with a fork so I don’t even have to touch the zucchini.  I cut my hand once and it wasn’t pretty… I’ve learned my lesson.
  • Peel the zucchini (either like normal or laying down) until you reach the seeds.  At that point, turn the zucchini to another “side”.  I like to pretend there are four sides on a zucchini.  Peel the second side, then the backside, and then the last side.  That’s it!  Refer to the pictures below.
  • The zucchini spaghetti can be eaten raw or cooked.  I have eaten it both ways and they are equally delicious.  To cook the noodles, follow the steps below:
    1. Heat a large pan over medium heat.
    2. Once the pan is warm, simply toss the zucchini in!  There is no need to add nonstick cooking spray or oil.  The water from the zucchini will leach out and cook itself.
    3. Cook for approximately five minutes.  Continuously stir or toss zucchini while cooking to ensure it is evenly cooked.  You will know it is done when the zucchini noodles start to bend.  I like to my zucchini semi-firm, but feel free to cook longer if you desire.
    4. Eat plain or sauce it up!  Recipe suggestions are listed at the bottom of this post.

Note: Do not store leftover zucchini spaghetti with sauce on it.  As the zucchini spaghetti cools, it will release water into the dish that it is stored in.  If sauce is on the spaghetti, the sauce will be diluted.  I “drain” the water from the dish and then add sauce to the leftovers at the time of serving.

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How to make zucchini spaghetti

How to Make Zucchini Fettuccini “Zoodles”

In order to make zucchini fettuccini, simply use a standard vegetable peeler.  A standard vegetable peeler will produce “ribbons” of pasta which resemble fettuccini.  You can even use these ribbons as “lasagna” noodles for a pasta-less lasagna.

  • Peel zucchini as you would any other vegetable.  Continue peeling layer by layer until you reach the seeds.  Refer to pictures below.
  • Cooking directions are the same as above.  Please note that due to the thinness of the zucchini fettuccini, you will only need to cook it for a minute or two.
  • Eat plain or sauce it up!  Recipe suggestions are listed at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Zucchini Lo Mein “Zoodles”

In order to make zucchini lo mein noodles, all you need is a knife…

  • Cut the ends off of the zucchini.
  • Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise.  This means that you should have two pieces of zucchini each with a flat side, not two shorter but perfectly intact zucchini chunks.  Refer to the pictures below.
  • Cut each half in half again.  Then again, and again, and probably again.  You will end up with about 16 zucchini lo mein noodles.  There is no exact science of how to cut the zucchini.  It doesn’t need to be cut perfectly in half, so long as the zucchini is cut into strips.
  • I do not recommend eating zucchini lo mein noodles raw.  You will need to cook these noodles as outlined below:
    1. Heat a large pan over medium heat.
    2. Once the pan is warm, simply toss the zucchini in!  There is no need to add nonstick cooking spray or oil.  The water from the zucchini will leach out and cook itself.  I add soy sauce when cooking these noodles because ultimately I always use the lo mein noodles for an Asian style dish.  I add about 1 tablespoon of soy sauce to the pan and adjust according to my personal taste and/or amount of zucchini.  Note that it is always better to start with less first.
    3. Cook for approximately ten minutes.  Continuously stir or toss zucchini while cooking to ensure it is evenly cooked.  You will know it is done when the zucchini noodles start to bend.  I like to my zucchini semi-firm, but feel free to cook longer if you desire.
    4. Eat plain or sauce it up!  Recipe suggestions are listed at the bottom of this post.

Zoodle Recipes

Whether you have cooked zucchini pasta or raw zucchini pasta, the recipes options are endless.  The ideas below are not complete recipes but merely recipe ideas.  Not all of the recipes listed below are vegan/vegetarian.  Please note that you can alter these ideas in ANY way you’d like in order for them to meet your dietary needs.  If you would like recipes for homemade sauces, I’d advise a quick and easy Google search.  Furthermore, the serving size depends upon your level of hunger.  I would suggest 1-2 medium sized zucchinis per person for a satisfying meal.

Spaghetti/Fettuccini Ideas

  • Plain and simple
  • Add seasonings such as garlic, salt, and pepper
  • Add olive oil or butter and/or seasonings if desired
  • Add grated parmesan cheese (it’s surprisingly perfect)
  • Add store bought tomato sauce, pesto sauce, alfredo sauce, etc.
  • Add homemade tomato sauce, pesto sauce, alfredo sauce, etc.
  • Add ground meatless crumbles, chicken, turkey, beef, bison, etc. to tomato sauce to make Bolognese (aka meat sauce)
  • Add meatballs (made of meatless crumbles, chicken, turkey, beef, bison, etc.) o tomato sauce to make spaghetti and meatballs
  • Add shrimp, olive oil, butter, garlic, white wine, parsley, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, etc. to make a shrimp scampi
  • Add veggies/herbs such as steamed broccoli, halved cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, etc. to any of the above mentioned ideas

My favorite way to eat zucchini spaghetti is either plain or with store bought Rao’s Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce.  This sauce is my absolute favorite – I eat it with a spoon – it’s orgasmic!  It’s a little expensive at $8 a jar but it transforms ANY meal I make into a 5 star delight.  I highly recommend you try it out!  Bonus: I’m currently working on mastering the art of vegan alfredo sauce.  I hope to post a recipe soon but if you are dying to try it out tonight, do a quick Google search.  The secret is making it with cauliflower!

Lo Mein Ideas

While cooking the zucchini lo mein noodles, prepare the “extras” for this meal.  Feel free to mix the extras into the zucchini lo mein noodles or add as “sides” to the meal.  It’s up to you – get creative!

  • Plain and simple
  • Add seasonings such as soy sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, ginger, etc.
  • Add sesame oil and/or seasonings if desired
  • Add steamed broccoli (can be cooked in microwave for ease)
  • Add steamed “Steamfresh Asian Medley” veggies (see note below)
  • Add brown rice
  • Add tofu, diced chicken, diced steak, etc.

Note: Steamfresh Asian Medley has broccoli, snap peas, carrots, baby corn, etc. and comes lightly seasoned.  You can find it in the freezer section of your grocery store and I highly recommend trying these out!  I will have a handful of recipes coming out with this as a main ingredient.

How did you zucchini pasta turn out?  Please share your successes and crafty recipe ideas below.

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