How to Make Zucchini Noodles

Not being able to eat pasta with this new diet has kinda been killing me. Just kinda.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I had to turn my creative thinking cap on. Like on super power mode.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
How to Make Zucchini Noodles recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I came up with zucchini noodles. Yes, zucchini noodles!

These are so easy to make and actually replace a traditional pasta pretty darn well.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

You can serve these “noodles” with all sorts of things — Pasta Sauce, Chicken Cattiatore or even on the side with a bit of butter.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Mmm. Butter. That’s not really allowed on the diet either.  Sniff.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Watch me make these super easy zucchini noodles:

On the bright side of this diet, I have been trying new healthy recipes (like this one), have lost some weight and inches and I feel great.  I just miss my pasta, that’s all.

How to Make Zucchini Noodles
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Zucchini noodles are so easy to make and actually replace a traditional pasta pretty darn well.
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 4
  • 4-6 zucchinis
  • optional: kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Using a mandolin or vegetable peeler, carefully slice the zucchini lengthwise, starting at one end and ending on the other end. As you slice closer to the center of the zucchini, I recommend turning the zucchini over and starting again from the opposite side. You will probably leave about ¼ of the zucchini, as the seeded area tends to fall apart when cooked anyway.
  3. Add the zucchini slices to the boiling water and cook very quickly, just 1-2 minutes so zucchini is tender, but does not fall apart.


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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

22 comments… add one

  1. Tara July 13, 2011, 11:41 am

    Isn’t zucchini amazing?? I’ve been using it in a lot of recipes..lasagna, manicotti, meatloaf,… They taste like nothing so you can do whatever you want with them. You stop missing the pasta after a while. :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef July 13, 2011, 3:17 pm

      It really is! I can see all sorts of ways to use it now. Thanks for the encouragement, Tara! ;)

  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets July 13, 2011, 8:11 pm

    What a fabulous idea. My garden is exploding with zucchini, I never thought to use it as a pasta substitute. Going to try though, thanks,
    Found you from tasty kitchen!

  3. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit July 14, 2011, 3:16 pm

    I love zucchini noodles! I’ve also been making them with my julienne cutter- they look just like spaghetti! :)

  4. Karen P. July 18, 2011, 10:24 pm

    This is the first time in over six months I’ve pulled out my large pot and filled it with water for boiling! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be topping with a tomato-mushroom-bacon sauce with fresh buffalo mozzarella (I’m Primal, not hardcore Paleo).

    But I promise you this: When you finally do have some pasta after not eating it for a long time, you will probably wonder why you loved it so much in the first place. Just can’t compare to all the real foods we’re eating these days. :)

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef July 19, 2011, 1:35 pm

      Thanks so much for the support, Karen! It’s hard to imagine a world where I don’t love pasta as much as I used to, but I’ll take your word for it! ;)

  5. the wicked noodle July 21, 2011, 1:50 pm

    I heart zucchini of all kinds – flowers or vegetable, cooked or raw…doesn’t really matter. The best summer time vegetable!

  6. Greg August 29, 2011, 5:44 pm

    I picked up on the zucchini noodle kick from my Paleo daughter-in-law. I was skeptical – but have used them several times since being exposed. Tonight I’m making a raw tomato sauce to dress them with.

      1. Greg April 5, 2012, 2:11 pm

        It was awesome – and I was excited to see fresh zucchini at the grocer today. I’m using them as a side dish with butter and cheese for dinner this evening. I recently got a julienne slicer, and will use it – then slice with the grooves to create spaghetti-like noodles. I’m going to get rid of the green skin to see if I can fool my meat and potatoes son-in-law.

  7. Maile March 2, 2012, 1:16 pm

    This is the first time I’ve been on your website. I’m so excited to try the zucchini noodles. Thank you!

  8. Crystal March 3, 2012, 2:47 pm

    I’m currently in phase 3 of the HCG diet and discovered your zucchini noodle idea!! I miss my pasta! But, I just made chicken alfredo with these noodles, and OMG!!! I may never eat regular pasta again! lol :) It was fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Tiffany June 11, 2012, 12:15 am

    So awesome…while we are at it…I just wanted to mention spaghetti squash….it will make a great substitute also! Tried your honey whole wheat pizza dough tonight… was AMAZING ;) Thank you so much for sharing it!

  10. myrna July 8, 2012, 5:16 am

    Could you slice these zuke strips in half lengthwise? I’d like it to be more like spaghetti strands and less like lasagna. Just wondering if it would hold up or just fall apart.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef July 9, 2012, 10:54 am

      You know, I’ve never tried with zucchini. But, I’ve seen it done with spaghetti squash so I’d bet it’s worth a try! Please share how it goes if you try it :)

  11. Frank @ Paleo Diet July 13, 2012, 4:30 am

    Wow, great idea! Is that just a normal potato peeler?

    I usually just slice zucchini thinly, but this looks so much better


  12. ALMI August 13, 2012, 7:54 pm

    My sister can’t eat gluten, so to make noodles she first slices into the side of the zucchini – this way when you use the potato peeler you are left with noodle-like pieces instead of the thick slices. I’m making this with my homemade spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight!

  13. Sue July 6, 2013, 7:08 pm

    I threw them in the saute pan with the other vegs. I won’t boil anything anymore. Thought about steaming them. Does method matter? Are they better boiled? They were surprisingly good.


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