How to Make Zucchini Noodles

This post was last updated on October 24, 2014 to include new images and a recipe video.

How To Make Zucchini Noodles

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

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

How To Make Zucchini Noodles - Fresh Zucchini

I came up with zucchini noodles.

Yes, zucchini noodles!

How To Make Zucchini Noodles - Slicing The Zucchini

How To Make Zucchini Noodles - Cooking The Zucchini Noodles

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

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

Hoe To Make Zucchini Noodles | A Sweet Pea Chef

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


How To Make Zucchini Noodles

Watch me make these super easy zucchini noodles:

How to Make 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.

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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

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.


  1. Sue says

    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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. myrna says

    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.

  4. Tiffany says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. Greg says

    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.

      • Greg says

        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. says

    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. :)

  8. says

    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. :)

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