Whether you prefer spaghetti, angle hair, fettuccine, or lasagna, we’ll show you how to make all four types of zoodles in this comprehensive guide to making zoodles!
I feel the urge to eat lighter, brighter foods every spring. Maybe it is something in the air. Or perhaps it’s because I associate spring with ushering in summer, summer with fresh produce, and fresh produce with certain fruits and vegetables, such as peaches, asparagus, tomatoes, and zucchini. That all makes sense, right?.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, this time of year I always end up making zucchini noodles (also known as zoodles) to pair with homemade pasta sauce. But these zoodles aren’t the soggy variety that you can buy in the market; they are perfect zoodles that are fresh and slurpable (I think that’s a word).
We’ll go over four different methods for making zoodles: spaghetti, angel hair, fettuccine, and lasagna. Please feel free to use the links below to jump to whatever type of pasta you are craving right now.
Check out this post, Zucchini Nutrition 101, for all the details on this awesome vegetable if you’re not sure how to choose a good one or if it’s right for you.
Zucchinis are obviously necessary to make zucchini noodles, but since they are inexpensive, simple to obtain, and simple to prepare, zucchini noodles make an excellent replacement for regular noodles.
Although zucchini noodles resemble pasta noodles, boiling them removes water-soluble vitamins (in the case of zucchini, vitamins C and B6) Instead, cook the zucchini noodles in a little olive oil on the stove until they are tender.
Slice each zucchini in half so that it will fit in your spiralizer, then remove the ends to create spaghetti zucchini noodles. Use constant pressure to spiralize the zucchini to produce uniform, long noodles by centering the zucchini half in your spiralizer and spiralizing.
How to Make Zucchini Noodles
Using a spiralizer is the best method for producing gorgeous zucchini noodles in our test kitchens. Although this device initially has a somewhat medieval appearance, it is simple to use. You can purchase a variety of inexpensive spiralizers at the store. (We use this brand. ) And the tool isnt just for zucchini. Spiralizers are great for transforming other firm vegetables, such as sweet potatoes or carrots, into spaghetti-like strands.
How to make Zucchini Noodles without a spiralizer
It’s really pretty simple. Spiralizers are easy to use, but they take up a lot of kitchen storage space. If you have the space and plan to make zoodles on the regular, then it’s probably worth it to buy a spiralizer. But for the rest of us with small kitchens, there are other options:
How to Make Zoodles with a Knife
To cut the zucchini into thin strands, you’ll need to use your sharpest knives. However, it can be done. This process will result in straight noodles rather than spiral ones, just like using peelers and a mandoline.
1. Trim the ends of small or medium zucchini after washing and drying them.
2. Cut a zucchini lengthwise into quarters. Remove the watery core with seeds.
3. Slice one quarter carefully into thin strands. Repeat with the remaining quarters.
What can I use if I don’t have a spiralizer?
But for the rest of us with small kitchens, there are other options:
- handheld spiralizer.
- potato peeler or julienne peeler.
- box cheese grater.
How do you make zucchini noodles without getting soggy?
- Pat zucchini noodles dry with paper towels after spiralizing them.
- Cook zoodles over medium-high heat. …
- Do not cover the zucchini during cooking. …
- Don’t overcrowd the pan. …
- Do not add salt to the pan. …
- Use a pan that conducts heat well. …
- Don’t overcook the zoodles.
How do you noodle zucchini without a noodler?
- Small or medium zucchini should be washed, dried, and the ends trimmed.
- Place a zucchini cut-side down on a cutting board after cutting it in half lengthwise.
- To make strands or noodles out of the zucchini, run the peeler across it lengthwise.
- Repeat these steps with the other zucchini half.
What is a substitute for zucchini noodles?
- Zoodles (zucchini noodles)
- Coodles (carrot noodles)
- Swoodles (sweet potato noodles)
- Squoodles (squash noodles)
- Boodles (broccoli stem noodles)
- Poodles (parsnip noodles)
- Toodles (turnip noodles)