Zucchini noodles, aka 'zoodles' - the spiralized 'impasta' to help us with our carb cravings through low-carb, keto, gluten-free, whole 30, and other healthy diets. We have to thank Ali Maffucci from New Jersey for starting the "spiralized" movement and introducing the world to zoodles and other "Inspiralized" healthy meals.
Let's agree on one thing; you can't simply replace pasta with a spiralized vegetable. You won't get the same texture or bounce spaghetti has, and the sauce doesn't hold on to zoodles the same way. But out of all the low-carb noodle options, zucchini works best. Plus, how can you resist a punny name like that?
Now that we've set realistic expectations let's learn how to zoodle the right way.
If you have enough room for another piece of kitchen equipment, you should definitely get one; it really is the best tool for the job. And if you are not interested in all those extra cutting options, just get the simple handheld spiralizer/spiral vegetable cutter.
It sure is a fun kitchen tool you could use for many other things. Make carrot pasta, curly sweet potato fries, fun salads with spiralized cucumbers and beets, spiralize apples into the classic slaw, pumpkin, yellow squash; the options are endless.
But if you are strongly against adding another kitchen appliance into your collection, there're ways to make zoodles without using a spiralizer.
If you are making your own zoodles, choose small- and medium-sized zucchini to get the best flavor. Large zucchini might seem like a better choice for spiralizing, but they often have lots of seeds and might be bitter closer to the center.
We will get to our favorite zoodle recipes in a minute. But before that, let's take a look at our favorite ways to cook zoodles, as well as some tips and tricks to give you perfectly cooked zucchini noodles every time.
You can also make a variety of cold zoodle pasta without using any cooking methods altogether.
If you're set on using this cooking method, bring a large pot of water to a boil, season with salt, and cook the zoodles for about one minute until crisp-tender.
How to avoid watery and soggy zucchini noodles
Some swear by this method, claiming it provides the crunchiest most spaghetti-like veggie noodles that are not watery. But it's still best to pat them dry after for the best possible result.
Zoodle Cooking Tips:
Now that we went through all the basics, take a look at our favorite low-carb meals with zoodles and apply all of the newly acquired knowledge in the comfort of your own kitchen. Happy zoodling!