These Garlic Parmesan Zoodles are a delicious way to up the veggies in your diet while lowering your carb intake. Fresh zucchini is spiraled and quickly cooked in garlicky olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serves 2 in about 10 minutes.
Zoodles or zucchini noodles aren’t new to the culinary scene.
Since the invention of the spiralizer (or maybe even before that) zoodles have become a popular substitute for pasta. And we are big fans. When I say “we”, what I really mean is Pat and I. Haileigh and Mal still aren’t sold on veggies masquerading as pasta, but they’re young still with a youthful metabolism.
The recipe I’m sharing today, is exactly how I make them at home for things like chicken parmesan or as a bedding for seafood. It’s literally only 6 ingredients and takes a few minutes.
The easiest way to make zoodles is by using a spiralizer. The one I own (linked in the recipe printable) has 7 blades and makes veggie noodles in seconds. I love it.
Almost as much as I love these zucchini noodles.
To Make These Garlic Parmesan Zoodles You Will Need:
- olive oil
- fresh garlic
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- fresh parmesan cheese
To make 4 servings, use 2 medium zucchini. For this post I was making a half-batch but the instructional part is for a full recipe.
For this recipe, I’m using the 3mm (spaghetti) blade to create the noodles. Follow the directions of the vegetable spiralizer you’re using to create beautiful veggie ribbons;
In a 10-inch skillet heat 2 teaspoons of light olive oil and one clove of garlic over medium to medium-low heat. Sauté the garlic for 30 to 45 seconds or until fragrant.
Add in the zucchini noodles and toss to coat in the garlicky oil. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until the zoodles reach a desired doneness.
Because we prefer more texture, so I cook them for about 5 to 6 minutes.
Right before serving, season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Seasoning the zucchini aftercooking is important because salt will draw out the water of the zucchini and to avoid watery and soggy zucchini noodles, season before serving.
And that’s it friends. Simple and so delicious!
What To Use If You Don’t Have a Spiralizer:
- If you have a chef’s knife (and patience) you can cut the zucchini into thin planks and then fine strips.
- A julienne peeler works great with smaller “teeth” work great in creating very thin vegetable “noodles. I used one in this recipe.
- In a pinch use a vegetable peeler can get the job done as well. Use it to run the blade down the length of the vegetable to create thin strips, then julienne the thin strips into zoodles.
Enjoy! And if you give this Garlic Parmesan Zoodles recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Simple Garlic Parmesan Zoodles
- 2 teaspoons light olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 medium zucchinis, spiraled into zoodles
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste
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- In a 10-inch deep-sided skillet, add oil and garlic. Heat on medium-heat and cook garlic until fragrant, about 30 to 45 seconds.
- Add in the zoodles and toss to coat in the garlic olive oil.
- Cook 5 to 8 minutes or until desired doneness.
- Season with salt and black pepper and top with parmesan cheese right before serving.
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OK so although I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, I admit I was blown away by the flavour and texture in this dish! I actually bought a spiralizer just to try this, and I’m thinking it’s a keeper! Thanks so much, Laurie, for sharing this simple and delicious dish with us!
One question: my zoodles ended up quite wet (probably cause I covered the wok and cooked them for a bit longer than I should have and at a lower temp, cause the wok wasn’t really a wok, but the base of a steamer, but that;s a different story:)) – would it be ok to just drain them using either a strainer or a pasta lid with holes? That’s the one thing that threw me off, but aside from this, they were quite firm and had great texture!
I’m so glad you gave these a try, E! Zucchini has a lot of water in them so it’s only natural for them to give off some water, especially after salting. By chance did you season them with salt while cooking? And you can always strain off the water, if the water is in the pan. But the zoodles shouldn’t cook longer than 5 to 8 minutes. I hope this helps! 🙂
Hi!.. How many days do you think the zucchini noodles will last in my meal prep?
I can’t wait to makes these!
Hi Elizabeth! Sorry for the delay in responding. I would think 4 to 5 days would be just fine. Possibly longer, but I would have to test that theory. 🙂 Enjoy!