21 Low-Carb Zucchini Noodle (Zoodle) Recipes
Zucchini noodles (affectionately known as "zoodles" by low-carb enthusiasts) are the gluten-free, low-carb solution to your pasta-cravings. Anything pasta can do, zoodles can do too — but with fewer carbs. Use a veggie spiralizer or even kitchen tools you already have on hand to turn fresh zucchini into elegant noodles. Wondering what to do with these zucchini noodles? Get 21 top-rated zucchini noodle recipes that make going low-carb easy.
Low-Carb Zucchini Pasta
This recipe is as simple as it gets — zucchini, olive oil, salt, and pepper. "This is a great way to serve zucchini! You can top it w/ your favorite sauce, or keep it simple for an easy side dish," says reviewer Christina. "I just bought a julienne cutter, so I used that, and it was perfect for this! The kids thought this was so fun."
Shrimp Florentine with Zoodles
Greek Zoodle Salad
This low-carb salad would make for an easy, healthy lunch to bring to work. Recipe creator France C says, "Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are all the rage and I keep looking for new ways to prepare them. I decided to combine my love of Greek salad with the zoodles and came up with this recipe. A great alternative to high-carb pasta salads!"
Chicken Zoodle Soup
"This is the perfect recipe when it's been cold and rainy and the kids come home with runny noses and sore throats," says reviewer Buckwheat Queen. "It also solves any gluten issues because everyone in the family can eat it, meaning I don't have to make two different pots of soup."
Pesto and garbanzo beans are mixed in with healthy zoodles for a filling dish that’s easy on the waistline. "Perfect meal for those busy nights when you need something healthy, filling and quick," says reviewer Buckwheat Queen.
Reviewer Showtime says, "Simple but as good a plate of spaghetti as I’ve had!" These zoodles have a ground beef and tomato sauce for a healthier take on a classic dish.
Lemon Herb Chicken with Zucchini Pasta and Ricotta
"I will definitely make this again," says reviewer Misty Livingston. "I appreciated that it was inexpensive and fairly easy to make. It had a fresh, light taste that was unexpected for a cream sauce. It was satisfying but did not sit heavy on the stomach."
Italian Turkey Zoodles
"One thing I love about this recipe is that the pan it cooks in goes from stove top to oven. Not a lot of dirty dishes to clean up," says reviewer Paula. You'd never know it by looking at it, but this comfort food is low-carb.
Avocado Pesto with Zucchini Pasta
Recipe creator Honestly Fitness says, "This is a delicious low-carb alternative to your standard pesto pasta. Filled with diced chicken breast, vegetables, protein and healthy fat, it is sure to satisfy every craving!" This recipe makes for a well-balanced, easy weeknight dinner.
Grilled Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini noodles are tossed in a lemon-basil dressing and topped with grilled shrimp. "The dressing pulls everything together — fantastic and light summer recipe," says reviewer addikt.
Zucchini Noodle Primavera
You might call it pasta-less primavera. Reviewer Sarah says, "This was easy to prep and cook, it's quite filling and absolutely delicious!"
Zucchini Noodle Alfredo
Mushrooms, asparagus, prosciutto, peas, and zucchini noodles are tossed in alfredo sauce and topped with tomatoes. Reviewer Cas says, "I made this tonight, and topped it with some grilled shrimp. Lovely recipe, and healthy too. Everyone enjoyed it. The nutmeg and pine nuts were a brilliant touch."
Deep-Fried Zucchini Spirals
"Sprinkle with Old Bay® to make this a perfect side dish for seafood," says recipe creator SHORECOOK. "They can also be served as an appetizer with your favorite dip. The zucchini may be cut into chips if you do not have a spiral slicer."
Zoodles alla Carbonara
This recipe uses zucchini noodles and omits the cream for a lighter take on traditional carbonara. Reviewer Maria says, "Made for a party and everyone loved it. Even the picky eaters!"
Vinaigrette Chicken and Vegetables
"This turned out great and screamed healthy and fresh," says reviewer Soup Loving Nicole. Chicken thighs, onion, garlic, zucchini noodles, spiralized carrots, and bell peppers are tossed in a vinaigrette salad dressing.
Zucchini Noodles and Summer Vegetables with Sweet Pepper Chicken Sausage
Farm fresh summer vegetables like zucchini, bell pepper, spinach, and tomato make up the bulk of this dish, but they can be easily substituted with whatever produce is in season. "It was quick, healthy, colorful, and tasty and one I will make again," says Soup Loving Nicole.
Zucchini Spaghetti alla Marinara
Spaghetti and marinara sauce is about as classic a meal as they come, and now you can enjoy this low-carb, gluten-free, and grain-free version.
Simple Meatballs with Zoodles
"Pour your meatballs and sauce over spiralized zucchini noodles for an ideal paleo meal," says recipe creator Tina Turbin. Dinner is on the table in just 45 minutes.
Zoodle Vegetable Bake
"Zoodles and broccoli mixed with mushrooms, peppers, and other yummy vegetables topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and then baked altogether create a wonderful veggie casserole that is just bursting with flavor," says recipe creator Joey Joan.
Mediterranean Zucchini 'Pasta' Salad
It's pasta salad like from your favorite Mediterranean restaurant, but made with zucchini. Reviewer Christina says, "Simple and so delicious! LOVED the dressing...Great combo of flavors and textures...a definite keeper."
Lemongrass Coconut Curry Soup with Zucchini Noodles
Use up leftover chicken and zucchini with this flavorful soup. Reviewer France C says, "A nice change of pace, and it comes together quickly too!"