How to Make Gluten-Free Pasta out of Zucchini

How to Make Gluten-Free Pasta out of Zucchini - Zucchini is a quick and easy gluten-free, grain-free, paleo pasta alternative — you don't even have to cook the zucchini pasta. |

Zucchini is a quick and easy gluten-free, grain-free pasta alternative — you don’t even have to cook the zoodles. But if you want it a little softer, you can blanch it in boiling water for a couple of minutes. Or just add it to the pan with whatever sauce you are making for the last few minutes of cooking. Zucchini pasta works well with just about any sauce and also makes a great cold salad.

Here are a few different ways to make zucchini pasta:

  • Use a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips of zucchini. Continue around the zucchini until you get to the seeds. You can do thin or wide strips.
  • Use a julienne peeler. Continue around the zucchini until you get to the seeds.
  • Slice the zucchini with a mandolin that juliennes. Or just slice it on the thinnest setting, and then cut the slices into noodles.
  • Use a spiral vegetable slicer. This is my favorite method, and how I made the zucchini pasta in the photo above. Just put the zucchini in the slicer and turn the handle.

Once the zucchini pasta is cut, you can salt and drain the zucchini in a colander to remove some of the moisture. Let it drain for at least 20 minutes, then press the zucchini to remove the liquid or lay it on a dish towel to dry. I tend to skip this step if I’m in a hurry. I did not drain the zucchini in the photo above. It went straight from the spiral slicer onto the cutting board, then into my garlic roasted shrimp as soon as I took the photo.

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  1. says

    This looks easy ! I have been trying to incorporate more veggies into our meals, and this blog is full of ideas. My youngest child is a very picky eater. He will not touch a vegetable or a fruit. My oldest would eat veg and fruits all day if I let him.
    I’ve never thought of substituting zucchini for pasta. Is this a better alternative than spaghetti squash from the nutrition/health point of view?

    • says

      Cooking is optional – you can eat it raw or toss it in a hot sauce for a few minutes if you want softer noodles.

  2. Linda says

    I just purchased a Paderno spiralizer and am looking forward to using it a great deal.I have a couple of questions: I’m wondering if I should peel the zucchini first as it looks like you might have in the photo. And do you have any tips on using this odd-looking gadget? Other than keep well clear of the scary-looking blades… Thanks, just subscribed to your site and looking forward to trying your recipes.

    • says

      Awesome! Peeling the zucchini is completely optional – it just depends on how you like it. As for tips, it’s easier to clean the spiralizer right after you use it. And definitely be careful of the blades – they are sharp! :)

  3. Roberta says

    I plung the zucchini & baby spinach for 1/2 minute in boiled salted water, drain immediately , drizzle w/ lemon/olive oil & stir in basil pesto…, I do peel the zucchini first…love this as a side with grilled chicken or salmon pan seared with basil pesto…yummy!

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