If you don't have a spiralizer to make this healthy zucchini noodle casserole (aka zoodles), use a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips of the squash and zucchini, stopping when you reach the seedy center. Just a few minutes under the broiler gives these ricotta-and-basil-filled nests a light golden top.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017


Recipe Summary

30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Position a rack in the top position of oven; preheat broiler to high.

  • Combine ricotta, Parmesan, basil, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Using a spiral vegetable slicer or a vegetable peeler, cut summer squash lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds. You should have about 6 cups of "noodles." Place them on a cutting board and shape into an even 10-inch square. Cut the square into quarters. Transfer each "nest" to a 9-by-13-inch broiler-safe pan (or similar size 3-quart baking dish). Repeat with zucchini. Arrange the zucchini nests in an alternating pattern with the summer squash.

  • Drizzle the nests with oil and season with salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Make a well in the center of each and spoon in about 2 tablespoons filling.

  • Broil the nests until browned in spots, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve warm.


Equipment: Spiral vegetable slicer, broiler-safe baking dish

Nutrition Facts

127 calories; protein 6.9g 14% DV; carbohydrates 5.2g 2% DV; dietary fiber 1.2g 5% DV; sugars 2.8g; fat 9.2g 14% DV; saturated fat 4g 20% DV; cholesterol 19.4mg 7% DV; vitamin a iu 491.3IU 10% DV; vitamin c 21.3mg 36% DV; folate 36.2mcg 9% DV; calcium 149.2mg 15% DV; iron 0.7mg 4% DV; magnesium 28.2mg 10% DV; potassium 357.6mg 10% DV; sodium 263mg 11% DV.

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Try with a poached or sunny side up egg for protein boost.. yolk and ricotta make an amazing sauce Read More
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Perfect for this gluten free girl! Read More
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Broiling these nests gives the veggie noodles amazing texture (no soggy veggies here!) Plus the cheese is delicious on top. An amazing and easy summer side! Read More