Zucchini Noodle Cacio e Pepe

Cheese and pepper star in this simple Italian dish. While the combo is traditionally tossed with pasta, we toss Parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper with zucchini noodles instead for a lower-carb dish that helps you get in an extra serving of veggies. To simplify the recipe, look for prepackaged zucchini noodles in the produce section of your supermarket.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 cups
Nutrition Profile:


  • 4 medium zucchini (2 1/2 pounds), trimmed

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, plus more to taste


  1. Using a vegetable spiralizer, cut zucchini into long strips. Chop the long strands once or twice so they're not too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let drain for at least 15 minutes. Wrap in a large clean kitchen towel and squeeze to remove excess moisture.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the zucchini noodles and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in Parmesan and pepper. Serve with more pepper, if desired.

    Zucchini Noodle Cacio e Pepe

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
12g Fat
9g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 13%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Vitamin A 541IU 11%
Vitamin C 35mg 39%
Folate 48mcg 12%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Calcium 161mg 12%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 41mg 10%
Potassium 544mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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