Healthy Zucchini Noodle Recipes

Find healthy, delicious zucchini noodle recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Zucchini Noodles with Pesto & Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 14
This healthy summer dinner subs zoodles for pasta to help use up your zucchini bounty--as well as slash calories and carbs. Once the spiralized zucchini has time to soak up the herby pesto sauce, this chicken and pesto pasta makes particularly good leftovers.
By Carolyn Casner

Zucchini Noodle Pie

Rating: 5 stars 1
If you're familiar with Italian spaghetti pie, you'll love this better-for-you gluten-free update to the classic comforting casserole. Replacing the traditional spaghetti with zucchini noodles keeps the meal from weighing you down, but it's still as cheesy and saucy as ever.

Easy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Rating: 5 stars 4
Enjoy classic shrimp scampi lightened up with zucchini noodles in place of pasta. The tomatoes add some sweetness and color, while the cheese contributes nuttiness and richness.

Shrimp Scampi Zoodles

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Classic garlicky shrimp scampi gets a low-carb makeover in this easy dinner recipe. Zucchini noodles, also known as "zoodles," are a healthier alternative to traditional pasta--they mimic the texture of pasta while taking on the flavor of whatever sauce you serve them with. Make sure you salt and drain the zoodles, otherwise your final dish will be soupy and the flavor will be diluted.
By Carolyn Casner

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

Rating: 4.5 stars 62
Cut some carbs and use spiralized zucchini in place of noodles in this zesty pesto pasta dish recipe. Top with Cajun-seasoned shrimp to complete this quick and easy dinner.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Chimichurri Noodle Bowls

Rating: 4 stars 1
We're mixing whole-grain spaghetti with zucchini noodles to add volume and save calories in these simple, flavor-packed meal-prep bowls. The bright and herby chimichurri sauce originally appeared in Katie Workman's salmon recipe for EatingWell magazine (see Associated Recipes). Leftover chicken, tofu or canned beans can be swapped in for the shrimp.

Tofu & Vegetable Curry with Zucchini Noodles

Rating: 4 stars 5
For this quick Thai-inspired curry recipe, we've combined tofu and plenty of veggies with a flavorful sauce made with red curry paste, lime juice and coconut milk. Serve the curry over lightly warmed zucchini noodles to get even more veggies in your weeknight dinner. Bonus: Everything is cooked in one skillet, so there's only one pan to wash after dinner.
By Carolyn Casner

Peanut Zucchini Noodle Salad with Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
You'll end up with more peanut sauce than you need in this zucchini noodle recipe, and that's a good thing! It makes a great dip or stir-fry sauce.

Spiralized Zucchini & Summer Squash Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 7
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
By Hilary Meyer

Tomato-Basil Zoodle Salad

Rating: 5 stars 4
Spiralized zucchini noodles make the perfect base for this colorful and flavorful salad--think pasta salad without all the carbs! It comes together quickly for a light lunch or easy side. Add grilled chicken, shrimp or chickpeas to make a heartier meal.
By Devon O'Brien

Simple Vegan Pesto Zoodles

Zucchini noodles, or "zoodles," are a gluten-free, low-calorie substitute for traditional pasta in this easy and fresh vegan dinner. For best results, toss the zucchini pasta with the basil pesto sauce and serve right away.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Zucchini Noodles with Quick Turkey Bolognese

Rating: 5 stars 1
Forgo regular pasta (and most of the carbs) for spiralized zucchini "noodles" in these make-ahead meals. The zoodles quickly turn tender-crisp as the veggie-packed Bolognese warms in the microwave.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto
Avocado makes the pesto sauce in this healthy zoodle recipe extra creamy. Topped with zesty shrimp this easy dinner recipe comes together in a flash.
The Best Spiralizer to Buy
Our top pick for making zoodles, spiralized salads , fruit desserts and more.
Tofu Poke
Rating: 5 stars 1

This fast vegan version of poke (the traditional Hawaiian salad of diced raw fish tossed in a soy-sesame sauce) swaps in extra-firm tofu for fish while loading your bowl with vegetables and crunchy toppers like pea shoots and peanuts. Serve over brown rice instead of the zucchini noodles to add a hearty boost of fiber.