Delicious Zucchini Pasta

Hey everyone! I thought I’d do something a little different today and let a good friend of mine take the reigns and share a delicious (and gluten-free) recipe with you today! 

Alright Adrianne – take it away!

Hi all! Adrianne here. I’m super excited to be sharing this recipe with the Baby Doodah community! It’s a perfect light meal for these hot summer days, and you will exponentially increase your chances of getting non-veggie eaters to eat their veggies (this is obviously backed by science). (This post first appeared on my blog adie-cakes, but it was just to good to keep to my own little corner of the blogosphere!)

In my (seemingly) never-ending quest to be the poster child for health and wellness (or, more realistically, offset those crazy days), I’m always on the lookout for interesting healthy meals.

Enter: vegetables masquerading as pasta.


Now I know some lend themselves better to the task (like spaghetti squash, an obvious choice as the name would suggest), but I like to make things difficult. Zucchini? Without a mandolin? Why not?


While cutting zucchini into thin strips may be an annoyingly tedious and time consuming process, it was absolutely, totally worth it. As someone who loves her carby carbs, believe me when I tell you that you won’t even miss the pasta.

Now, don’t go in expecting the zucchini to taste like pasta, because that would be delusional. But, it makes for a pretty decent substitute, as a veggie with a relatively low flavor profile.



I used my zucchini pasta as a sub in my previously-posted pasta with sautéed leeks and mint (link to come later if you don’t feel like searching, but I can’t figure out how to get a link in when posting from the good ol’ iPad), which made for a very Springy green dinner.

So. Gather thee thy patience and a good sharp knife, and a few zucchini (duh), and make some pasta without the guilt!

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Zucchini “pasta” (1-2 zucchini per person, depending on size (of the zucchini, not the person))

Cut off the ends of your zucchini. Slice it lengthwise to about 1cm thick (aka thin – you’d be crazy to think I used a ruler). Slice each piece into matchsticks. Bring a pot of shallow water to a simmer, and simmer the zucchini for about 4-5 minutes. The zucchini should be cooked, but not soft and mushy like it can get (think al dente). Strain out water and toss zucchini with whatever sauce you’re using. I threw it into the pan with my leeks and sautéed for a couple minutes, for reference.



I’m linking this yummy recipe up with Peas and Crayons and What I Ate Wednesday and Weekend Wind Down.

30 Responses to Delicious Zucchini Pasta

  1. Jess says:

    Get a vegetable spiralizer!! Then you can make Zoodles, which actually look like strands of spaghetti. My toddler is fooled every time…

  2. Rachel says:

    I have so much zucchini from the garden and I don’t know what to do with it all. This looks like a pretty simple recipe and would totally help with my problem. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Michal says:

    Very nice! I like making zucchinis in a wok, they come out so good.

  4. Mary says:

    What a great idea. I’ve never had zucchini pasta before bit this looks interesting! I’ll have to try it out. :). I’d love of you shared this recipe at my link up, delicious dish Tuesday .

  5. Nicole says:

    Mmm.. I LOVE zucchini!! This looks so delicious!

  6. I love zucchini and this looks delicious. I just saw a new kitchen tool the other day that is like a corkscrew shredder, specifically for making veggies into long pasta-like strands. Now I have an excuse to buy it!

  7. Anne Marie says:

    YUM!! I just got a spiralizer and I cannot wait to make some veggie spaghetti

  8. What a great tip! Hello, my name is Misty, from The LadyPrefers2Save at, and I’m one of the new co-hosts for the Merry Monday Linky Party! Thanks for linking up at the Merry Monday’s Linky Party this week. Have an awesome weekend!

  9. Oh my, this looks absolutely delicious and not hard to prepare, thanks for sharing the recipe with us at the #WWDParty!

  10. this looks delicious!

  11. Brittnei says:

    Thank you Jillian and Adrianne so much for sharing this with us at the Creative Style Linkup! I definitely want to make some veggies into pasta for sure. I love how these is an easier way to get in your veggies even when you wanted pasta. 🙂 I so want to get a veggie spiraler or that julienne cutter so I can make my noodles smaller, too. 🙂

    • Jillian416 says:

      Hey Brittnei! You should totally splurge and buy yourself one, I mean it IS so that you eat my veggies. What better cause is there than that!? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Thanks so much for joining the Say G’Day Linky Party. We have pinned your post to the Say G’Day Saturday board! Hope you can join in again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  15. April says:

    I haven’t subbed zucchini in a while, but I definitely think it’s time. Thanks for sharing the process with us.

    Your co-host from Creative Style Link Up, ~~April~~

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