Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles

Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini ‘noodles’ have been an obsession at my home all summer long. They are incredibly versatile and a great way to get vegetables in when cooking for picky eaters. This recipe is one I often use when I am looking for a quick, easy lunch that is both filling and nutritious.

Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles

I love them, my fiance loves them, and they would be especially great for little ones when you’re looking for a way to sneak veggies in. This is a very basic starting point, so feel free to add in whatever sounds good. Spicy peppers, fresh basil and even capers all make great additions to this dish. In the recipe, I gave you both the dairy free version, as well as a regular version if dairy is not an issue for you. If you want to avoid nutritional yeast or cheese all together, feel free to try this with marinara sauce instead. It makes a great spaghetti substitute.

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Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles
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Serves: 1-2

A fabulous veggie alternative for when you’re craving pasta taste.
  • 2 zucchini rinsed and dried; peel if not organic, otherwise leave skin on and julienne
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. regular butter or butter alternative such as Earth Balance for a dairy free version
  • 1 Tsp. nutritional yeast for a cheese-like taste (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes as needed
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  1. Rinse and dry zucchini. Peel if necessary and julienne zucchini
  2. Mince 1 clove of garlic and add into a medium sized skillet
  3. Add in 1 Tbsp. of butter or Earth Balance butter substitute for dairy free version and saute garlic lightly
  4. Add in zucchini and saute until tender
  5. Remove zucchini noodles from heat and add in 1 Tbsp. of nutritonal yeast (optional)
  6. Add in crushed red pepper flakes and salt and pepper to taste

For this recipe, I used Earth Balance vegan butter substitute in order to keep it dairy free. You are welcome to use regular butter if dairy is not a concern for you. Nutritional yeast adds a cheese-like flavor without adding any dairy. If dairy is not an issue, you are welcome to use fresh grated parmesan cheese instead.Be careful to only saute zucchini until tender. Zucchini’s are high in water content and can very easily become watery if left on heat for too long. Oxo brand makes a very good julienne peeler for around $10. You can find it at Bed, Bath & Beyond. It is a great investment that can be used in a variety of different recipes.


11 comments on Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles

  1. Laura N
    August 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm (4 years ago)

    This was my first time making zucchini noodles and it turned out so well! This was a super straight forward recipe, simple but delicious. Thank you!

    • Danielle
      August 25, 2014 at 8:30 am (4 years ago)

      So happy to hear it worked out well for you, Laura!

  2. Jill
    September 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm (3 years ago)

    So easy and delicious, I might make it twice today. It’s really good. :) New convert and addict to zucchini noodles.

    • Danielle
      September 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

      So glad to hear it, Jill! I have eating zucchini noodle for lunch two days in a row now, and I forgot how much I love them :)

  3. Natalie
    January 15, 2015 at 12:07 am (3 years ago)

    Dinner in 5 minutes, will be making this again!

    • Danielle
      January 15, 2015 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Gotta love easy dinners :) Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Natalie!

  4. Ritu
    March 12, 2015 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Do you have any substitutions for the butter? I cannot do any oil or butter, but can use a broth …

    please advise.

    • Danielle
      March 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Hmmmm, that’s a tricky one if you can’t do any oil either. That would be difficult to get that creamy flavor without either. Are vegan butter substitutes completely out? If not, Earth Balance butter substitute is wonderful. Maybe someone else can suggest some ideas on this? Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  5. Marcia
    April 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks amazing and I have none of the ingredients. What do you use to cut the zucchini like that?

    • Marcia
      April 15, 2015 at 8:18 am (3 years ago)

      Opps, see it. Oxo. Thanks for having complete instructions.

  6. Debora
    April 26, 2015 at 9:08 am (3 years ago)

    Hi! I was given a spiralizer as a gift for my birthday and the only thing I made so far was raw carrot and zucchini spaghetti. Tonight I’ll try your recipe, I’m sure is delicious!^_^


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