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Zoodle Fettucini

Prep: 5 min | Cook: 2 min | Total: 30 min | Servings:4

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Zoodles! I just love saying that. It's impossible to say the word "ZOODLES!" and not crack a smile. Try it. I dare you! Did you smile? Told you!

A while back, I wrote a fairly extensive blog post on pasta and various forms of noodles (about halfway down the post). At the time, I hadn't actually made zoodles for my website, and felt a bit silly having not. So, I set out to make them as a recipe! Zoodles are just zucchini cut into strips. They approximate the sense of pasta in that they're roughly the same shape, they don't have a lot of flavor on their own and they serve as a fantastic vehicle for "sauce" and other goodies.

Traditional pasta has gluten holding it together. While it's possible to overcook it, it'll still be a noodle when you're done cooking it. It IS possible, however, to overcook zoodles. If you were to throw a handful of freshly cut zoodles into a cauldron of hot gurgling sauce, the zoodles would release all their water and break down in just a few minutes. They would become "one with the sauce" and won't really be very zoodle-y, any longer.

This is where some of these little tricks come in.

First, you need to cut the zoodles. There are all kinds of tools for this. The most basic is a standard vegetable peeler. Just peel the zucchini, deeper and deeper. You'll create a series of imperfect, but flat wide "zoodles", which will resemble green pappardelle. Alternately, you can use something like the Spirooli. I personally don't like these much and prefer to go with a more standard flat mandoline.

In the photos, you'll see that I cut mine with a flat mandoline. In my case, I created thick strips of zucchini, then stacked the strips upon one another, then cut them into 1/3 inch strips with a knife. This approach gives me a heartier zoodle, with a bit more texture and bite. However, you can make them thinner, thicker, etc. It's all personal preference.

Once you've got the zoodles cut, many will simply pop them into a microwaveable container and nuke them for a minute or two. This will create a hot bed of zoodles. This is, without question, a way you can go!

My method is a little different, but tends to have a little more flavor and ... love ... cooked into it. It takes a little longer, but I feel the results have that little something extra.

Once you've got your cooked zoodles, top them with any number of sauces. How about some nice Marinara Sauce or a nice thick goopy alfredo sauce?
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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
4 each (472g)  small green zucchini and/or summer squash, cut into zoodles761.485.8416.085.84010.24
1/4 cup (28.4g)  real bacon bits1006120000
1 tbsp (14g)  light flavored oil (like light olive oil, ghee or bacon fat)1001100000
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 4 Servings):27618.48g17.84g16.08g5.84g0g10.24g
Per Serving:694.62g4.46g4.02g1.46g0g2.56g *

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Method:

  1. If you haven't already, cut your zoodles, using any method you would like (several methods are mentioned in the notes).
  2. Once your zoodles have been cut, season them with salt and pepper. Toss them around, so that they are evenly coated with the seasoning. Set them aside for about 20 minutes, while you focus on other things. The salt will pull some of the moisture out of the zoodles and will also macerate them. They will become soft and pliable, all on their own, without any cooking, at all.
  3. Heat up a large non-stick sauté pan, over medium-high heat.
  4. I personally don't use oil for this. I have a big favorite non-stick pan I use, but you can add something like a light olive oil, bacon fat or ghee. I almost always having bacon bits lying around. I'll throw those into the pan, where some of the bacon fat will render out.
  5. Once I see the bits starting to "fry", I will evenly spread my zoodles around the bottom of the pan. Toss them in a the pan to mix the bacon and bacon fat into them, then spread them flat on the bottom of the pan. Let them "sear" for about 30 seconds to a minute.
  6. Toss them one more time, spread them out, let them sear for about 30 seconds longer, then ... serve!

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Posted by DJ on Apr 07, 2014, 08:05 PM EST
Hi Esme! Thanks for the kind words. Welcome! :) I haven't replaced them and am planning to move back down to Mexico in a few months. I'm going through a downsizing phase at the moment, but ... once I'm down there, I may start eyeing such a thing. I DO miss my All-Clads! It's what I was first trained to cook on! Thanks for the thoughts. Maybe if I have some time, I'm dawdle in to one of those stores and see what's what. For a good deal, it makes sense to pick them up and haul them across the border!
 
Posted by Esme' on Apr 06, 2014, 10:23 PM EST
DJ -- if you haven't replaced your All Clad pans yet, have you tried Homegoods, TJ Maxx and Marshall's ... different branches carry different lines, but I've gotten my entire collection of All Clad there are amazingly discounted prices. Only one I didn't like was a non-stick -- it wore out within a year -- but as you said, they are the very best pans and virtually nothing sticks to them. Not to be redundant, but just discovered your site this morning thanks to a friend and really have learned so much and enjoyed so much already. Thanks!
 
Posted by Anita on Jul 24, 2013, 12:57 PM EST
Thanks DJ for your response about the pans. You're right about the All Clad being so pricey. Yikes! I am like you - I go through pans so quickly. I've tried to really get into the stainless steel, but I haven't been able to do that yet. The Green Pan was damaged in less than a week, and I was REALLY careful with that one. I'm trying the cast iron again. I've seen people use these just as if they were non-stick. Dunno how many years of seasoning I will need to do, but hopefully it will be my last pan. ;) Thanks again!
 
Posted by DJ on Jul 12, 2013, 07:50 PM EST
Hi Loretta! I don't know the first time I heard the term "Zoodles". I did just do a quick Google of the terms and found uses of it in 2009, but not related to Zucchini-Noodles. Who knows?! Perhaps you ARE the creator of that particular sniglet!
 
Posted by DJ on Jul 12, 2013, 07:47 PM EST
Hi Anita, I'm never happy with non-stick pans. The best set of pans I owned was a set made by All-Clad. They're not "non-stick", but ... if used properly, nothing really sticks to them. They're just really well made and almost indestructable. I lost them during a move and haven't pulled together enough money to buy a new set. Instead, I tend to just go through cheap pans and burn them out. I've gotten some life out of T-Fal pans, but they tend to warp fairly quickly (I cook at REALLY high heats). Currently, I've got a huge Winco pan that seems very thick and solid, but I've already damaged the teflon with my metal tongs. I also recently bought a set of NEOFLAM pans, which I've been treating like babies. I wipe them out with a clean towel, never touch them to soapy water and wrap them in towels before putting away. Only wood and rubber can touch them. I haven't had them long, but so far so good! I'm actually really quite happy with them, so far! Sorry I don't have a great answer for you. I tend to beat my pans to death. Only All-Clad has really lived up to my abuse!
 
Posted by Loretta on Jul 11, 2013, 04:18 PM EST
LOVE zoodles! I always heard them referred to as zucchini pasta, then wrote about them on my post in 2010, dubbing them Zoodles. http://lorettasjourney.blogspot.com/search?q=zoodles I'm not claiming to have invented the term, I just don't remember reading it anywhere. Who knows, maybe I did, and it stuck in my subconscious! Anyway, three cheers for the humble zuke!
 
Posted by Anita on Jul 10, 2013, 05:26 PM EST
Howdy - you mentioned a favorite non-stick pan. What's yours? I've tried caphalon and the green pan and am not impressed with either. Thanks in advance!
 
Posted by DJ on Mar 11, 2013, 01:57 PM EST
Great! Thanks, Kristen! (although, I can't take credit for naming them ... I have no idea who named them Zoodles, but ... it's a fun one, for sure!) ZOODLES!
 
Posted by Kristen on Mar 11, 2013, 10:19 AM EST
I LOVE these and I REALLY love the creative name you came up with!!! I am going to share these with my readers for their healthy lunch today ( Makethebestofeverything.com)
 
Posted by DJ on Mar 09, 2013, 01:59 PM EST
Hi Barbara, it's not that I didn't like it. I actually thought it was really cool when I first got it. I just found that I always gravitated towards my standard mandoline. The spirooli just sat, collecting dust. Finally, I took it into my chef job, where it was used for a specific dish. Then, the dish came off the menu and the spirooli once again sat and collected dust. I later wanted to use it again, and found it had been thrown away. I never replaced it. I really do see things like zoodles as a vehicle for sauce and VERY often will do as you've suggested and just make the sauce. Although, I'll tend to make it less "saucy" and have the same flavors, but without as much liquid. Alternately, I'll make it like soup and ... call it soup! :) Thanks for the comment!
 
Posted by Barbara on Mar 09, 2013, 11:45 AM EST
Sorry to hear you don't like your Spiroli. I use mine all the time, though mostly for salad-type things. Almost nothing actually needs noodles. I prefer the sauces on their own if they are heavy. Then they are like a stew.