posted by Kalyn Denny on July 31, 2021
Here are 20 Low-Carb and Keto Recipes with Zucchini Noodles, with some delicious ways to expand your low-carb zucchini options!
Zucchini noodles have been around for a few years, and they’re pretty mainstream now that lots of people have discovered using them as a great low-carb substitute for pasta or the base of a low-carb bowl meal. In fact, you might find pre-cut zucchini noodles in the produce department of your favorite supermarket. I like zucchini made into noodles, but I do think it takes some attention to detail to turn them into a dish that’s really tasty. But through the years I’ve made some zucchini noodle recipes I really enjoyed and we’re entering the time of year when zucchini is abundant, so I hope some of these Low-Carb and Keto Recipes with Zucchini Noodles will inspire you to give them a try!
And of course some of my readers are in the Southern Hemisphere where winter is approaching, so I’ve also included ideas for using zucchini noodles in soup, which is one of my favorite ways to use them! I’m also including links for some delicious-looking zucchini noodle recipes from other bloggers; enjoy!
What are Zucchini Noodles?
Zucchini noodles are simply thin strips of raw zucchini that are used in a recipe in the same way as you might use wheat-based noodles. You can make zucchini noodles yourself (see below) or they are widely available to purchase in most supermarkets. And did you know that these noodles made with strips of zucchini are also called Zoodles by some people? (Use Spiralizer Recipes for all the zucchini noodle recipes or recipes that could be served with zucchini noodles on this site.)
How Do You Make Zucchini Noodles?
If you’re a zucchini noodle newbie, you might want to read my post about Three Ways to Make Zucchini Noodles. Then get yourself one of the three inexpensive gadgets (affiliate links) that can turn zucchini into noodles, and get cooking! Hope you enjoy trying some of these tasty ideas for zucchini noodles, and you can also make noodles from other vegetables if you have a Spiralizer (affiliate link) or one of the other sturdier gadgets for making vegetable noodles.
How do you Cook Zucchini Noodles?
Zucchini noodles can be eaten raw, but when I’m serving them with a heated sauce I like to heat some olive oil, season the oil with sliced garlic (which is then removed) and then cook the zucchini quickly over high heat for just a few minutes. I think that method perfectly softens and seasons the zucchini.
Dinners with Zucchini Noodles:
If I had to pick my favorite zucchini noodle dish it might be these Zucchini Noodles with Cherry Tomato Pasta Sauce. You have to check out this unique sauce that’s made with olive oil, garlic, cherry tomatoes, herbs, and hot pepper flakes!
Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad has Italian Sausage, roasted red peppers, olives, and green onions, plus a delicious basil pesto vinaigrette that bumps up the flavors.
Zucchini Noodles with Tuna and Green Olives are an amazing dinner made mostly with pantry ingredients; if you like tuna you have to give this a try!
Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles are not only low-carb, they’re also vegan for anyone who cares about such things! And there’s loads of flavor from onions, garlic, herbs, olives, and capers.
We loved the peanut-tahini sauce for this Ground Beef Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce, but you can use all peanut butter if you don’t have tahini.
Kara and I swooned over these Greek-Style Zucchini Noodles. They have all the flavors that make Greek Salad so good!
You’ll love the amazing peanut sauce for this Vegan Zucchini Bowl with Peanut-Sriracha Sauce.
Instant Pot fans will make this Instant Pot Pasta Sauce with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Herbs over and over, and there are stovetop instructions if you prefer that method. This sauce is perfect to serve over zucchini noodles, and some family members can have pasta too if that’s how it works at your house!
Tasty Soups with Zucchini Noodles:
More Dinners with Zucchini Noodles
Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Zucchini Pasta ~ Cook Eat Well
Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodle Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sausage Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Burrata ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Zucchini Noodles Salad with Parmesan and Walnuts ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry
Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Scampi ~ Low-Carb Maven
Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Pesto and Burst Tomatoes ~ Low-Carb with Jennifer
Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Feta ~ Joy Filled Eats