15 Must-Try Zucchini Spaghetti Recipes

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Find out how to make zucchini spaghetti and how to include it in a healthy keto diet with these 15 zucchini spaghetti recipes

Zucchini spaghetti or zoodles are a favorite when it comes to keto, paleo, low-carb or Whole30 recipes.

No one is pretending that zucchini is basically the same thing as regular spaghetti, but it certainly does give you that “noodle sensation” without all the carbs. 

If you’d like to know how to make zucchini spaghetti and how to pair it with different ingredients, take a look at the FAQ and delicious recipes below…

Is Zucchini Spaghetti Good For You?

Zucchini spaghetti is loaded with nutrients and much lower in carbs than regular grain-based pasta.

Also, are zucchini noodles keto and is zucchini a good carb? When it comes to keto, zucchini is a good source of carbs because one full cup of raw zucchini contains about 2,4g net carbs. It’s very difficult to overeat this vegetable and go over your carb allowance.

Do You Eat Zoodles Raw Or Cooked?

Zucchini spaghetti can be eaten raw OR cooked. However, because they cook so fast, you’ll find most recipes with this ingredient will have them cooked.

How do you make zucchini noodles not soggy? According to this article, you can:

  • Lightly salt your zucchini spaghetti, wrap them in paper towels and let them sit for 10-15 minutes (so the salt can extract some of the moisture).
  • Use a salad spinner to drain any excess liquid after spiralizing.

1. Garlic Butter Chicken Bites with Lemon Zucchini Spaghetti

Garlic butter chicken bites with lemon zucchini spaghetti topped with fresh herbs in a black skillet on a white background.

Cooking recipes with fresh minced garlic is a good way to take advantage of the potent medicinal properties of this ingredient. Garlic helps to boost the immune system and has been found to prevent and reduce the severity of the flu or common cold (read more HERE).

  • Calories: 720
  • Carbs: 8g (net)

Find this recipe at Eatwell 101.

2. Chicken Zoodle Soup

Chicken zoodle soup using zucchini spaghetti in a red pot on a brown background.

Using a homemade chicken stock or broth as the base for a zucchini noodle soup has so many nutritious benefits. It is excellent for gut health and also reduces joint pain an inflammation. Read more about the health benefits of chicken broth in this article.

  • Calories: 227
  • Carbs: 12g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Damn Delicious.

3. Zucchini Spaghetti Bolognese

Zucchini spaghetti bolognese in a white bowl on a white background.

Spaghetti bolognese is one of those classic family dishes that never get old. However, if you’re doing keto, then you know that cutting out regular pasta is a must. A serving of wheat-based spaghetti has almost six times the amount of carbs as zucchini spaghetti! So, make the switch to zoodles for a delicious low-carb alternative.

  • Calories: 162
  • Carbs: 4g

Find this RECIPE at Cooking LSL.

4. Zucchini Noodle Puttanesca

Zucchini noodle puttanesca in a white bowl on a white background.

This keto spin on pasta puttanesca is loaded with healthy fats mostly from olives and then anchovies. Olives are high in vitamin E, which protects cells from damage and also protects eyesight. 

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Find this RECIPE at Paleo Leap.

5. Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp and Roasted Tomatoes

Zucchini spaghetti with shrimp and roasted tomatoes in a black bowl on a black background.

This quick and easy shrimp, tomato and zucchini noodle recipe is perfect for weekday lunch or dinner. Shrimp is rich in nutrients like iodine, which is absolutely essential for maintaining thyroid health and cognitive function.

  • Calories: 314
  • Carbs: 13g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Recipe Runner.

6. Creamy Sundried Tomato And Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Chicken

Creamy parmesan and sundried tomato chicken zoodles in a black skillet on a white background.

Make sure to always keep a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in your pantry. Using them is such an easy way to add flavor and depth to your keto dishes. They’re also rich in vitamin C, which reduces your risk of chronic disease.

  • Calories: 394
  • Carbs: 9.2g

Find this RECIPE at Cafe Delites.

7. Garlic Butter Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs

Garlic butter zucchini spaghetti and meatballs topped with fresh herbs in a black skillet on a white background.

These turkey meatballs and zoodles are a good option for a weeknight family dinner. Turkey is a great source of protein and also high in selenium, which is essential for healthy thyroid hormone metabolism. 

  • Calories: 367
  • Carbs: 3g

Find this RECIPE at Eatwell 101.

8. Shrimp and Zucchini Noodle Red Curry Bowl

Shrimp and zucchini noodle red curry bowl topped with fresh cilantro on a brown background.

The base of this delicious curry bowl uses coconut milk. This is a great ingredient to use when you want to add that exotic flavor or some thickness to your dishes. Coconut milk has also been found to improve digestion can also assist in weight loss. 

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Find this RECIPE at Vodka and Biscuits.

9. Keto Zucchini Spaghetti Carbonara

Keto zucchini spaghetti carbonara topped with fresh herbs in a white bowl on a white marbled background.

This rich and creamy zucchini spaghetti carbonara only requires 7 ingredients! A few basic ingredients kept in your pantry can really take you far with simple keto recipes. Using quality fat and protein in your recipes will keep you satiated and fueled throughout the day.

  • Calories: 844
  • Carbs: 9g

Find this RECIPE at Diet Doctor.

10. Tuna Tomato Zoodle Bake

Tuna tomato zoodle bake in a white dish on a brown wooden background.

Using canned tuna in your keto recipes (like the one above) is an affordable way to add some more high quality protein to your diet. Protein is necessary for maintaining muscle mass and strength and is also essential in regulating appetite and hunger levels. 

  • Calories: 263
  • Carbs: 9g (net)

Find this RECIPE here at Living Chirpy.

11. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

Zucchini noodles with pesto in a brown bowl on a light brown wooden background.

Making your own homemade pesto is a great way to add some flavor to your dishes. Keeping a jar of pesto in the fridge means that you’ll always have a quick meal on hand. Just do a quick sauté of zucchini noodles, mix in a dollop of pesto (add some form of protein if your like) – and you have yourself a tasty meal!

  • Calories: 224
  • Carbs: 5g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Two Peas & Their Pod.

12. Asian Chicken Zucchini Noodle Soup

Asian chicken zucchini noodle soup topped with red sauce in a green bowl on a brown background.

The great thing about many Asian dishes is the heavy use of cilantro, like the soup recipe above. Not only does it add flavor, but coriander is also full of immune-boosting antioxidants that demonstrate anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects (read more in this article).

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Find this RECIPE at Heather Christo.

13. Zucchini Spaghetti Marinara

Zucchini spaghetti marinara in a gray skillet with a white background.

Zucchini and tomato make a wonderful pairing. A well-cooked, rich tomato sauce can really transform your basic zucchini noodles into something spectacular. Topped with grated parmesan and you’ve got yourself a winner.

This recipe uses basic fridge and pantry ingredients, which means it’s one of those meals you can throw together in a flash when you don’t know what to make!

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Find this RECIPE at Gimme Some Oven.

14. Cream Cheese Zucchini Spaghetti

Cream cheese zucchini spaghetti topped with parmesan in a white plate on a dark gray background.

This awesome low-carb recipe needs only 5 ingredients and can be prepared in under 15 minutes. There’s a reason why cream cheese is a keto favorite. It’s an easy way to add creaminess and richness to an otherwise plain dish!

  • Calories: 107
  • Carbs: 3g

Find this RECIPE at Spend With Pennies.

15. Keto Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Shrimp

Keto zucchini spaghetti with pesto and shrimp topped with fresh herbs in a white bowl in a blue background.

The best recipes are the ones that can be prepared quickly. Using ingredients like zucchini and shrimp, which both cook really fast, is the best way to deliver a speedy dinner for those days when you really don’t feel like slaving away in the kitchen.

  • Calories: 390
  • Carbs: 5g (net)

Find this RECIPE at Gnom-Gnom.

In Conclusion:

Zucchini spaghetti is a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. It’s a great way to incorporate an alternative form of some of your favorite pasta dishes while skipping the carbs!

Did You Make One Of These Zucchini Spaghetti Recipes?

If you made one of these yummy recipes that we rounded-up for you – please let us know in the comments how it turned out for you! If you have any improvements or other awesome zucchini spaghetti recipes of your own – let us and other readers know as well!

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2 Comments

  1. zucchini loses a lot of moisture. Is there a way to avoid that? Like steaming and leaving it in a sieve and put it in a sauce just before serving to warm?

    1. Hi Miranda, in my experience people usually try to get rid of some of the moisture. So, I’ve never given much thought to the contrary – I think your idea of steaming the zucchini might work, or at least be worth a shot to try out!

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