How to Make Zoodles

January 10, 2017   17 Comments

I didn’t know how to make zoodles (zucchini noodles) until today. I am wondering what took me so long.

How to Make Zoodles

Last year, I wrote about grating zucchini into pasta in a pasta and zucchini recipe and I used a box grater. Many commenters told me to get it together and use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. I also sliced zucchini for my baked zucchini lasagna.

I hate getting a new thing for the kitchen because I have nowhere to put it but I decided to e-mail Paderno to get my hands on one of these slicers (see above). The concept – make low carb pasta with vegetables – is a REALLY good one. Anytime you can eat more vegetables, I am for it.

My friend, Marj, has one of these but she says it is collecting dust in her cupboard. She used it, liked it, and then forgot about it. I am hoping I will love mine!

It comes with three blades so that you can make different kinds of “noodles”. I was attempting the classic zoodle so I chose the one in with the small holes. The instructions were easy to follow – slide in blade, attach comb to crank, attach zucchini to comb, and then spin it.

Check it out! Zoodles! This was fast, simple, and (dare I say it) fun! I cranked along spitting them out until I finished one zucchini.

I decided to use two large zucchinis (zoodled) for a simple recipe involving packaged pesto and chickpeas. See below for the recipe. I was in a hurry (as I frequently am) and didn’t want to invest too much in these zoodles in case they were terrible.

Are these zoodles like actual pasta? No. But, they are seriously good anyway. Forget about pasta and simply enjoy the zucchini. The shape allows them to pick up the pesto and the beans add a texture to break up the noodles.

This was delicious and I was convinced I was going to hate them. Below, I have listed the best selling “Inspiralized” book. I haven’t read it but I hear it is good. I may save reviewing it for another day.

You can read more about the Paderno Tri-Blade Spiralizer on Paderno's website. I think it worked well.

Have you tried zoodles? What did you think?

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Pesto Zoodles with Chickpeas Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 4, 1 cup servings

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3 tablespoons pesto
½ cup canned garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained and rinsed
2 large zucchinis, cut into zoodles
salt and pepper to taste


In a large skillet, heat pesto and beans for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add zucchini noodles and sauté for five minutes until zucchini is soft but still firm to the bite. Adjust with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

For one cup = 168 calories, 6.7 g fat, 1.2 g saturated fat, 21.3 g carbohydrates, 6.2 g sugar, 7.9 g protein, 6.3 g fiber, 100 mg sodium, 4 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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I've been making "zoodles" for at least a couple of years and love them! I don't use recipes specifically for them. Rather, I replace pasta with them or use them in combination. It's surprising how many dishes you can tuck them into without a change in flavor. I'll use them with bolognese or go half and half. I keep an unsealed (so they don't get soggy) bag of zoodles in the fridge and they keep for several days. Use them in soups, lettuce wraps, casseroles. I think you'll be surprised how many favorite dishes can be lightened up with them. BTW, don't overcook them. If adding to a dish, I usually microwave them only long enough to heat - 30 seconds or so depending on the quantity.

I used Veggetti to make zoodles, and they come out great. It's cheaper a less bulky. Don't want any more large gadgets in my kitchen!

It actually comes with 5 blades. I got this as a Christmas present and on the box it said 5 blades but I only saw 3, as you showed. If you look at those 2 drawer like things on the slicer, you'll see that those can be pushed out by the tab on the back and you'll have 2 more blades for a total of 5. I used this for the first time this past weekend with my granddaughter and we had fun cooking the different shapes using different spices.

Oops Sorry, I got the same slicer and it came with 5 blades. Just noticed that you have the Tri Blade one. Anyway, it worked great with zucchini. I'm going to try some other veggies this weekend.

Seconding the vote for the Veggetti. It's like a pencil sharpener for your zucchini and it works really well. No assembly required. It's cheaper and it takes up very little space in a drawer. The noodles come out looking just like those in the picture above. The only drawback with the Veggetti is that it's not up to "noodling" any hard vegetables, in the way that the traditional serializer might be. (Is that right, Snack Girl?)

we have the spiralizer and veggeti. bought the veggeti first, and while all of the above statements are true, it does zucchini and cukes just fine. However if you have arthritis you will tire of using it even for the softest veggies. I have personally spiralized butternut squash and sweet potato with the Paderno. Although now it seems every grocery store has ready-cut veggie noodles. It is a great tool!

Looks good, but I'd like to see some more recipes. I bought one, tried the noodles, but even with some spaghetti sauce, they tasted like eating grass. I gotta be doing something wrong.

I can't wait to get this, i have been using the Veggetti for a long time and yes it is like a pencil sharpener and seems to be some waste, as much as all grocery stores do carry all vegetables spiraled or riced, you are paying double and in some instances triple for very little veggies.

@Kevin -I was concerned they were going to taste like grass but the garlic, basil, olive oil combination was delicious with the zucchini. I am getting the Spiralized book and will test more recipes. Thanks for your comment!!

I asked my daughter for a spiralizer for Christmas, and she not only got me one (different brand from what you have), she also got me the book you mention. I have been reading the book, which is full of tips of things to do and things to avoid, but have not actually tried a recipe yet. I really need to find the time to try the recipes and shed the holiday pounds I am so unhappy with...

I typically use my julienne gadget, as I've had absolutely no luck with the Veggetti. Has anyone used the spiralizer attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer?

I have a paderno and like the concept of veggie noodles. I thought I would try

Sweet potato noodles. The paderno cracked. It is made of plastic, just wish they made one out of a more durable material.

I make a shrimp and noodle dish using half zoodles and half speghetti. My husband did not even notice the first time he ate this dish. I told him after it was half zoodles. He has asked me to make it several times since.

I have been using a veggetti. I am thinking of getting the kitchenaid attachment for spiralizing vegetables.…

Love love love zoodles! If you cannot make at home, I definitely suggest trying HungryRoot. They have wonderful meals online that are all made from veggies. (

I have a kitchen aid attachment for spiralizer so I can just detach and stash when not using. I go in spurts but it is also fun for making apples into spirals for the kids. I often spiralize a zucchini and just add to the regular pasta for spaghetti/sauce -it is better received that way!

Finally tried this, and it was great! Thank you! Also appreciate, very much, your pictures of the ingredients, and guidance. I didn't know you could get pesto in a jar like that, and found it in my local store. doh

seems delicious, will definitely give it a try

thanks for sharing

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