How to Make Zucchini Spaghetti Cuts

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Gathering with your loved ones for a heaping plate of spaghetti might be a tradition for your family, but when you consider the carbs and calories, making a healthier option just might be a smart idea once in a while. While it might be hard to believe, zucchini can actually be cut in a way that it resembles the texture and look of spaghetti noodles. Cooking zucchini "spaghetti" is an easy way to fool kids (and adults) into eating a healthy dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Four large zucchini
  • Slicer tool
  • Two cloves minced garlic
  • Pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetables, if desired
  • Pasta sauce, if desired
  • Slice your zucchini lengthwise into thin strips using a mandoline or an extremely sharp knife. You also can use a slicing machine; Steamy Kitchen recommends the Saladacco Spiral Slicer. The cuts of zucchini should resemble spaghetti noodles.

  • Cover the bottom of a nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat it up until it simmers, then add all of the minced garlic into the pan. Let it sizzle for about 15 seconds.

  • Place the zucchini "noodles" in the pan and add extras such as vegetables or herbs at your discretion.

  • Cook until the zucchini is slightly soft fo about one minute. Sprinkle the finished "noodles" with salt and pepper to taste, then serve. Pour a light pasta sauce over the zucchini or serve it on its own for a lighter dish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Serve this dish on its own, or as an accompaniment to an entree like chicken or pork chops.
  • Take care when slicing the zucchini and keep any sharp tools away from children.
  • Avoid cooking the zucchini too long, as it could get mushy.

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