Veggie noodles are one of the best pasta alternatives! Making noodles with zucchini, carrots and squash (or any vegetables really) is a fun and tasty treat. We are a pasta loving family and still love to have this in it's place some nights.
What exactly are veggie noodles? Well none other then vegetables shaped as a noodle! This dish is really just zucchini, yellow squash and carrot mixed with a flavorful garlic sauce. You might have heard the term zoodle now as it has been floating around with the big push of the spiralizer, but I haven't heard of a term for the rest of them yet. Maybe I could rename this to zoodles, squoodles and coodles haha! But that sounds funny, right?
All jokes aside, this is a great dish. My "I don't like squash" half of the family absolutely loved this so you know it must be good! They used to only eat it as grilled zucchini until now.
Making the veggie noodles
I have to admit that I originally wasn't going to get a spiralizer, I had debated on it for over a year and just never said "yes, I need that!" All the talk of zoodles had me interested, but wasn't sure if I was interested enough to actually buy it.
How did I get it? Quite by chance honestly and no regrets! I had a gift card to a store and really wanted to get the sift and scale attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. Only problem was that they were completely sold out - even online (insert very sad face.) They did have the spiralizer so I decided why not? I have been loving it ever since! If you have a mixer and are looking to purchase this fun attachment - Get your attachments at Kitchenaid(affiliate link)
We also really like making spiralized beets in foil packets for the grill. 3 simple ingredients and flavor is amazing!
Does it have to be a stand mixer attachment?
No, absolutely not! As much as I love my mixer, I do know they are expensive for somebody if they are not going to use it as much as we do here. There are so many alternatives here.
You can probably go to your local store and get one that will work, or even off of Amazon. I have not consistently tried anything other then my KitchenAid one so I unfortunately cannot say for sure a particular brand, but they are a basic device and most should work well. You can usually find them for anywhere between $10-$30.
Being there are so many different kinds of gadgets, I cannot give exact directions for each. Please follow the instructions that came with your gadget when making these. I make my zoodles, squash and carrot noodles all with the same size. You can vary the size you want, just note that they might take a little longer (or less time) to cook.
A note if using the mixer attachment
I cut the vegetables in half and leave short ends on them so I don't lose much of the vegetable, but don't leave a long end on it or you will end up with some of it in the food. They often do not fit if you leave them whole.
Also note that with carrots, you need a thick carrot in order to properly spiralize it.
Putting this all together
First thing I do is spiralize the carrots and put them aside in a separate dish - use the thickest carrots you have. Please note that they will take a little longer to cook then the squash and zucchini. The zoodles and squash noodles can be in the same bowl as they will be added at the same time.
After your veggie noodles are ready, cut up your onion and garlic cloves. Heat up the saucepan over medium heat and add in the olive oil and butter. You can either do all butter or all olive oil if you prefer, just note that butter does burn a little easier if you are not careful (which is why I add the oil.)
Once it is heated, add in the onion and carrots. Cook for about 3-5 minutes - until the onions just start to become translucent. Add in garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for about a minute before adding in the zucchini and squash. Cook for about 5 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring fairly often so it all gets the heat more evenly.
As a note:
It is going to look like a lot in the sauce pan, but not to worry it will shrink down as it cooks. You do not need water for this, the veggie noodles have enough water in them to cook without sticking.
This is a base recipe that you can adjust to your taste. I like to sprinkle hot pepper and parmesan cheese on mine, but you might want to add other seasonings.
Veggie Noodles with Garlic Sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil see notes
- 2 tbsp butter unsalted, see notes
- 1 onion chopped, yellow or white recommended
- 3 cloves garlic minced or chopped
- 2 zucchini
- 2 carrots see notes
- 1 yellow squash
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Please follow the instructions of your spiralizer when spiralzing the noodles. We use a KitchenAid attachment here, but all spiralizers are different. We break the noodles up a little after making them, but this step is not required. Just note that they will be very long.
- First make the carrot noodles and set aside in a separate dish (they take longer to cook then squash.)Now make your zoodles (zucchini noodles) and squash noodles. They can be in the same bowl, they get added together.
- Chop your onion and garlic.
- Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add in the butter and olive oil. Once the butter is melted (or oil is heated if not using butter), add in the onion and carrots. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until the onions start to become translucent.
- Add in the garlic, salt and pepper. Stir to mix well.
- Add in the zucchini and squash and cook for about 5 minutes or until the noodles are at the desired consistency, stirring frequently so it gets heated and cooked evenly. They are ready to enjoy!