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Today I’m featuring a riff on my sister’s Zucchini Ribbons by spiralizing my summer squash and serving up these Zucchini Noodles with Parmesan! 

Zucchini Noodles with Parmesan in a white bowl on a red napkin

Zucchini Noodles with Parmesan or “Zoodles”

I have to admit I purchased a spiralizer over a year ago. It still sits unopened in my pantry gathering dust. When OXO offered to send me their Hand-Held Spiralizer, I jumped at the chance.

A compact version that I could store in a drawer seemed like it would get much more action (it couldn’t get any less!!!). Zoodles, a relatively new term combining the words zucchini and noodles, have hit the foodie world by storm. Cutting zucchini into noodles is a healthy, low-carb alternative to pasta and folks have been topping them with myriad sauces and utilizing them in salads and more.

Zucchini Noodles with Parmesan in a white basket weave bowl with a red handle fork

How to Make Zucchini Noodles or Zoodles

These Zoodles were a snap to make! I also spiralized some yellow summer squash for an even more colorful dish. Cut the ends off the squash, insert the cut end into the coring blade, then twist to start the process. In no time at all, you’ll have bowlful of spiralized zucchini and summer squash ready to saute.

Next pat the veggies dry, which will help them saute not steam, cut some of the longer strands into more manageable lengths and fire up a non-stick frying pan. Within minutes this side dish is ready to roll. Here is a bit more info plus a few tips, courtesy of OXO:

  • Creates uniform, curly noodles from zucchinis, cucumbers, and other long vegetables
  • Open blade design also accommodates round vegetables like regular or sweet potatoes
  • Food holder keeps hands safe and acts as a cap for safe storage
  • Handle on food holder is easy to hold and turn down to the end of vegetables
  • Non-slip grip for comfortable spiralizing
  • Great for making curly fries, frittatas, desserts and more
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • Perfect for low-carb, diabetic or gluten-free diets
  • Creates fun garnishes for salads or meal toppings
OXO hand spiralizer

Zucchini Noodles with Parmesan

Zucchini Noodles with Parmesan

A healthy, delicious way to enjoy summer squash!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 3 servings


  • 2-3 medium summer squash (zucchini and yellow summer squash), straighter is easier to spiralize
  • 1 tablespoon each butter & olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved or diced red bell pepper, optional
  • A generous pinch or two of kosher salt
  • Fresh thyme leaves or thin strips of fresh basil
  • Shaved or grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Using your Hand-held Spiralizer make squash "noodles," cutting long pieces in halves or thirds as needed.
  2. In a large saute pan melt the butter, add the olive oil and garlic. Saute briefly to infuse the garlic flavor. Add the squash noodles, tomatoes or red bell pepper if using, and turn to coat with the butter and oil, and gently cook until heated through - just a few minutes. Squeeze the lemon on top and sprinkle with salt. Toss with Parmesan, fresh herbs and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 204mg Carbohydrates: 30g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 21g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
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30 comments on “Zucchini Noodles with Parmesan”

  1. I really want one of these cutters, they’ve been on my mind for a while. Perhaps I’ll make sure I have one safely tucked away before next year’s zucchini onslaught:@)

  2. Lucky you! I’d love one of these, we just use our mandolin with the narrow blades. We use zoodles under everything that needs pasta, just love them. I nuke mine with a little water to steam, but I love the recipe you’ve created, so much flavour. I know what’s on my shopping list, oxo’s spiralizer!

  3. I love OXO spiralizer and have to’s the best spiralizer compared to two I purchased. So easy to use and makes kitchen prep so easy. Now that i’m so into spiralizing, I can’t wait to try this zoodles with parmesan. Yum!

  4. This is so colourful, I’ve tried courgette raw before and really like the taste so as spaghetti I bet it would be good too.

  5. I just got a spiralizer recipe book but no gadget. I made such a dish once and it was delicious plus great for no turning on the stove too much during a heat wave. May have to get it. Shared on my blog’s fb page!

  6. YES! I love it! I love zucchini noodles! It’s so so awesome! Thanks so much for this!

  7. I love love zucchini noodles. They are almost all I eat anymore haha

  8. That’s a really cool kitchen gadget, isn’t that? The zoodle looks very delicious.
    Have a great weekend!

  9. I’m behind on the zoodle wagon, but i’m going to try them before summer is over! These look tasty and fun!

  10. Look wonderful Lizzy! I need this cool gadget :)))

  11. I never spiralized any vegetable, and never saw one of those gadgets anywhere here, but the word zoodles has me laughing! And with parmesan, what doesn’t get better right?

  12. My yellow and green zucchini are just starting to grow in my garden – can’t wait to make this!

  13. I think this is a meal my personal trainer would approve of. I’m quite sure I’m also guilty of having a few gadgets at the back of my pantry that are still in boxes. I don’t have a spiriliser as yet but I do like the look of the hand-held gadget xx

  14. How funny, my sister turned up to take me out for breakfast this morning and the conversation turned to zoodles and spiralizers. My feeling was that it might be one of those gadgets that seems like a great idea but ends up in the back of the cupboard after a few enthusiastic uses. As you say, a hand-held spiralizer you can fling in a drawer will probably get more use. Will be trying this recipe, Liz, and passing it on to my super-healthy sister too.

  15. Lizzy,
    I’ve never made zucchini noodles. They look delicious.
    I’ve also purchased kitchen gadgets with good intent before and done the same thing you’ve done.

  16. Delicious looking dish. Sounds like the OXO’s Hand-Held Spiralizer is a handy tool.

  17. I have yet to try eating or making zoodles, but I’m trying to cut way down on carbs. I need to get on the spiralizer bandwagon! This one looks really easy to use, and my tiny kitchen definitely needs tools to be on the small side. I think I’ll pick one up! Thanks, Liz 🙂

  18. I becoming embarrassed that I have yet to try this…you REALLY make me want to eat zucchini!

  19. I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t spiralized anything yet, it all looks so healthy and delicious, I need to get on board!

  20. This is summer in a bowl and the spirals are so fun!

  21. Like your technique of giving them a quick saute. I haven’t been wild about the idea of raw zoodles that I’m seeing in lots of recipes. And talk about pretty! Well done, Liz!

  22. I love making zoodles. Yours look perfect with the OXO spiralizer! This is the perfect healthy and flavorful dish!

  23. I’ve been seeing so many spiralizer recipes I think I’m just going to have to go buy one soon! I’m so inspired and these Zucchini Noodles look SO good!

  24. This sounds like a great spiralizer. I have a handheld one that I am not terribly crazy about because it can’t handle large garden grown zucchini. This looks like it should be able to handle most anything my garden can throw at it!

  25. This is a handy little device and your dish is so vibrant! Bet it tastes just as good as it looks.

  26. What a great dish!! For me it’s a whole meal, and I happen to love zucchini 🙂
    I don’t cook, but I think I’ll ask my housekeeper to make it

  27. i totally need to hop on this zoodles bandwagon! This looks delish!

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