5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles

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5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles – you only need 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this easy and healthy zucchini noodle dish your whole family will love!

Zucchini Pasta Dish with Parmesan Cheese and Spinach

Zucchini Noodles

Our 5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta recipe is one of our favorite weeknight meals. We probably eat it once a week. The other night I mixed things up and made 5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles. We ditched the pasta and used zucchini noodles instead!

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if my boys would appreciate the change so I had pasta close by, just in case I needed a backup. Well, the boys loved the zucchini noodles, especially Maxwell. He ate all of his helping and several bites of mine. He kept saying “MORE!”

Zucchini Noodles tossed with cooked spinach and parmesan cheese

Making Zucchini Noodles

I think the boys loved this zucchini pasta dish because it is delicious AND they had fun watching us make the noodles. We love involving our boys in the entire meal process so they appreciate the food more!

We got out our Inspiralizer and turned zucchini into curly, fun noodles in minutes. It is such a great kitchen tool! We love it and our boys love it!

If you don’t have an Inspiralizer or other zucchini noodle maker, you can use a julienne peeler to make zucchini noodles. Apply light pressure with a vegetable peeler along the sides of the zucchini. You can also use a mandoline. KitchenAid also makes a stand mixer attachment that makes zoodles.

Make sure you avoid the soft seeded core of the zucchini or your zoodles will end up soft and mushy.

How to make Zucchini Noodles

Fresh, curly zucchini noodles

How to Cook Zucchini Noodles

I love turning vegetables into noodles because they are healthy, tasty, fun to make, and fun to eat! You can use zucchini noodles as a replacement for all kinds of pasta, like Zucchini spaghetti. I kept the zucchini noodles recipe pretty similar to our zucchini pasta version, but used less butter and cheese to keep the noodles on the lighter side.

  • Tip: Make sure you don’t overcook the zucchini and spinach or they will get soggy. You basically just want to heat them up. We like the noodles on the firm side so we just cook them for 1-2 minutes…which is awesome because this is a quick and easy recipe! YAY!

How to cook Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodle Success!

Our boys were slurping up their zucchini noodles with big smiles! This 5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodle dish is going to be a regular at our dinner table. You should try it too! You only need five ingredients and twenty minutes! You can’t beat that!

If you like this zucchini noodle recipe, you might also like:

Zucchini Spaghetti Noodles with Spinach and Parmesan

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles

You only need 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this healthy zucchini noodle recipe!
4.73 from 11 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Spiralize the zucchini and set aside.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and add the garlic, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add in the zucchini noodles and spinach. Gently toss and cook until spinach leaves are wilted, about 2-3 minutes.  Stir in 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese and toss until zucchini noodles are coated in the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  3. Remove from heat and serve.
  4. Note-don't overcook the zucchini noodles and spinach or they will get soggy.
Nutrition Facts
5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 467mg13%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1930IU39%
Vitamin C 31mg38%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords

zoodles, zucchini noodles

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This looks yummy to me! I would definitely make if for the family but the carnivors would not enjoy it…lol…but I”m keeping the recipe for a night when it’s just me:)

  2. I have tried several zoodle recipes – I love spiralizing! I think this was the easiest and is my new favorite one. I paired it with skinny chicken parm and everyone loved it. Thanks!

  3. I made this for the first time tonight and love it! For protein, I added some shrimp and it was fantastic. Bravo for how quick it was to make make too!

  4. These were very tasty, though the kiddos will need some convincing yet. 🙂 Question – I sautéed the garlic and also some onion, then sautéed and tossed the zoodles for 2-3 minutes. I did want them a little softer, like a wheat noodle. But the zoodles released water by the time it was time for the cheese, it diluted my lovely Parmesan, and the end result wasn’t what I was hoping for because a lot of cheese and garlic were in the zucchini water rather than on the veggie. So, what did I do wrong? Next time, should I wring out the zoodles before cooking them? Thanks!

  5. I’m going to try this tonight, hope I don’t overcook it! It looks exquisite in the pictures. Also going to order the Spiralizer from your link, the one I’m using is not so good. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This was delicious and so easy to make! I accidentally overcooked the zoodles (it’s easy to do!) and ended up with a lot of water at the bottom of the pan so I just used the lid to drain as much of the liquid as I could then added salt, pepper and the cheese. It was very tasty and I think I like the noodles cooked a little so I will probably do it like that again the next time I make this . I also added 1/2 pound of shrimp with the butter and garlic before I added the zucchini and spinach and I think it paired very nicely with the dish. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I’m not really a fan of slamming people or things but here I can’t resist. Reading the blurb and recipe you think really can this be so good? Maybe to young children but to anyone looking for a taste bud fest forget it. This, to my mind,, is probably one of the most boring dishes l’ve ever made. Sorry.

  8. Hi there! What sides could u pair this with that would also be healthy? A fruit and what else? Beans Or brown rice? Can’t wait to whip this up.!☺ thank u!

  9. 4 stars
    I added shrimp and I cooked the leftover discs from spiraling. Waste not. Want not. Really tried to add photo but wouldn’t copy and paste for me?☹️

  10. 5 stars
    Love the ease and how quick this is to make for a weeknight dinner…and it was so good and healthy! Thank you for a great recipe.

  11. 5 stars
    Absolutely awesome! It’s so delicious it’s hard to believe how healthy and low cal it is. It makes a perfect side with “Orange Trout with Garlic and Herbs” recipe from the HyVee website.

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