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!
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!”
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 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!
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:
- Asian Cucumber Noodle Salad
- Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad
- Zucchini Noodles with Pesto
- Summer Zucchini Noodle Salad
- Cucumber Noodles with Peanut Sauce
- Greek Cucumber Noodles
5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles
- 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
- Spiralize the zucchini and set aside.
- 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 ¼ 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.
- Remove from heat and serve.
- Note-don't overcook the zucchini noodles and spinach or they will get soggy.
Have you tried this recipe?
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A wonderful recipe and a discount! This day already starting off with a BANG! So easy and simple, your kids love it, it looks amazing, and it takes like a fraction of the time normal noodles would take! I’m in love 🙂
Stunning! Can’t wait to share with our readers 🙂
Thank you! xo
Mmmm! This sounds delightful and I’m thinking it needs to be dinner tonight!
This looks really good!
Love the short ingredient list and the zoodles!!
Yum! What a great way to eat zucchini!
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:)
I added turkey meatballs and carnivore was happy!
I’ve got a zoodler that is begging to be used on these!
spiralizers are life changing!!
So super simple. I love a reason to use my Spiralizer!
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!
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!
I love this recipe. Is it freezable? I would love to make a large batch and portion it out to freeze
I haven’t tried freezing it. Let me know if it works for you!
Thanks for sharing! One of our favorite veggie recipes for main or side. So quick and fun to make.
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!
You don’t need to cook them for very long. If you overcook they will get soggy.
I would cook the spinach separate since will create alot of water
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!
I am in LOVE with zoodles!! I’ve been following a strict vegetarian diet for a few years now, and I can’t believe I only just made zoodles a few months ago!! What was I waiting for?!?! I topped mine with some homemade vegan lentil bolognese sauce and they were delish. I’m going to try this recipe the next time I make them!
This is delicious!!
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!
Loved this idea! Hey guys, I’ve got a great recipe to go with Zucchini Noodles and its Cajun Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles. Check it out over here
Delicious and super easy! Will definitely make again!
Can I use oil instead of butter??
I just made this, added cherry tomatoes, onion, and shrimp and it was so good!! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much for these! I’ll be sure to try them out next time! I’ve got my own recipe as well. I’ve made Cajun Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles and it tastes so amazing! For my recipe, as well as how to make zucchini noodles WITHOUT a spiralizer, head to my blog here:
Are you using fresh or frozen spinach?
I use fresh.
Frozen worked for me!
Would chicken breast work with this as a protein?
Do you think I could use frozen spinach?
It will have more liquid, so squeeze it out first.
Excellent and easy to prepare. Added ground turkey, Rao pasta sauce, and Italian seasoning. Hubby loved it.
Have made this several times. Delicious! I also add 1/2 lemon juice.
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.
Why would you even waste your time posting a negative comment like this? Don’t like it, move on…
Delicious! I did add some edamame and some bacon for a very tasty dinner.
Absolutely delicious and easy to make.
Yay! Glad you liked the recipe.
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!
Fruit, a green salad, any vegetable side, you can adds bean, chicken or fish for protein.
OMG, made this for dinner, delicious. Only served 2 tho
Omg, this was delicious
Super delicious and quick to make! Definitely will be making again! Thank you!
Glad you liked the recipe!
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?☹️
Love this recipe, just yum
I’m going to try this recipe! I have all of the ingredients at home except the spinach! Great for a Meatless Monday!
Family loved it even the 8 year old who is very picky
Excellent with hamburger and a little spaghetti sauce
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.
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.
absolutely delicious! I added pine nuts to mine and it was amazing
Simple and delicious. Everyone here enjoyed it. The second time I made it, there was a large amount of liquid, so look online as well for tips on how to remove as much liquid as possible before you cook the noodles. Definitely a great side dish.
This recipe turned out good along with some additions I decided upon.
The recipe looked appealing so I decided to try it out. I ended up adding two chopped tomatoes, 4 more tbs of butter, a little water and Caribbean Seasoned Salt.
So easy and delicious. I have trouble getting my husband to eat many cooked veges. He actually said I can add this to our recurring side dishes.
Very quick, easy and delicious! Made it for breakfast and topped with 2 fried eggs. Perfect!
Anyone know if this can be made ahead of time and packed for the next days lunch? Thanks!
Do you use fresh spinach or frozen please?
I use fresh!
First time making doodles.This was delicious.
So easy yet delicious!!! Always a go to for a side dish in our house.
I loved it!!! That’s is one of my favorite dish now.
Fantastic very flavorful
Excellent! Thank you!
I added ground turkey. I love this recipe. thanks.
This was such a simple and fast recipe, but it tastes great!
I amm on low carb and missed Spaghetti and Butter, added a Squeese of Lemon, Delicious ‼️
We used evoo instead of butter, and added a squeeze of lemon to it, Loved the recipe. It was simple, quick, and very tasty!