Creamy, Cheesy, Zucchini Noodles

Somewhere between Alfredo and mac/cheese, you won’t miss the pasta with this creamy zoodle concoction.

creamy zucchini noodles

Well, 2018 has been another year of zucchini overload (aren’t they all!). We are now embarking on week 6 of zucchini almost every night, and the garden still has a couple of behemoths waiting to be picked.

Luckily, zucchini has recently had its day in the spotlight. All of a sudden, zucchini is popular everywhere as a pasta stand-in. Since I love pasta – but it doesn’t love me – and I have a plethora of zucchini, it’s been a year of zoodles, including this cheesy version that will have you (almost) forgetting about macaroni and cheese.

Creamy, Cheesy, Zucchini Noodles
Somewhere between alfredo and mac/cheese, you won’t miss the pasta with this creamy zoodle concoction.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
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  • 4 medium zucchinis
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken or vegetarian chicken
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2-6 drops hot sauce (optional)
  • Additional Parmesan to taste
  1. Wash and trim zucchini. Spiralize zucchini and set aside.
  2. Cook broccoli until crisp tender and bright green. Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet (I like to use a 14-inch skillet), heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken until warmed through. Remove from skillet.
  4. Add more oil if necessary. Add zucchini spirals and cook until just heated through, about 2 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add whipping cream and grated cheese. Toss to coat zucchini. Add hot sauce if using. Add broccoli and chicken and serve immediately.
  6. Top with additional Parmesan if desired.

Why Use Zoodles?

Zoodles are a healthy and satisfying substitute for pasta. Why would you possibly want to substitute for pasta? If you are gluten-free, zoodles are a good choice. Or if you are trying to eat low-carb, zoodles are a good choice. Or if you are trying to eat fewer calories, zoodles are a good choice. Or even if you are just trying to get more vegetables into your diet, zoodles are a good choice.

What’s with the Hot Sauce?

Add a few drops of hot sauce to any cheese dish to increase the cheesy flavor. Just a few drops won’t make the dish spicy hot, but will trick your tongue into thinking that there is more cheese than there is!

Can I Reheat Zoodles?

It’s possible to reheat zoodles, but I usually recommend against it. Zoodles are easily overcooked, resulting in mush. If for some reason you have leftovers – eat them at room temperature. They make a great cold dish too!

by Renee Pottle

Renee Pottle, a freelance writer and Home Economist, is fanatic about all things food. She blogs about canning and food preservation at Find her professional food writing info at

October 9, 2018

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