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Friday, January 15, 2016

Aglio e Olio Zoodles -N- Noodles (Garlic and Olive Oil Zucchini Noodles with Pasta)

Walmart had hand held spiral slicers for $2.88 so I finally decided to give one a try. While zucchini noodles are a great way to cut back on carbs and a fun way to add veggies to a meal I knew that I'd have to mix them with some spaghetti to be happy-and I'm glad I did:@) I chose a basic Aglio e Olio but wanted to mention that zoodles can be treated like any pasta and would be good with spaghetti sauce too.
I added the garlic to a cold pan with some olive oil and crushed red pepper, then cooked it as low and slow as I could. Some times I cook the garlic to a deep golden color, I kept this batch kinda light. My zoodles were added to the pan and simply warmed through, I wanted them to still have some bite. If you want them softer you can add them to the pasta pot when it only has about a minute left to cook.

 This inexpensive spiralizer worked fine for a nice soft veggie like zucchini.

Aglio e Olio Zoodles -N- Noodles for One
2 tsp olive oil
shake of crushed red pepper flakes
3 small/medium cloves garlic, sliced-I had a cold and went heavy on the garlic:@)
handful of zucchini noodles
S&P to taste
handful of spaghetti, cooked and drained
~Gently cook the garlic and crushed pepper in olive oil until it gets translucent and very fragrant.
~Add zucchini noodles and a hearty pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until zoodles are heated through.
~Add spaghetti and heat through.

Possible Additions:
parsley
lemon zest
Parmesan cheese
pickled peppers
fresh spinach

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

11 comments:

  1. Lynn, I think I would enjoy zoodles more if they were tossed in a pan with noodles and olive oil & garlic! Have fun spiralizing :)

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  2. I don't know about vegetables replacing pasta but I'd like playing around with spiralizing the vegetables before sautéing.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. good idea to add some spaghetti Lynn! My spiralizer has been gathering dust, it's time for some zoodles! Happy weekend!
    Jenna

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  4. This does look good! Maybe the grands would enjoy them also!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  5. I've tried to resist the temptation to buy a spiralizer but the best use would be for zucchini and if the 2.99 gadget works, maybe I'll budge. Looks delicious and I'll take the addition of regular pasta too!

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  6. That's so funny that you got one, as I saw one the other day on sale at Walgreens, but not as cheap as what you found at Wally World. I keep debating on whether I'd use it or not, but a small one, I wouldn't feel so bad about buying. Since I get zucchini a lot in the summer from my friends, I think it'd be fun. I like how you still mixed the zucchini with pasta!
    Happy Weekend, Lynn!

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  7. Beautiful color. I tried one of the inexpensive spiralizers and thought it just worked okay. HUbby got me a "better" one for Christmas. Haven't tried it out but this looks like a great recipe to try! Happy weekend!

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  8. I have been wondering if these gadgets work well - and it certainly looks like it does - I might pick one up and try your recipe - looks delicious!

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  9. I own TWO and have only used one of them. This looks like a terrific, flavorful recipe. Wish Bill would eat zucchini---but maybe he'll give it a try mixed with pasta :)

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  10. It looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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