Nothing says comfort like a big bowl of pasta but did you know that a serving of pasta is only 2 ounces? That means a 1-lb. package of pasta is supposed to feed 8 people. What??? That’s crazy! Now that it’s summer, we all want to eat lighter but we still want our favorite dishes including pasta. If we make noodles out of vegetables, however, we can eat a big bowl and feel good afterwards. Making spiralized noodles out of vegetables is hot and it’s easy to see why. We get to eat delicious noodle dishes without all the carbs and calories.
Use a spiralizer to make long noodles out of carrots, zucchini, eggplant, kohlrabi or almost any long veggie. There are many Top Rated Spiralizers on the Market to Try. If you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t worry, you can make veggie noodles with a vegetable peeler. Use a julienne peeler to make thin noodles similar to those made by spiralizers or use a regular veggie peeler to make wide ribbon noodles. See How to Make Vegetable Noodles without a Spiralizer to learn more.
Then learn about all the different types of veggie noodles you can make in Switch Up Your Pasta Game – How to Use Spiralized Veggies as Noodles and How to Turn Any Vegetable or Fruit Into a Grain-Free Noodle and the Best Ones for the Job. You can even make healthier Raman dishes – see Way Beyond Instant Noodles: How To Make Ramen Healthy and Fulfilling. Ready to get started? Here are 15 spiralized veggie noodle dishes that will lighten up your summer meals but still keep you happy and satisfied.
1. Zucchini Pasta With Basil Hemp Pesto
Break in your new spiralizer and make this Zucchini Pasta. The spiralized zucchini noodles are tossed in a pesto made from fresh basil, spinach, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and even more zucchini. It’s a light dish that’s not at all light on flavor.
2. Carrot Beet Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy Pine Nut and Pistachio Pesto
Carrots and beets are spiralized into Angel Hair Pasta that’s not only light but so colorful. It’s tossed with a spicy pine nut and pistachio pesto for a luscious, rich dish. You can even have seconds and
3. Vegan Creamy Ginger-Coconut Kale Zucchini Spaghetti
You can’t get greener than this Kale Zucchini Spaghetti dish. It’s got spiralized zucchini noodles, fresh basil and green peas. The sauce is green too because it’s got kale mixed into the cashews and coconut milk. This dish makes it easy to be green.
4. One Pot Spiralized Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower)
This One Pot Spiralized Aloo Gobi is a new take on a classic Indian dish. Spiralizing potatoes yields more than cubing them so you can get more servings out of fewer potatoes. The potato noodles are paired with cauliflower and cooked in a fragrant cashew cream and tomato sauce for a light and exotic meal.
5. Fettuccine Alfredo With Zucchini Pasta & Cauliflower Sauce
If you think you can’t eat light and have Fettuccine Alfredo, we’re here to tell you that you can. This fettuccine is made with spiralized zucchini and the Alfredo sauce is made from cashews and cauliflower. Dig in, it’s healthy. Really.
6. Buffalo Cauliflower With Sweet Potato Noodles
Two favorite dishes come together in one light and healthy transformation. Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles and cauliflower are roasted and then tossed in a Buffalo cashew cream sauce that is out of this world.
7. Miso Roasted Tomatoes and Spiralized Carrot Noodles
In this Miso Roasted Tomatoes and Spiralized Carrot Noodle dish, carrot noodles take the place of whole wheat pasta. While the tomatoes roast, their flavors deepen, sweeten and as they burst, the miso seeps into them for an incredible flavor combination.
8. Kohlrabi Spaghetti alla Foriana
Try spiralizing veggies that are new to you for a change from the usual zucchini noodles. This Kohlrabi Spaghetti alla Foriana uses an underappreciated vegetable to make noodles. They get cooked in a sauce made with walnuts, pine nuts and garlic for an intense and delicious flavor.
9. Vegan Zucchini Noodle Japchae
Spiralized zucchini noodles are cooked with spinach and shitake mushrooms to make this Zucchini Noodle Japchae. The sauce is simple but full of flavor. You’ll love this savory dish.
10. Sofrito Zucchini Pasta With Beans and Lightly Fried Plantains
Take a break from your usual Italian pasta sauce and go Spanish instead with this Sofrito Zucchini Pasta. Made with sweet bell peppers, salty olives and bright cilantro, the sofrito sauce is packed with flavor. It’s served with lightly fried plantains and beans for a delicious dish.
11. Sweet Potato Noodles and Coconut Curried Veggies
In this dish, Sweet Potato Noodles made a bright, colorful and delicious base for a big bowl of curried veggies. Carrots, shitake mushrooms and cauliflower are cooked with creamy coconut milk and spicy curry powder for a light, healthy meal that’s quick and flavorful.
12. The Best No Noodle Pad Thai
This No Noodle Pad Thai is one of those dishes you’ll make over and over again. Golden beets and carrots are spiralized into noodles and tossed with an amazing and flavorful sauce. Mung bean sprouts and chopped peanut add texture and crunch to this lighter and healthier version of pad Thai.
13. Baked Falafel and Cucumber Noodle Salad With Mint-Tahini Dressing
This Cucumber Noodle Salad is going to be your favorite summer dish. While the baked falafel steal the show, the cucumber noodles work their own magic to make a crunchy and refreshing salad. The mint-tahini dressing makes every bite flavorful and tangy.
14. Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad
This Tomato Basil Salad screams summer – the basil, tomatoes, garlic and white balsamic infuse the broccoli and make a real summer treat. The spiralized broccoli stems are a great way to put some green in your noodles.
15. Vegan Eggplant Noodles
Once you get some practice making all these different types of veggie noodles with your spiralizer, give these Eggplant Noodles a try. It’s a little harder than the other veggies because of the texture of the eggplant but it’s worth the effort because they are delicious.
With all these veggies turned into delicious noodles, you might never eat regular pasta again. This is the perfect way to lighten up summer dishes and still get all the flavor and satisfaction of your favorite comfort food.
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