Guilt-Free Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles

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4 (about 2 lb) Zucchini medium
3 tbsp Olive oil extra virgin
1 tbsp Garlic minced
¼ to ½ tsp Red pepper flakes crushed, depending on how spicy you like the pasta
2 (about 12 oz) Tomatoes medium, chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese shredded, plus more for serving
1 cup Basil leaves, torn into pieces
1 tsp Cornstarch
2 tsp Water cold
Salt to taste

Nutritional information

14.3 g
11.2 g
10.7 g
7.2 mg
471.4 mg

Guilt-Free Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles


I adore this healthy, Guilt-Free Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles recipe. It is jam-packed with wholesome ingredients like zucchini, tomatoes, basil, and garlic. If I’m feeling hungry, I swap out half of the zucchini noodles for spaghetti. To make this recipe vegan, simply replace the Parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast or your favorite vegan cheese.

To make this delicious recipe, start by spiralizing zucchini. Heat oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes and add zucchini noodles. Cook until al dente. Add tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan briefly and transfer the noodles, tomatoes, and basil to a serving dish using tongs. Leave the liquid in the skillet. Bring to a simmer and add a cornstarch mixture to thicken. Taste and season and pour the sauce over the zucchini, tomatoes, and basil. Garnish with Parmesan and serve immediately.

To make the Guilt-Free Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Guilt-Free Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles


Spiralize zucchini


Trim the end of the zucchini. Spiralize zucchini noodles to the length of spaghetti.


Heat oil and garlic


Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet with 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and ¼ - ½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes and heat until the oil begins to bubble around the garlic.


Cook zucchini


Add the zucchini noodles and toss for 5-7 minutes until cooked al dente. Ensure that all the noodles hit the bottom of the skillet.


Add tomatoes


Add 2 medium chopped tomatoes, 1 cup of torn basil leaves, and ½ cup of Parmesan cheese (if using). Cook for one minute.


Transfer to serving plate


Transfer the cooked noodles, tomatoes, and basil to a serving dish using tongs. Leave the liquid in the skillet.


Make sauce


Simmer the remaining liquid in the skillet. Add a mixture of 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 2 teaspoons of cold water. Cook, while whisking for about 1 minute until the liquid thickens.




Taste the sauce and season to taste with salt.


Add sauce


Drizzle the sauce generously over the cooked zucchini on the serving plate.



Garnish with more Parmesan cheese (if using) and serve immediately.

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