Zoodles, noodles made from zucchini, are the vegetable garden鈥檚 answer to the carb-heavy pasta that most of us know and love. All you need is a spiralizer or even just a vegetable peeler to make long strands of the abundant, affordable veg that can sub for spaghetti, fettuccini, and even ramen noodles. Try one of these Brit + Co original recipes 鈥 and don鈥檛 be surprised the next time your pasta craving turns into a zoodle craving!

1. Zoodle Marinara: Trying out a new ingredient doesn鈥檛 have to be a huge undertaking. Start simple with a recipe you already know and love, then just swap the traditional ingredient (spaghetti) for something new (zoodles!).

2. Olive Garden-Inspired Spiralized Primavera Pasta: The Olive Garden introduced us to the glory of pasta primavera. If you鈥檙e craving a lightened-up pasta dish, adding more veggies is always the answer. Replace some of your spaghetti with spiralized zucchini for a gateway into zoodle cookery.

3. Almond Pesto Zoodles: Pesto鈥檚 basically a staple around here, so we鈥檙e always looking for new ways to serve it. Instead of pricey pine nuts, this recipe relies on almonds for a hint of nutty richness and zoodles to keep the meal from getting too heavy.

4. Colorful Zoodle Pad Thai: Colorful zoodle pad Thai is a fun dish to serve on warm nights when you鈥檙e craving lots of lightly cooked veggies. Add some peanuts for crunch, and you鈥檙e in business.

5. Stir-Fried Garlic Zoodles: If you鈥檙e hankering for a healthy meal on the fly, give stir-fried zucchini noodles a try. Simply season with garlic, soy sauce, and a touch of brown sugar, and serve as an entre茅 or a side.

6. Whole30 Chicken Zoodle Soup: If you鈥檙e following a particular diet, it can be a bummer to not be able to enjoy your favorite comfort foods. Zoodles are compliant with almost every major diet, and thanks to them you can have a warm and soothing bowl of soup whenever you please.

7. Creamy One-Pot Lemon Shrimp Zoodles: The tangy flavor of lemon is outstanding with both shrimp and zucchini. It makes sense that you鈥檇 pair them in this dish along with a creamy but not-too-heavy sauce that鈥檒l make you want to lick your plate clean.

8. Vegan Pesto Zoodles: Traditional pesto made with Parmesan isn鈥檛 vegan. Simply swapping the dairy for cheesy-tasting nutritional yeast makes it so that any vegan diner can get their fix of this classic Italian recipe.

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