Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

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Recipe: #41428

August 14, 2023

"Better Homes & Gardens: Cook Healthy (2015)"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (115.5 g)
  • Calories 297.6
  • Total Fat - 28.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 10.6 mg
  • Sodium - 335.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 5.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 3.5 g
  • Protein - 6 g
  • Calcium - 185.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Using a spiral slicer, cut the zucchini into long strands; cut through the strands with kitchen scissors to make smaller pieces.

Step 2

In a skillet over medium high heat heat 2 tablespoons oil and then add the garlic, stirring for about 2 minutes or until the garlic starts to brown. Stir in zucchini, cook stirring with a minute or so. Transfer zucchini noodles to serving bowl.

Step 3

Add walnuts to skillet and cook and stir a minute or two or until toasted. Add to bowl with the zucchini.

Step 4

Stir in salt and crushed red pepper flakes; toss.

Step 5

Add 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet and the prosciutto and cook for a minute or until browned. Add to zucchini along with apple; toss. Top with the cheese; toss.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Choose zucchini that are firm and have a bright color.
  • For a milder flavor, use a milder type of cheese such as mozzarella or ricotta.

  • Substitute olive oil for walnut oil: Olive oil is a much more common pantry item and is a healthier option than walnut oil.
  • Substitute feta cheese for goat cheese: Feta cheese is a more affordable option and has a slightly tangier flavor than goat cheese.

Vegan Variation Replace the walnut or olive oil with vegan-friendly oil of your choice, omit the prosciutto, and replace the goat cheese with vegan cheese of your choice.

Roasted Asparagus: Roasted asparagus is a perfect accompaniment to this garlicky zucchini noodles dish. The asparagus adds a nice crunch and the roasted flavor pairs well with the garlic and walnuts. Plus, the asparagus is a healthy vegetable that adds vitamins and minerals to the meal.

Crispy Baked Salmon: Crispy Baked Salmon is a great accompaniment to this zucchini noodles dish. The salmon provides a nice contrast in texture to the noodles and adds a healthy source of protein. The salmon is also full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for heart health. Plus, the salmon's mild flavor pairs nicely with the garlic and walnuts in the dish.


Q: How do I cut the zucchini into noodles?

A: Use a spiral slicer to cut the zucchini into long strands. Then, use kitchen scissors to cut through the strands to make smaller pieces.

Q: How do I store zucchini noodles?

A: Store zucchini noodles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

1 Reviews


What a delicious side this made, but can see it being a main for lunch or so if you want to keep it simple. I don’t own a spiral slicer, so cut the zucchini thin and it worked great. Love, love the prosciutto addition and wasn’t sure if the apple would work, but it was fantastic here and wouldn’t change a thing. I skipped the goat cheese and substituted with Feta because that’s what I had on hand. So good and doggy earing this one for a do-again. Thank you, ellie, for sharing.


review by:
(9 Apr 2024)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The green apple used in this recipe is a popular ingredient in Italian cuisine. It was famously featured in the classic Italian opera, La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi.

Fun Fact 2: The goat cheese used in this recipe is a favorite of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. He often adds it to his dishes to add a creamy texture and a unique flavor.