5 Veggie Noodle Recipes To Make For A Healthier Pasta Dinner
Making pasta for dinner is easy and reliable, but it can get boring if you’re eating it every single night. Plus, eating carb-heavy noodles daily isn’t great for your health or your waistline. Luckily, with the popularity of veggie noodles on the rise, you can now recreate your favorite pasta dishes using vitamin-rich vegetables like summer squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini and beets.
Here are five yummy veggie noodle recipes to get you started. Many of these recipes instruct you to make your own veggie noodles from scratch by using a vegetable peeler, mandolin or spiralizer. If you’ve never used a spiralizer, you should know that they’re actually quite easy to use and you can buy one on Amazon for relatively cheap ($14.99). But if you don’t have the time or the patience to make your own homemade veggie noodles, you can buy pre-cut ones at your grocery store and substitute them into these recipes.
1. Shrimp With Zucchini Noodles And Lemon-Garlic Butter
This zucchini noodles recipe from Simply Recipes is a healthier take on classic garlic butter shrimp scampi. We like it because it combines veggies and protein while still being delicious. Even if you decide to make your own zucchini noodles from scratch, you can have this nutritious dinner ready in just 45 minutes.
2. Sweet Potato Pasta With Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Sweet potatoes are in season right now, which means that they’re more delicious than ever. What’s more, they provide the perfect texture for making healthier pasta dishes. This sweet potato pasta recipe from Food52 combines spiralized sweet potato noodles with gourmet tomato sauce.
3. Zucchini Noodles With Kale Almond Pesto
This zucchini noodles recipe from Destination Delish teaches you how to make a healthier pesto sauce using kale, almonds, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice by combining it all in a food processor. You can have the noodles and the sauce prepped and cooked in just 30 minutes.
4. Flounder With Carrot Noodles
It’ll only take you 25 minutes to make this flounder with carrot noodles recipe from Cooktoria. You can use a spiralizer on the “spaghetti” setting to make the noodles, or you can use your favorite store-bought variety. If you’d like, you can also swap out the carrot noodles in this recipe for ones made with zucchini, butternut squash, beets or sweet potatoes. The best part of this recipe? You only need one pot to make it!
5. Roasted Beet Noodles With Goat Cheese And Pecans
You know that goat cheese salad with caramelized nuts that always appears on fancy restaurant menus? Well, we imagine that this roasted beet noodles recipe from Inspiralizes tastes something like that… except for the fact that you can make it in just 10 minutes. (No, we’re not joking.)