My favorite instructional posts on this blog are about creating (grain-free as well as gluten-free!) zucchini pasta. In the past year, I made two different instructional videos to teach how you can make spaghetti with zucchini and how to make zucchini spaghetti fettuccine.
There are a couple of different tools you can use to make zucchini pasta but I typically use my spiralizer (pictured above on the right). The one that I own is a plastic spiralizer by Paderno World Cuisine that I ordered from Amazon. I’ve found that it’s easy to use, easy to clean, and has lasted a really long time.
Many people who visit my site are thrilled about this and are eager to cook spaghetti zucchini, yet, they don’t want purchase spiralizers. As a minimalist I recognize the anxiety you be experiencing before purchasing a new kitchen appliance. This is precisely the reason I came up with this guide.
If you’re looking to make zucchini noodles, but don’t believe you’ll find enough use for spiralizers or mandoline slicer, then a mandoline cutter will be your new most trusted friend. I was introduced to mandolin slicers a few years ago, when I was working in a raw food kitchen. Mandolins (pictured above , on right) is used to slice and cutting fruits and vegetables. The fruit or vegetable along the blade’s surface and it lets you cut the food quickly in a uniform manner, and also much shorter than using the knife.
I’ve had my mandoline for a couple of years now and when I’m doing large amounts of prep, it definitely saves me time in the kitchen. The mandoline I own is OXO Good Grips V-Blade slicer that I purchased off Amazon. I’ve used several different mandolines and this one is my favorite because it comes with a few different blades and it has a food holder with a handle that you can use to slice the fruits and veggies so you don’t have to worry about slicing your fingers on the blades (the old-school mandoline models don’t have this feature so beware).
Once you have a mandoline, making zucchini pasta couldn’t be easier! So let me show you how to make zucchini pasta with a mandoline slicer!
First you’ll grab your mandoline and install the Julienne Blade, which will allow you to slice your zucchini (or any fruit or veggie) into long, thin strips. On this particular model, you’ll adjust the width thickness of the slices to 3 mm.
The next step is simple: slice the ends off the zucchini and load it onto the food holder.
From here you’ll simply slide the zucchini repeatedly over the blades until the entire zucchini is sliced into long, thin strips. Look at that – you just made pasta!
As you can see in the photo above, there are a few differences in the zucchini pasta depending on the tool you use. First, the zucchini pasta created with the mandoline slicer is straight, whereas the spiralizer makes the pasta curly. Another difference is that the spiralizer cores the middle of the zucchini as it slices. The one benefit I’ve found with this is that the middle part of the zucchini tends to get mushy as it cooks and releases more liquid. Since the mandoline does not remove the inner part of the zucchini, just be aware that if you cook or saute the zucchini pasta, you’ll have to drain the excess liquid from the pan before serving.
Besides these two differences, the texture and taste of the pasta is fairly similar and zucchini pasta made with the mandoline can be prepared the same as any other spiralizer recipes.