I had heard all the buzz about using zucchini to create noodles, but it wasn’t until one of my dear friends recently gifted me with a spiralizer that I finally tried it out for myself. A few fresh zucchini and my new kitchen gadget was all I needed to experience the magic on zoodles. Now, I am fully aware that zoodles may be so last year and the current craze is the Instant Pot, but for those of you that may be a bit behind (like me), or if you are just looking for a new version of your zoodle recipe, here is my creation:
Creamy Zoodles with Bacon
For the zucchini noodles –
- 5 large zucchini, washed, dried, spiralized and patted dry again with a paper towel (try to remove any excess moisture)
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 1/2 T chopped fresh basil
- salt and fresh ground pepper
For the ricotta sauce –
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/3 cup 2% milk
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
For the tomatoes –
- 1/2 T olive oil
- 1/2 pint whole cherry tomatoes (only two people in my family like tomatoes, you may want to add more if more people like them)
- salt to taste
5 slices of Applegate or other nitrate free bacon
- Heat 1 T olive oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet.
- Add spiralized zucchini (zoodles); season with herbs, salt, and pepper and continue to cook and stir frequently until tender. It should take around 7 minutes.
- Remove zoodles from skillet and set aside.
- Heat 1 T olive oil in same skillet over medium and add garlic. Stir until fragrant (approx 1 minute).
- Stir in ricotta cheese and milk; season with salt and pepper and continue to stir until cheese is melted, creamy, and thoroughly combined. It should be ready in 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from hear and pour over previously prepared zucchini. Add salt and pepper if desired.
- In a small skillet, heat 1/2 T olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, sprinkle with salt and let them cook over heat, stirring occasionally, until they start to blister. Remove from heat.
- While the tomatoes are cooking, fry your bacon in a separate pan until it is slightly crispy. Remove from heat and remove any excess grease with a paper towel. Once cooled slightly, chop the bacon into 1 inch pieces.
- Serve tomatoes over the prepared zucchini and sprinkle the bacon over the top.
*The dish can easily become a vegetarian option by omitting the bacon; however, the bacon was my children’s favorite part. When in doubt, add bacon. 🙂
Anyone else have a favorite zoodle recipe? Now that I have a spiralizer, I am looking for some great ways to use it. Share a recipe or link in the comments if you have a favorite I should try!