Gluten Free Zucchini Pasta

Substitute your spaghetti with these zucchini noodles in less than 10 minutes! A healthy alternative to spaghetti.

I’m engaged to an elite athlete, which results in a black or white meal time scenario in our house – either indulgent overeating on my behalf or what he considers to be food deprivation on his behalf.  I have finally found a happy middle ground.  I can still prepare his carbohydrate party pasta dishes; however, I can spend a few extra minutes preparing this zucchini pasta as a substitute for my spaghetti noodles.  We both leave the dinner table happy, and full.

Gluten Free Zucchini Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Gluten Free Zucchini Pasta


  • 2 zucchini squash, rinsed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • _Note: What is a spiralizer? Buy one here!_


  1. Cut the zucchini ends off and cut the zucchini in half. If you want to remove the greenness of the pasta, use a vegetable slicer to peel away the green skin. Place the zucchini squash on the spiralizer, utilizing the smallest blade type to create noodles. Crank the handle and spiral away, trimming the zucchini pasta every 8-12" or so.
  2. Preheat a skillet over medium heat, add a dash of extra virgin olive oil. Add the zucchini noodles and toss for approximately two minutes, throwing in a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  3. That's it! Now you have a scrumptious substitute for spaghetti, transforming all f your favorite pasta dishes into a gluten free, vitamin rich paradise. Garnish with sauce of your choice or keep it light with cilantro and lime. The opportunities are limitless, this recipe is merely a canvas for meal time creativity!


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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Trauma Emergency Department Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is an athlete ambassador with GoMacro, Arcteryx Denver, and CAMP USA. She is a seasoned presenter and has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 118 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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