If you haven't hopped on the spiralizing bandwagon yet, now's the time. The device, which turns vegetables like zucchini, cucumber, sweet potatoes, and carrots into thin spiral shapes, is a favorite gadget of nutritionists. It's beloved by those who are looking to cut gluten out of their diets for its ability to create vegetable "noodles" (here's a tip: A "zoodle" is a zucchini noodle). That said, you don't have to be gluten-free or a health nut to become a spiralizing fanatic.
Think of it as you would a mandolin or a shredder—a kitchen gadget that's anything but gimmicky. From an Italian-inspired classic made with sweet potato noodles to a vegan version of a Thai takeout staple made with strings of carrots, these 12 delicious recipes will put that spiralizer to good use.
Read on for 12 spiralizer recipes ideas that might just convince you to give up pasta (yes, really).
Sweet Potato Noodle Carbonara
The Recipe: Sweet Potato Noodle Carbonara
Why We Love It: This classic Italian dish, typically made with spaghetti, gets a spiralized twist with sweet potato noodles instead of traditional pasta. While you don't have to boil any water, you do have to soften sweet potato noodles in a skillet a bit. "You want the noodles to be soft, but still have the slightest bit of bite left in them so they have texture and hold their shape," says Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
Pro Tip: Watch your timing–"Don't cook the noodles longer than 10 to 12 minutes," Gerard advises.
Zucchini Noodles With Creamy White Lentil Sauce
The Recipe: Zucchini Noodles With Creamy White Lentil Sauce
Why We Love It: This 30-minute meal is perfect for busy weeknights. Top spiralized zucchini with a thick and creamy yet bright and fresh white lentil sauce made with green onions, basil, miso, and lemon for a quick and easy dinner. "[The sauce] appears a little thick at first (kinda like smooth guacamole), but I think this saucing strategy works best for zucchini noodles," says Laura Wright of The First Mess.
Pro Tip: If you can't find white lentils, any colored lentil will do; though just know the color of the sauce will be different.
Noodle-Free Pad Thai
The Recipe: Noodle-Free Pad Thai
Why We Love It: This noodle-free pad thai is packed with delicious veggies. Toss carrot noodles, collard greens, thinly sliced bell peppers, and cabbage with a savory-sweet-spicy sauce to make this Thai-inspired dish. "For more 'oomph,' I added a bit of crumbled tofu to mock the egg in traditional Pad Thai, but this is completely optional, especially if you're soy-free," says Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker.
Pro Tip: Add the protein of your choice to take it from a side to an entrée.
Sweet Potato Noodle Salad With Creamy Chipotle Miso Sauce
Why We Love It: In this spiralizer recipe, sweet potato noodles provide the base for a whole lot of delicious toppings for what could quite possibly be the ultimate, pasta-free pasta salad (and it's vegan-friendly, too). "Once you sprinkle in some wisps of fresh basil, golden toasted almond slivers, sprouts, and shelled edamame, you've got a bowl of very colorful and happy food," says Laura Wright of The First Mess.
Pro Tip: This recipe calls for raw sweet potato, though you can also lightly steam or sauté them–they'll just have a different texture, explains Wright.
Tahini Zucchini Noodles
The Recipe: Tahini Zucchini Noodles
Why We Love It: The tahini sauce recipe from Love & Lemons makes enough for sandwiches and salads long after you've devoured her zucchini noodle recipe. Add cubed tofu, kale, and lots of lemon to the zucchini noodles. "This tahini sauce is rich and creamy… while the cold zucchini noodles are on the lighter side," writes Jeanine Donofrio, of Love & Lemons.
Pro Tip: Garnish with fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, red chili flakes, and micro arugula sprouts if you can find some.
Salmon Curry Zucchini Noodles With Coconut Milk
The Recipe: Salmon Curry Zucchini Noodles With Coconut Milk
Why We Love It: While we may typically associate zucchini noodles with twists on classic pasta dishes, an Indian-inspired dish also works really well with a spiralizer. Try this salmon curry with coconut milk noodles, for example. "This Indian salmon curry is the kind of quick and easy dinner recipe that you just whip out of your back pocket on super busy weeknights when you wanna eat something yummy and satisfying," writes Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness.
Pro Tip: Top with minced fresh mint for garnish.
Zucchini With Greek Yogurt Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce
Why We Love It: It's hard to believe this creamy zucchini pasta dish is also low in calories, but it is. Better yet, you can make it with a spiralizer or a mandolin. "These zucchini noodles are covered with a creamy Greek yogurt, roasted red pepper pasta sauce for an easy, protein-packed, meatless dinner, that is under 300 calories," says Kiser of Food Faith Fitness.
Pro Tip: Top zucchini pasta with the roasted red pepper sauce, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh basil.
Zucchini Noodles With Tomato, Basil, and Parmesan
Why We Love It: Classic pasta ingredients get a less-carby spin, thanks to zucchini noodles. Marisa Moore's recipe is easy and quick to prepare with sautéed garlic, fresh basil, tomatoes, and grated Parmesan. "Serve it for a fall dinner party or quick weeknight meal," writes Moore, a registered dietitian nutritionist.
Pro Tip: Aim to eat this dish same-day, recommends Moore; zucchini contains a lot of water, meaning leftovers will end up mushy (read: Unappetizing).
Carrot and Zucchini Noodles Stir Fry With Shrimp
The Recipe: Carrot and Zucchini Noodles Stir Fry With Shrimp
Why We Love It: Orchids + Sweet Tea's vegetable noodle recipe's got the right amount of heat, thanks to ginger and red pepper flakes. Shrimp adds lean protein to spiraled carrots and zucchini. Garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil makes this a stir fry. "Not only is it bursting with color from the various veggies that are included, but it also has a nice hint of heat," writes Shanika, of Orchids + Sweet Tea.
Pro Tip: As an option, add a handful of chopped cashews for crunch.
Sweet Potato Noodles With Creamy Almond Sauce
The Recipe: Sweet Potato Noodles With Creamy Almond Sauce
Why We Love It: Taking a trip to Thailand with our tastebuds is as easy as making Sweet Potato Soul's vegetable noodle recipe, which was inspired by her solo travels to the country. Ginger, garlic, lime, and coriander (also known as cilantro) complement peanut or almond butter for a creamy, tangy sauce.
Pro Tip: Sub in jalapeño pepper in the absence of Thai chili.
Beet Noodles With Yogurt and Dill
The Recipe: Beet Noodles With Yogurt and Dill
Why We Love It: Refreshing yogurt and dill dressing is an ideal coating for warm beet noodles. Toasted pine nuts adds texture. Make Feasting at Home's recipe: Sautée beet noodles with garlic and shallot; add yogurt and dill, season with salt and pepper to taste. Including prep time, this vegetarian and gluten-free dish from is ready in 15 minutes.
Pro Tip: This recipe is best enjoyed immediately.
Zucchini Noodles With Pistachio Pesto
The Recipe: Zucchini Noodles With Pistachio Pesto
Why We Love It: Brown Sugar & Vanilla's recipe is equal parts zesty, garlicky, and crunchy. Pulse pesto ingredients in a blender (pistachios, garlic, parsley, lemon or lime juice, olive oil while the blender's going), then combine with zucchini noodles.
Pro Tip: Finish this dish with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon zest, and a pinch of sea salt.