Zucchini Noodle Alfredo Recipe

Jan 5 2016
Today's small change/big result? We're saving you hundreds of carby calories by swapping out traditional pasta for zucchini noodles... or as we like to say, Z'paghetti! We've also got a DIY all-natural Alfredo sauce with its own secret ingredient. You'll never look at pasta the same way again...

Zucchini Noodles 101

Why zucchini? Here's the skinny... A single cup of regular prepared pasta has around 200 calories and 40 grams of carbs (SmartPoints® value 5*). That's a lot for such a measly portion size. With cooked zucchini noodles, on the other hand, you can have TWO cups for about 70 calories and 14 grams of carbs (SmartPoints® value 0*). The zucchini also has about 4 grams of filling fiber. SOLD.

What you'll need: We highly recommend picking up a spiral vegetable slicer, like the Veggetti. You can get one for 10 to 15 bucks on Amazon or at a store like Bed Bath & Beyond. It's super simple to use and a great investment. After all, we're talking pasta made from veggies, people! You can also use a standard veggie peeler, but a spiralizer will give you the quickest and best results.

How to make 'em: Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut whole zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles. (If you don't have a spiralizer, peel zucchini into super-thin strips, rotating the zucchini after each strip.) Roughly chop for shorter noodles. Next, spray a skillet with nonstick spray; then cook and stir the zucchini noodles until hot and slightly softened, about 3 minutes. If needed, drain to remove excess liquid. Easy peasy!

Zucchini-Noodle Alfredo Recipe

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1/2 of recipe (about 2 cups): 247 calories, 8g total fat (4g sat fat), 789mg sodium, 30g carbs, 9.5g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 20.5g protein

SmartPoints®
value 4*

Recipe time! And zucchini isn't the only calorie-saving secret ingredient -- this Alfredo sauce is made with pureed cauliflower! You've gotta try it to believe it...

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

28 oz. (about 4 medium) zucchini

4 cups roughly chopped cauliflower

1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

2 tsp. chopped garlic

1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper

1/2 cup fat-free milk

Optional topping: chopped fresh basil

Directions:

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles. (If you don't have a spiral veggie slicer, peel zucchini into thin strips, rotating the zucchini after each strip.) Roughly chop for shorter noodles.

Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup water. Cover and microwave for 5 minutes, or until soft. Drain excess liquid. 

In a blender or food processor, combine cooked cauliflower, 1/4 cup Parm, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add milk and 3 tbsp. warm water. Blend on high speed until smooth and uniform.

Bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir zucchini noodles until hot and slightly softened, about 3 minutes.

Transfer noodles to a strainer, and thoroughly drain excess liquid.

Combine drained noodles and sauce in a large bowl and mix well. Reheat, if needed.

Top each serving with 1/2 tbsp. of remaining Parm.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

Chew on this:

Today, January 5th, is National Whipped Cream Day. We've got a couple of low-calorie, all-natural suggestions: Skinny Truwhip and So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip! So good on fresh berries...

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SmartPoints® value* not what you expected? We follow the same method as Weight Watchers when calculating the SmartPoints® value* for a recipe: We add up the SmartPoints® values* of the individual ingredients. (Many foods have a value of zero and remain zero in recipes.)

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