12-Minute Lemony Noodle + Zoodle Toss

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Sigh, sometimes you feel like zoodles, other times you feel like traditional noodles. What’s a hungry gal or guy to do? The solution, a plate full of 12 Minute Zoodle & Noodle Toss that boasts both!

12 Minute Zoodle Noodle Toss

True, using spiralized veggies cuts out grains and, subsequently, a lot of the carbs. But, sometimes a hard-working athlete needs a little traditional pasta to help fuel the proverbial engine.   Get your mouth and motor running with this easy-peasy recipe, read on for the deets! zucchiniDo you have zucchini multiplying overnight in your garden or produce bin? You could ding-dong ditch the house next door this coming Tuesday (Aug 8th), it’s “Sneak Some Zucchini on your Neighbor’s Porch Day” – for real, I don’t make this stuff up!

But, actually, whip out your spiralizer and pasta pot to make this light and lemony dish that’s ready in just 12 minutes, the time it takes to cook the pasta!  A one-pot dish that’s sure to become a favorite when you need an easy night.12 Minute Lemony Noodle Zoodle Toss - this pasta and squash dish is super easy and comes together in one part in just the short time it takes to boil the noodles. Great as a side dish or paired with your favorite lean protein for lunch or dinner.

I dug into my beloved jar of homemade salted preserved lemons that I keep in my fridge at all times for flavoring purposes like this. If you’ve never made preserved lemons, you MUST! It’s an incredibly easy and inexpensive to make your meals sing! Head over to see my post on how to make preserved lemons — great in pasta, rice, dressings, marinades and more.preserved-lemons-overheadThis squash and pasta toss is simply delicious garnished with fresh cilantro and crumbled queso fresco. It’s also a great flavor pair up with fish, shrimp, chicken or salmon, as I did the other night. zoodle noodle with salmon

 

Also, I’ve used my favorite brand of noodles, Skinner Pasta — it’s the #1 brand in Texas, yeehaw! Versatile, economical, quick-to-cook and available in so many shapes — these are all wins in my busy-mom book!

Have you ever tried preserve lemons? Are you a pasta person, a noodle person, or go both ways? Do you make pasta “for the kids” but eat it too? Favorite noodle type? Please share in the comments — XOXO, Jennifer 

 

12 Minute Lemony
12-Minute Lemony Noodle + Zoodle Toss
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Can't decide between pasta noodles or vegetable zoodles -- this easy, 12-minute, one-pot recipe lets you have both with a light lemony zing!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
12 Minute Lemony
12-Minute Lemony Noodle + Zoodle Toss
Print Recipe
Can't decide between pasta noodles or vegetable zoodles -- this easy, 12-minute, one-pot recipe lets you have both with a light lemony zing!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add water to large pasta pot, bring to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook for 9 to 10 minutes, or until nearing al dente.
  2. While pasta is cooking, spiralize or chop 1 lb. squash, add to pot of boiling pasta in water for last 1 to 2 minutes of cooking.
  3. Drain, return everything to pot, stir in 3 Tbs. olive oil and 2 Tbs. salty preserved lemons (or juice and zest of one lemon + 2 tsp. salt).
  4. Garnish with cilantro and queso fresco.
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