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Zucchini Spaghetti

This is a fun and healthy way to use all that zucchini or other summer squash. Use a spiral slicer or mandolin to cut vegetables like spaghetti or fettuccine. It is a simple recipe and quick to make.


  • 3 -4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 lbs zucchini, cut into long thin strips (or other summer squash)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Heat a large skillet or roasting pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and heat until the oil shimmers. Add the garlic and cook until light golden, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the zucchini and cook for a few minutes without turning. Add salt and cook another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until barely tender.

A Gefu spiral slicer or mandolin is great for this.

Other suggestions:

Mix with fresh tomato sauce and fresh basil; or do a creamy sauce and more vegetables for a “pasta” primavera.

Recipe from Michael Chiarello’s Bottega