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Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles

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Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles – Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!

Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles - Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!

Hello Hello, my lovely Monday-ers! ‘Sup?! Happy start to the week – I hope we all have a great one!

I have to get something off my chest. It’s a guilty pleasure thing.

This weekend, I waited until everyone went to bed and I binge watched The People’s Couch! For 4 hours… What is wrong with me?!

Here’s everyone else talking about Scandal or Blue Bloods, and I’m all like, “But, YOU GUYS, the people on the People’s Couch are hilarious!!”… I got the “weirdo” look from everyone around me, but do I care?! NOPE. Sometimes their recaps are 100 times better than sitting through an hour of some network tv program. Who’s with me??

Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles - Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!

Also? I can’t sit through an hour of TV… it’s like I’ve got ants in my pants.
Thank you, God, for DVRs and On Demand. And fast-forward.

Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles - Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!

Okay, time for food! Welcome to today’s episode of make believe noodles twirled in a very real ricotta sauce. Balance is life. wah wah waaaaah.

I don’t mean to be super obvious here, but we all know that real fettuccine would probably make a better starring role, right?! HOWEVER, let’s get real here. BARE legs-arms-tummies(?)-season is just about upon us, and all I’m trying to do is help out this underarm jiggle business find its way back to where it came from.

Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles - Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!

Make no mistake, though, zoodles is where it’s at. I do a lot of zucchini noodles meals and there’s been plenty of times where this little family of mine thought they were real spaghetti. It’s all in the sauce, you know? AND in how they are prepared! I am not one to chill with raw zucchini. I like healthy, but not THAT healthy, ya know? Therefore, I always give my zoodles a swim in some hot olive oil for several minutes, or just until tender.

Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles - Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!

I’d also like to share with you that I have served this treat as a cold salad, I’ve served it as a side dish, and I have served it as a light main dish. However you decide to have it is all up to you – it’s good no matter how it’s served.

NOTE that ricotta is a protein-rich cheese that’s actually good for you, so go make some zucchini noodles with garlicky ricotta sauce, serve it with blistered cherry tomatoes because it’s incredible, and then go for seconds. That’s sounds about right for a Monday.

Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles - Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!

And now I eat.

ENJOY!

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Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles - Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!
Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles - Delicious zucchini noodles tossed in a creamy and garlicky ricotta cheese sauce. Easy, guilt free and vegetarian weeknight meal that takes minutes to prepare!
Course: Main, Salad, Side Dish
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 303 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
Ingredients
FOR THE ZUCCHINI NOODLES
  • 6 zucchini , washed, dried and spiralized*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil , divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh herbs (I either reach for rosemary or thyme, but use whatever you have on hand or use your favorite)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
FOR THE RICOTTA SAUCE
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2- cup skim milk
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste (season it well)
FOR THE TOMATOES
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes , halved
  • salt , to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese , optional
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet.
  2. Add spiralized zucchini; season with herbs, salt and pepper and continue to cook for 7 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently.
  3. Remove zoodles from skillet and set aside.
  4. Return skillet to stove and heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring frequently.
  6. Stir in ricotta cheese and milk; season with salt and pepper and continue to stir until cheese is completely melted and everything is well combined.
  7. Bring to a steady simmer and cook for 3 minutes, or until thickened.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in the previously prepared zucchini; taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly. Set aside.
  9. In a small skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat.
  10. Add the cherry tomatoes, sprinkle with salt, and let sit for 2 minutes, or until they start to blister.
  11. Stir and continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
  12. Remove from heat.
  13. Serve tomatoes over the prepared zucchini and sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

*Remove as much excess water as possible from the spiralized zucchini before cooking.

 NUTRITIONAL INFO PER SERVINGS       

WW SmartPoints: 7 

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Potassium 1149mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 12g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 30.1%
Vitamin C 97.6%
Calcium 23%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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29 Responses
  1. Ash

    This didn’t work out for me – the ricotta didn’t melt at all so it was just milk with a heap of cheese in it. 🙁 What did I do wrong…?

    1. Hi!
      I can’t say exactly what could have gone wrong, but can only guess that maybe there wasn’t enough milk? Adding a bit more milk will help with the creaminess of the ricotta. Ricotta doesn’t melt, per say, but it does make a creamier sauce in this recipe.

    1. Diane

      I never made this before but as a cook that I use Regatta I would say that the zoodles were too cool to put back in with the Regatta I think the noodles needs to be hot so that the Regatta will melt just as you’re turning them I do that with real pasta and it does melt

  2. Arlene Cronin

    This looks delicious but I have found in other recipes with zucchini noodles, that if I cook the noodles any longer than 3 minutes they get too watery and soggy.

  3. Rachel

    This was really good! I loved the sauce and the addition of the tomatoes. My husband didn’t like it though. He didn’t like the crunchy zucchini noodles and he said the sauce was too thick. I don’t know what he was talking about! If you like zucchini noodles, you’ll like this. Before serving, I took scissors and cut up the noodles cuz the strands were too long which made them hard to separate. They kept getting all tangled up. Cutting them into shorter noodles made them way easier to serve and eat.

    1. Kandy

      Before you spiralize, slice the zucchini halfway through from one end of the zucchini to the other. This will make shorter zoodles.

  4. Karen

    Recipe sounds delicious, can’t wait to make it.
    How many cups of zucchini noodles should you get from 6 zucchini? (approximately)

  5. Kayla

    Made this last night and it was really delicious. Only change I made was to cut the tomatoes in half, roasting them cut-side up for 1.5 hours @ 275°. I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. Laurie

      I don’t. Lol. I buy mine already spiralizef at my market. I know I pay a lot more for them this way but it’s easier for me. And I don’t have to clean a spiralizer after. Lol

  6. Lynn

    I don’t see where you list the carbs for your recipes and I don’t see how many servings for each recipe either. This says one serving but I can see the recipe makes more than one serving.

    1. Hi Lynn! I’m actually in the middle of changing the recipe plugin that I normally use for my website and that is why some of the nutritional info is missing. Otherwise, I always include servings and carbs.
      This recipe serves 4 and there are 13 grams of carbs in a serving. Hope that helps!

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