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Lazy Girl’s Zucchini Spaghetti [no fancy tools required!] with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

Lazy Girl's Zucchini Spaghetti [no fancy tools required!] with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

Am I late to this party? Has the ship already sailed? Does everyone know about not using stupid mandolines to cut zucchini into ribbons?

Ima pretend that this is brand new information and I have discovered the lazy way to make zucchini spaghetti, i.e. without a mandoline or peeler or spiralizer.

No fancy tools required.

We are going to use the humble box grater to create those luscious strands of goodness.

Lazy Girl's Zucchini Spaghetti [no fancy tools required!] with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

Lazy Girl's Zucchini Spaghetti [no fancy tools required!] with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

You may wonder why I’m hating on mandolines so much.

No, I haven’t cut myself on one yet (which is pretty strange), but I just find them soooo annoying.

First, you have to be super careful when you’re using them, and when I’m rushing around in a kitchen or my hands are shaking because I’m SO HUNGRYYY, I don’t want to have the added pressure from the impending doom that awaits my hand. If I just ‘ooops’ slip for a second, I could be slicing through flesh. My flesh. No me gusta. (do not tell me about spiralizers. Yes they’re awesome, and yes they also protect your hands but I don’t have the space or cash for such a fancy gadget!)

Second, is the washing up. Again, you have to be careful of that sharp, sharp blade (which, when making spaghetti-style cuts, is also JAGGED), and all the zucchini bits get stuck in the nooks and you have to try to caaarrrefffuullllyyy remove them.

Third, the mandoline is on the other side of the kitchen in a different drawer to the other utensils I’m using and I don’t want to have to be making all these stops around the kitchen when clearing it all up (see, I told you it was the lazy girl’s version)

Fourth, not everyone owns mandolines. Probably because of some of the above reasons, and also because they aren’t really that versatile. Well, not as versatile as a box grater, right?

Lazy Girl's Zucchini Spaghetti [no fancy tools required!] with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

 The box grater on the other hand, is dull enough for me to feel that my hands are safe from looking like they went into battle, yet sharp enough to cut into the zucchini with ease.

It’s also smaller, so it easier to hold, and lives in the same drawer as the frying pans! Plus washing it up takes 0.5 seconds.

But how can we create long ass ribbons of zucchini, instead of short shreds?

Hold the grater like a freaking mandoline.

You put it on its side, with the face you want to use (the thickest grater) facing up, and use it just like you would a mandoline (minus the pain and fear!!) moving the zucchini along it in long strokes to create the ribbons.

Lazy Girl's Zucchini Spaghetti [no fancy tools required!] with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

Lazy Girl's Zucchini Spaghetti [no fancy tools required!] with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

Then I just fry it up with a bit of garlic (or go the lazy way and season w/ garlic salt 🙂 ), and use it like I would normal spaghetti.

As it’s summer time now (I think it is, but the weather is disagreeing atm) I went for a super green theme with peas and pesto. I also stirred in some half fat crème fraîche, and served it on top of some spinach with Parmesan shavings and lemon zest (trust me with the lemon zest, it really makes all the difference). I can imagine how good this would be with some crutons (ahahah I totally just wrote that as ‘crutonays’) thrown in, ooooh but do not get me started on that.

I’ve also made this (with ricotta in place of the crème fraîche) and eaten it atop crostini which was ah-mazeee.

Lazy Girl’s Zucchini Spaghetti with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

Lazy Girl’s Zucchini Spaghetti with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto


  • 1 medium zucchini, , washed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, , peeled + finely minced
  • 2 tsp basil pesto
  • 1 tbsp crème fraîche, , cream cheese, ricotta or mascarpone (half-fat, full fat, whatever you want!)
  • 1 handful of fresh or frozen peas
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon zest and Parmesan cheese, , to finish


  1. Take a box grater and place it on its side with the side with the largest grating holes on it face up.
  2. Cut the ends off the zucchini, then push along the top of grater, in long strokes in order to create long, thin ribbons of zucchini (see the animated .gif in the post).
  3. Heat a skillet with the olive oil, then gently fry the zucchini with the garlic until slightly tender. Stir in the pesto, crème fraîche (or whatever creamy ingredient you're using) and the peas (even if they are frozen. They'll defrost quickly in the frying pan). Stir until coated, season with salt and pepper, then take off the heat.
  4. Pile it into a dish (I served mine on a bed of raw spinach leaves), and grate over some lemon zest and Parmesan.

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  • Robyn June 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Courgette is my favourite veg. Looks yummy.

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Ugh, its so ridoncs good right!? I could eat it every day

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker June 16, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    such a neat trick. I am prone to those kind of accidents too which is why my food processor sometimes does double duty. I would love to add some feta to this bowl.

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      thanks Belinda! Yesss, I know me too 🙂 Ahh, that sounds perf!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Very cool spaghetti!!! I love this!

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      thanks Jocelyn 😀

  • Katie June 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Yummm so many good spring flavors! I’m waiting and waiting for the peas in my garden to be ripe so I can add them to everything.

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you Katie 🙂 I am not joking around when it comes to fresh peas, I can (and will) consume tonnes of them when they’re in season!!!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I would have never thought of using a cheese grater! GENIUS! Love this idea!

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Katrina! I only randomly thought of trying it out the other day when I couldn’t be bothered to get the mandoline out, and it worked so well I knew I had to share it with everyone! 🙂

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  • Carina June 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    This looks so good!

    Carina xx

    • Izy June 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      It’s one of my fave fast lunches! Thanks 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough June 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I want to faceplant into those luscious strands of goodness.

    And those Parm shavings on top — LAWDY.

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 12:17 am

      hehehe, thanks Stephanie! Omg yes, and I had a few Parmesan shavings left over – you’d better BELIEVE I ate them all 🙂

  • Mischelle June 17, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Perfect! <3

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      thanks! 🙂

  • Courtney @ BakeMeBetter June 17, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Love this! And I agree with you on the mandoline. Annoying. Dangerous. Big.

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      wooh! high five girl! 🙂 thanks

  • Joia June 17, 2013 at 3:47 am

    I can’t get over how GORGEOUS your photography is! Your recipes are amazing (I just made the pretzel peanut butter bars) and you’re so funny! =) Keep up the great work! =)

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      aww thank you so much! 🙂 yayyy! I hope you liked them

  • Sue/the view from great island June 17, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Very cool idea, I love the gif showing the cheese grater, that’s so easy and so perfect!

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      thanks Sue! 🙂 it really is super easy, I can’t believe I’ve been wasting my time with mandolines this whole time when a grater works so well!

  • Hannah Jade June 17, 2013 at 7:56 am

    A julienne peeler might be useful too… like this one. http://www.lakeland.co.uk/15806/Julienne-Peeler

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Yeeees I know of thees things, but I don’t want more fancy gadgets that only serve one purpose! That’s why me gusta the box grater because most people have them, they’re cheap, easy to find and are multitaskers 😀

  • Hannah June 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Hey! Was wondering how you get your vids looking… uhhhh..like what they look like? haha, clitchy and photo like:P

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      ahaha, they’re caled .gifs and are made up of a series of images taken at a rapid speed, then put together to form a video-clip type of thing 🙂

  • Gunilla June 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

    AAaaaaaahhhh. it was aaawwwwssssooomme. I just love your way of thinking. It was really easy and great.

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      thank you!! (I thought it was pretty awesome too 😉 )

  • Katherine June 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Completely agree with you on all of your points about the mandoline (well except for it being across the kitchen 🙂 ). Even when working in a professional kitchen, I tend to avoid it as I’ve sliced off the tips of two of my fingers (they’ve grown back fine, but as you can imagine, not a pleasant experience). I think if you have good knife skills, you won’t need one.

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      haha thanks Katherine! Yess that is what I’m so scared of, I’ve already had a bad experience with a bread knife, and I don’t want a repeat incident :/

  • Meghan June 17, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This really is so easy , I have never tried Zucchini pasta, but now I will.

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      it’s amaze, I hope you like it 🙂

  • Rosie June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

    This looks so so delicious, and so simple! YUM, just YUM.


    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      thanks Rosie! that’s why I love it 😀

  • Vickie June 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    sounds deliciously healthy & I love all the green-ness (is that even a word?)

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      haha, yes I approve of this word 🙂 thanks Vickie!

  • thelittleloaf June 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Ooh! I’m sitting at my desk but I want to rush home and try this… I can’t quite believe that it doesn’t just create little short bits of courgettes, but I know you wouldn’t lie 🙂 Is there a very special technique, or is it pretty easy to do?!

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      I know! I was pretty surprised it worked so well myself! But I’ve done it a few times now and it always works 🙂 If you look at the .gif of me grating it in the post, you can see how I do it 😉

  • Monica June 17, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    i love zucchini pasta! i’ve never made it myself because i don’t have a mandoline, but a cheese grater trick is perfect! who doesn’t have one on hand?

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      its sooo good right!? It’s the best! Exactly my thinking 🙂

  • petal and plume June 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    i adore all the fresh flavours in here and the simplicity of the recipe!

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      thank you! that’s why its so gooood 😀

  • carey June 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Oh boy, mandolines. My mom bought me a really nice one for Christmas a few years ago (it came with its own fancy case and everything). I’ve used it on a few occasions, and the fear of the hand guard slipping and me slicing off the heel of my hand never lessens, not even a little. Using a box grater is waaaay more rad!

    And this is pretty much my dream spring/summer meal. Green stuff that looks like pasta covered in more green stuff that usually goes with and on pasta. Plus cheese. YES. (And avoiding injuries from the rage hunger shaky hands — double yes!) Also, this is one of the few things that can get me to deviate from my several-year-long obsession of turning zucchini into pasta sauce. (It’s absurdly good, but I will buy like a thousand mondo zucchini from the market and continue to fill the freezer with bags of sauce. It needs to stop.)

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 11:31 pm

      Right, right!? Even with the hand guard I’m still always having premonitions of blood everywhar when I’m using a mandoline!
      Haha, me too! So freakin good 🙂 AND WHAT IS THIS CAREY, I’m searching your archives NOW to find this sauce. Yes that is my search for ‘zucchini pasta’. Ohhhkayyyy, I know what I’m making for lunch this weekend :O

  • Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen June 17, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Now that is true genius 🙂 Is it ok if I still want a spiralizer though? 🙂

    • Izy June 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      thanks Loretta! hahaha yeah, totes fine! They’re awesome! I can’t really get one myself because I’m going to uni next year and I already have an ice cream maker which takes up quuuittte a bit of room :////

  • Eva | Adventures in Cooking June 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Love it! Sounds delicious and the animated gif is just great. I don’t have a box grater, sadly, I use a cone-shaped grater with a ladies’ head and torso at the top (it’s cute! not creepy like it sounds) but I bet I could prop it up against something on its side to keep it from rolling around while shredding the zucchini. This is a great alternative to spaghetti squash 🙂

    • Izy June 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      thanks Eva! hahahaha, that sounds pretty awesome, yeah I think that might work! 🙂 I’ve always wanted to try spaghetti squash, but I’ve never got round to it. That’s something I need to change…

  • Marisa June 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    How many servings does this make? One? Great tip, by the way! I can’t wait to try it.

    • Marisa June 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      I made this last night (tripled the recipe) and I couldn’t believe how well the grater worked! Why don’t more people know this secret??? 🙂

      • Izy June 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm

        awesomeee, yeah the recipe is for one serving (I had it for lunch), but seriously, it’s so low cal, you could each as much as you want 🙂

  • peter June 19, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Zucchini is one of the few veggies I can get my kids to eat on a regular basis, so we always have some extra laying around. I’m going to have to try this.

    • Izy June 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      it’s one of my favourite vegetables (although, I say that about a lot of veg..), let me know what you think!

  • Megan June 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    YUM! I can’t wait to try this.

    • Izy June 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      total yum! :))) thanks girl!

  • Erika June 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Bahaha you are hilarious and this is SO GENIUS! If you’re late to the party, what does that make me since I’ve never seen this before? Anyway, I am wayyyyy excited. I’ve been wrestling over whether to buy a spiralizer for awhile now (because yes, my mandolin terrifies me as well) but now I don’t have to! I can’t wait to try this! Watch out zucchini–I’M COMING FOR YOU!!

    Also, the light. The details. That first photo. The lines in the wall. Just stunning. Stunning!

    • Izy June 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      haha, thank yah! ermmm…. I guess you’re just so hipster, that this is just too mainstream for you to have heard of it..(?) 😉 THANK GOD I’m not the only one with the mandoline fear! I eat zucchini like it’s going out of style, seriously one of my staple foods!!

      And thank you, thank you!! 😀

  • Agnese June 20, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Izy, I adore you.

  • Ashley June 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I think that is the best GIF ever and I love all of your commentary. 🙂 Plus, this meal looks delish + perfect for summer.

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    I love this idea of using grated zucchini as spaghetti! I’ve got to try it. 😀 This looks seriously yummy, and gorgeous photos as usual!!

    • Izy June 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Alexandra 🙂 it’s crazy good!

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    You are the second person telling me that zucchini spaghetti could be a nice creation for lunch. First I couldn´t eblieve that. Now I think, I have to buy a zucchini next time 😀

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    Girl, you rock with this…
    Can’t wait to serve it up to my baby… fiance… as a side dish…

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    Love this recipe! The only thing I would change is drying the zucchini a bit with paper towels before as they tend to be a bit watery! Overall though love the blog and the recipes, keep up the good work!

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    Mind. Blown. Why did I never think of that? O.O

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    Hmm, I don’t have a box grater either… And I still grate my fingers on those… :/

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    LOVE this!! I’ve got so many zucchini from my garden, and this is going to happen! Can’t believe I’ve never thought of using a cheese grater to make spaghetti. And I love how low cal this is. Sometimes I just can’t take any more real pasta!

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    This looks amazing! I was searching for a way to make zucchini ribbons sans mandolin and was thinking the grater might work – glad I found your blog (and that awesome recipe!) for confirmation 🙂

  • Philia September 3, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I just finished making this for my lunch tomorrow (didn’t add the cheese though as I can’t have dairy) and added toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds. WOW! Although. now I have no lunch to take with me to work as I ended up eating the entire thing it was that good! Looks like I shall be down the store tomorrow on the lunch break… haha. Thanks for a fab recipe, I can’t wait to do this again x

  • Heather September 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I have one of those reinforced gloves which I use every time I use a mandoline (and sometimes when I use a grater, because I’m just that uncoordinated.) It really does the trick–no finger-slicing.
    Looking forward to trying this recipe!

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    Just made these noodles with a thai chicken peanut sauce. SO.GOOD. Thank you for posting a recipe for a lazy college student 🙂

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    OMG! I just made this last night for dinner, SO DELISH! And, it really is genius (and OH, so easy) using the cheese grater! Thank you, thank you, thank you for that idea!

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    Love this! Fabulous idea, beautiful photos and so wonderfully healthy! So glad I found your site. Happy New Year.

  • Sandra January 5, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Rather annoying writing style but amazing photography and I love the use of the gif! The recipe is also fantastic.

  • Pam January 12, 2014 at 12:56 am

    This is the most entertaining description of preparing food yet; too funny.
    The video is helpful to non-cookers as myself.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Katie January 12, 2014 at 6:49 am

    wow, this looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this!
    just wondering, how many would the this serve.

    • Izy January 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      serves 1!

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    Thanks so much for having an easy print button! So many blogs are hart to print from. 🙂

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  • Canadian Girl February 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm


    Thank you so much!

    Now I don’t have to buy an expensive Spiralizer!

    -Canadian Girl

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  • becky hutner February 26, 2014 at 1:49 am

    this recipe was a game changer in our kitchen. i make it at least every other week & love that i can use it to adapt any pasta dish. (so far none are as good as this one!!)

    i like to add smoked salmon on top!


  • Siesha February 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Being a recent “healthy eating” convert, most everything that I have tried has been HORRIBLE. I read all of the “amazing” reviews and think YES. I AM SO DOING THAT! Annnnd than I do. And it’s horrifying. Until I tried THIS. HOLY COW PATTIES this was delicious. Thank you for actually posting a reasonably healthy meal that doesn’t take like poopy face!!!

  • Sally February 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

    If I wanted to make this for dinner for 3 people.. Would I just double the quantity of ingredients listed above?

    • Izy February 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      well I don’t find it particularly filling for dinner so I’d say double it for 3 people if you’re having someting else with it, otherwise triple it

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  • Sarah April 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I just made this for dinner. Rarely do healthy things taste this amazing!
    Given that zucchinis are currently on sale at my grocery store I think I’m going to be eating this a lot this week.

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  • Felicia April 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you! You just saved me from purchasing one of the gadgets listed above. =)

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  • Hayley May 15, 2014 at 3:26 am

    So…I love you

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  • Carla May 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the demo…One of those tricks where you say” Geeze, of course…Why didn’t I think of that? Your humor is just as pleasing. I guess I will be making this in about an hour. YUM!!!!

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  • Chloe June 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

    YES! Love this dish and was never smart enough to realise I could make it myself.. with my cheese grater, wahaoo!!!

  • Becki Nation June 23, 2014 at 6:32 am

    We’re currently travelling around Europe in our motorhome with our 4 children and need quick and easy meals. I am also trying to cut back on my carbs so I think what you are describing is what our children have renamed……..COURGHETTI!!

    We love it. Thanks for the recipe idea! We’re in Slovenia at the moment and there are loads of courgettes and yes we use the humble cheese grater too. I don’t even know what a mandoline is let alone have one in our camping kitchen!! We steam ours in water then I add the juice to the sauce to not lose all the flavours.

    Ooo am hungry now!

  • NuMystic June 25, 2014 at 6:40 am

    End your fear of the mandoline! You just need a cut resistant glove and you can use it with absolute reckless abandon:

    Of course I could use one of these with a box grater as well, but they lull us into a false sense of security with their “safety”. So, the irony is I’ve actually bloodied myself on a grater countless times but have yet to cut myself with a mandoline! 😛

    There’s a reason they’re nicknamed knucklebusters after all.

  • Heather June 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I just have to weigh in on this mandoline thing. I am so incorrigibly bad with a knife that I bought one (from a company that sponsors goofy cooking gadget parties, no less!) and it has changed my life. Like a previous poster, I use mine with a cut-resistant glove, and now I have vegetables. Cut vegetables that I and my family can eat, as opposed to whole vegetables that sit in bags in the fridge until they go bad. Well, longer, actually.
    So, those of you with zippy knife skills and a just-in-case box grater, please don’t sneer at the mandoline. It might be the veggie equivalent of Bisquick, but it gets the salad on the table!

  • Victoria July 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Unbelievably delicious and easy recipe! I bake a chicken breast a little bit before and add it to the pan after everything’s done cooking.

  • kerstie July 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    You are a genius!! This is such a clever trick, thank you!

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  • peggy August 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Can you freeze zucchini so I can use it in the winter. Shredded or whole or how?

    • Izy August 7, 2014 at 1:15 am

      I think your best best would be to freeze it once it’s shredded, but try it out with a small amount first so you don’t end up wasting the zucchini!

  • Gerry August 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    AWE-SOME! I didn’t want to have to buy a special gadget, so glad I found this post. I wonder if it would work with eggplant too? Just bought farm fresh zucchini yesterday, was going to make veggie lasagna – but I may have to do this instead…LOL.

    Thank you!

  • Ana August 17, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Thank you for this super easy and delicious recipe. I’m going to make this at least once a week now. I used ricotta and it’s was great! The cheese grater was easy to clean. I love that this recipe only takes a few ingredients!

  • Kat August 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    We just got back from NYC and this little Italian joint across from our hotel had an amazing zucchini appetizer with apples and toasted walnuts on the menu – we ate there both nights and ordered it both nights… Amazing. This trick is grate! 😉 I have a mandolin I hate because it’s cumbersome and I just ordered the more dangerous kind – but I can use the grater and will tonight! Thanks!

  • Courtney August 25, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Just wanted to chime in and say… I was googling a method of making zucchini noodles without a fancy gadget today, and your site popped up. Worked SO well! The .GIF was particularly helpful to get a sense of the method. My box grater had a rubber thing on the bottom to keep it from sliding, and I just slipped it off so the zucchini went right across. Thanks!!

  • Marta August 31, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Great idea with the zucchini pasta, need to try this one
    Did spaghetti with zucchini( here’s recipe if your interesed http://bit.ly/1zZ6K0m ) but never thought of making pasta out of veggies.

  • Cara September 3, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    You are a damn genius. Thank you!!!

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    Does shredded zucchini freeze well?

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  • Jax October 16, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Excuse my French, but you are a fucking genius.

  • Ruth October 16, 2014 at 4:54 am

    SO Good, Such a good article, I can relate. No to superfluous gadgets, yes to zucchini spaghetti = THANKS! 🙂

  • Peggy October 18, 2014 at 4:03 am

    What is a mandolin?

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  • Dee November 6, 2014 at 7:03 am

    You’re amazing! I have wanted to use zucchini as noodles forever, but I’m terrified of mandolins! I had one once. It ended poorly. I sliced my finger open down to the bone whlst attempting to assemble it. It was promptly discarded. Spiralizers aren’t available in this country, but I have a box grater! I am adding this to the list of things to try when I get home!

  • sbobet November 11, 2014 at 7:04 am

    This is a very good article. Thank you for a great information.
    Looks really yummy.
    I like to eat Spaghetti.

  • Courtney December 1, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I just found this by Googling “zucchini noodles with cheese grater,” and I love you. I laughed throughout the entire post. Thanks for affirming my thought that this could work.

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  • Sacha February 5, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Fantastic! I needed this for dinner tonight. So glad I found your tutorial! AND in fact I do have a mandolin, but I’d rather use the grater for this job 🙂

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  • Sarah March 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Can’t wait to try this. And I love that you don’t use a mandoline. I don’t own one and I hate buying equipment that I will only use once in a blue moon.

    Laziness Unite!

  • Joanne March 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Lazy girl! OMG…you have K.I.S.S. down pat!!! Came online thinking about buying the Vegetti and found this. Smart, simple, no fuss….DUH…I have a box grater but am obviously not as smart as I thought I was. Thankyou for the lesson in lateral thinking and for saving me money I can’t afford to spend on ‘gadgets’…..xxxx

  • Dana March 31, 2015 at 6:23 am

    this is great!!! I really didn’t want to buy a mandoline, I hate gadgets, plus too many people have told me they’ve injured themselves so I know I would too. This looks much quicker, and safer! I’m recently eating more paleo and want to try zuchinni noodles for pasta, so I’m going to try this. Thanks for sharing…yipee for healthier AND safer dinner 🙂

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    Hahaha! “use it like a freaking mandolin!” you’re so funny!

    My new favourite food blog! ^_^

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  • Emily July 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my gosh. Thank you. I’ve been wanting to try these zucchini/squash noodles for awhile, but couldn’t justify buying a special, fancy tool for it on a grad student budget, especially when we have like, negative storage space left. (We have kitchen gadgets stacked on top of kitchen gadgets.)

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  • Natalie July 30, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Thank you so much for this tip! I also hate getting out the mandoline. I don’t even know why I bought it because I DREAD using it, even though I’ve never cut myself. I will be using the box grater method from now on! You’re a friggin’ genius. 🙂

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  • Artemis August 20, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Thank you so much for this! My partner’s dad just gave us a bag full of GIANT zucchini from his garden, and I normally hate squash. Noodles seemed like the best thing to do with it, but I don’t have a fancy spiralizer and am terrified of mandolines. Got lovely long noodles, and I’m really excited to try them.

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  • Abbie September 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I love the gif and thanks for blogging this, just what I was curious about!

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  • Marianne Guarena October 1, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Thank YOU!! Seriously, effin THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost bought a spiraler today. In fact, the only reason I did not is that I forgot my wallet and had to go back to the house. I was in line for Pete’s sake. It wasn’t meant to be. And I own a dang mandoline!!!! I hardly ever use that thing and the sharp *ss blades have destroyed the little tool you use to pierce vegetables to guard your fingers from said blades. It literally sheared off the plastic guards. SO now I have to be very careful because yes, you can literally take off a finger. Alas, I DO have a box grater which will be used tonight to make zucchini spaghetti. You brought to light something that all of us are now facepalming ourselves over and thinking, Why. Did. I. Not. Think. Of. This??? So, thank you : )

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  • Audrey Yap September 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you so so much for this! I didn’t have a spiralizer and was so torn when I thought I couldn’t try out Zucchini Noodles then I stumbled upon your blog and I was so grateful! Using this, I made a Cajun Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles. I’ve got the recipe on my blog and I’ve even linked you there! Hope you guys can check it out 🙂


  • Nicole B Graham October 11, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    OMG! #mindblown Thank you!

  • namarre November 10, 2016 at 4:54 am

    I feel like I’m the only one with a blunt mandoline…it’s about as dangerous for me to use as a grater. XD Maybe cos it’s plastic?? Either way, nice alternative!

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  • Heather December 15, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Thank you! Gave my pampered chef mandoline away because after 10 years, I wasn’t in love with it. Have a kitchen aid brand box grater that I am in fact in love with and excited to try this. Someone mentioned letting the noodles air dry a bit to have a more noodle-like texture. Taking the spiralizer off my amazon wish list now!

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