Zucchini noodles are a healthy, low carb (and gluten-free) alternative that can add some diversity to your menu. These tasty noodles are easy to make and can be used in many dishes, allowing your chef to get creative while pleasing customers that are craving healthy foods.
If you are an Italian restaurant, gluten-free pasta is one way to accommodate your customer requests, but to impress them even more, offer zucchini noodles or other squash noodles (yellow squash makes good squash spaghetti too). The zucchini noodles are great with a red sauce, and they can accompany meatballs, chicken parmesan, and other typical Italian dishes.
Zucchini and squash noodles can also be served as cold, refreshing summer dishes with light citrus mint dressings or with olive oil sauces. We’ve seen them used as garnishes and in sides dishes too.
There are some alternatives for residential kitchens that assist with making noodles out of squash, but if you are serious about making these in a commercial restaurant setting, the Nemco zucchini spiralizer / noodler is your answer. It’s a commercial, NSF approved vegetable noodler that makes quick work of turning zucchini and other vegetables into a healthy, gluten-free, low-carb, and tasty pasta alternative.
When preparing zucchini noodles, we find that cooking them in a sauce or sauteing them with olive oil until the desired noodle texture is reached is the best way to give the noodles flavor and cook them until a soft, noodle-like texture is reached.