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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{Cheesy Baked Zucchini Noodles}

Seriously, the veggie spiral cutter that my sister purchased a few weeks ago has become my favorite kitchen gadget!  I am obsessed and cannot stop experimenting with "zoodles!"

For the longest time I have been wanting to try a baked "pasta" recipe but could never get myself to spend the hour baking a spaghetti squash!  Not to mention making zucchini noodles was out of the question because I didn't have the fancy shmancy veggie spiral cutter.  Well that has all changed and I am about to share with you a delicious and super cheesy baked zoodle recipe!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it! 

Anyways, this baked "pasta" recipe has all the flavor and comfort food qualities of the typical baked pasta, only with less carbs and more veggies!  Win, win, right?  Easy enough to make on a hectic weekday night and delicious to reheat for lunch the next day!  Top with grilled chicken, shrimp or your favorite protein source for a complete meal.  Make sure you serve with some crusty french bread to soak up the remaining marinara sauce!  

Cheesy Baked Zucchini Noodles
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 6 

4 Zucchinis 
1 Cup Marinara Sauce 
3/4 Cup Part Skim Ricotta 
1 Cup + 1/4 Part Skim Mozzarella 
1/4 Onion Chopped 
3 Garlic Cloves 
1 Tablespoon Basil 

**Grilled Chicken, Shrimp or other protein source for serving

1- Cut zucchini into "noodles" using a veggie spiral cutter into a large bowl.  Toss zucchini with 1 cup cheese (reserving the remaining 1/4 cup for the top) Set aside.
2- In a skillet coated with cooking spray saute onions until translucent add garlic and basil and saute until garlic is fragrant.  Set aside. 
3- In a small bowl mix together marinara sauce and ricotta until well combined.  Add onion mixture to the marinara mixture and mix until well combined. 
4- Pour marinara mixture over zucchini noodles.  Toss zucchini noodles until evenly covered with sauce.  Pour zucchini noodles into an 8x8 inch glass baking dish.  Top with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.  
5- Bake zucchini noodles in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned. 

** Serve with grilled chicken, shrimp or protein of choice!

Check out these other delicious Zucchini Noodle Recipes from around the web! 


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