Summer Squash Noodles

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Summer squash noodles are a great alternative to traditional noodles. Loaded with fiber and low in calories you really can’t go wrong using these low carb and keto noodles in your favorite dish.

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If you haven’t jumped on the vegetable noodle bandwagon there’s no time like the present. These easy-to-make Summer Squash Noodles are a nice change of pace and are a healthy pasta or noodle alternative.

We also love zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash for a low-carb noodle option.

You can mix these yellow squash noodles with this Homemade Peanut Sauce for a tasty stir fry, or this Homemade Marinara Sauce for a light pasta meal, or add them to this Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce for a non-traditional pasta alfredo. Basically anywhere you would use regular pasta, zoodles, or spaghetti squash, you can swap in summer squash noodles. 

If you have an abundance of summer squash in your garden this year, you'll also want to make this Grilled Yellow Squash and Roasted Parmesan Summer Squash.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Veggie noodles with summer squash are one of our favorites for just a few reasons.

  • Easy to prepare: It really is quite simple to make summer squash noodles and they cook up faster than traditional noodles.
  • Change of pace: We all need a little variety in what we eat so these noodles are the perfect swap for spaghetti, and soba or udon noodles.
  • Versatile: You can use these noodles in a pasta dish, in a soup, in a salad,  or a side dish. Use these anywhere you would use a noodle to sneak in extra veggies.

Key Ingredients and Easy Swaps

Here’s what you need to make summer squash noodles.

  • Summer squash: We used yellow squash but you can use zucchini, butternut squash, carrots, cucumber, or sweet potatoes to make vegetable noodles.
  • Olive Oil: We use extra virgin olive oil but any kind of oil will work.
  • Salt and pepper: Add salt and pepper to your taste preference.

How to make summer squash noodles with a hand held spiralizer.

How To Make Squash Noodles

There are a few ways you can make squash noodles so choose the method that works best for you.

  • With a spiralizer: Place the summer squash in the spiralizer and spiralize it. Some spiralizers have different settings so make sure to set it to the thickness you are looking for.
  • With a mandolin: Using a mandolin, slice the squash into long, thin strips and then cut the strips into noodles. The strips should measure about ⅓ inch wide. Be careful as mandolin blades are very sharp.
  • With a vegetable peeler: For thicker and flatter noodles, simply use a vegetable peeler to make thin strips of summer squash. For thinner noodles, cut the squash into long thin planks. Then use the peeler along the width of the plank to make long thin noodles.

How To Cook The Squash Noodles

The easiest way to cook these noodles is in boiling water or in a skillet. Make sure not to overcook the noodles or they can get really soggy. 

  • Boil: Add the noodles to boiling water for about 2 minutes. Drain well.
  • Saute: Saute the noodles lightly in water for 3-4 minutes. They can also be sauteed in olive oil.

Health Benefits Of Using Squash Noodles

  • Low carb: Summer squash is low in carbohydrates so they are a good option if you are following a low-carb or keto diet or if you just want a lighter meal.
  • High fiber: These squash noodles are a good source of fiber.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals: Summer squash is a good source of Vitamins A and C as well as potassium.
  • Low calorie: Squash noodles are much lower in calories compared to grain-based noodles.

Noodles made with summer squash served with tomatoes, chicken, and sesame seeds.

Ways To Serve Yellow Squash Noodles

Here are just a few ways you can serve these veggie noodles with summer squash.

How To Store Summer Squash Noodles

If you made a batch of noodles, here’s how to store them.

  • Fridge: Summer squash noodles will keep for 7 days in the fridge.
  • Freezer: Freeze squash noodles for up to 3 months. It is best to freeze them before cooking them so they don’t get too soggy.
  • Thaw: Thaw in the fridge overnight.
  • Reheat: Boil for 3-4 minutes or saute to heat.

Tips For Making Summer Squash Noodles

Here are a few things you can do to make sure your squash noodles work out well.

  • Choose thick, evenly-sized squash. This makes for a more consistently sized noodle that is easier to work with.
  • Peel thicker-skinned vegetables. Some squash have thicker skins than others so make sure to peel the thicker-skinned ones like butternut squash before spiralizing. There is no need to peel summer squash, zucchini, or carrots.
  • If you are in a bind, you can always pick up a bag of fresh spiralized veggie noodles at the grocery store. Most stores carry a few different kinds. You can find them in the produce section. Just boil or saute to soften them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions about this recipe.

If you don’t have a spiralizer you can use a mandolin or a vegetable peeler. With a mandoline, slice the squash into thin sheets and then cut them into noodles with a sharp knife. Or make wide squash noodles with a vegetable peeler.

Summer squash includes green and yellow zucchini, patty pan squash, crookneck squash, and cousa squash.

The Recipe
Summer squash noodles in a wooden bowl with a fork.

Summer Squash Noodles

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  • 4 summer squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

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With a spiralizer: Simply add the summer squash to the spiralizer one at a time.


With a mandolin: Use the mandolin to slice the squash into long, thin strips. Then stack those strips and use a knife to cut them into “noodles,” about 1/3 inch wide.


With a vegetable peeler: For thicker and flatter noodles, simply use the vegetable peeler to make thin strips of summer squash. For thinner noodles, cut the squash into long thin planks. Then use the peeler along the width of the plank to make long thin noodles.


To cook the noodles you can add them to boiling water for about 2 minutes or saute them for 3-4 minutes. They can also be sauteed in olive oil.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61
Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 4mg
Total Carbohydrate 7g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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