It can be ready in 20 minutes, start to finish and we always have ground beef and vegetables in the fridge.

What are zoodles?

So what do we replace dried spaghetti with when we go low carb? Zoodles. What are zoodles? Zoodles are the healthy low-carb alternative to wheat pasta and wheat spaghetti.

Zoodles = zucchini noodles. They are the most fabulous way to increase vegetables in your and your children’s diet. Zoodles are gluten-free, wheat-free, fresh and incredibly nutritious. And for those of you lucky enough to grow zucchini like wildfire in your garden, they are cheap and easy.

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How to make zoodles

I have 2 ways to prepare my zoodles. I use a large spiraliser machine which has suction cups so it sticks to my kitchen worktop. I also have a smaller handheld shredder that I take on holiday/vacation.

I allow my children to use the spiraliser machine as the shredder has incredibly sharp blades and you have to hold the vegetable with a fork so your fingers don’t get shredded too.

Alternatives to zoodles?

Alternatively, you may wish to serve low-carb spaghetti Bolognese with spaghetti squash instead of zoodles. Watch the quick cooking video to learn how to use this incredibly versatile vegetable. There are even instructions for making it in the microwave or oven.

Alternatively, you might want to make my 3-ingredient keto pasta. This keto past is egg-free and doesn’t even require cooking. Just stir through some hot sauce and your dinner is ready.

If your family would prefer more traditional side dishes for beef, then I know you’ll find plenty of inspiration in these 21+ side dish recipes.

What meat do you need for a bolognese sauce?

The traditional spaghetti bolognese recipe requires ground beef, however, it can easily be made with ground pork, ground chicken, or even ground turkey.

More zucchini recipes

There are so many delicious keto recipes to use zucchini (that kids will actually eat). Zucchini bread, chocolate cake, baked bacon egg zucchini casserole, and of course, low-carb spaghetti bolognese with zoodles.

Low Carb Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

My children’s favourite dinner each week has to be low carb spaghetti Bolognese with zoodles. it is the easiest recipe to make for a beginner and one of the easiest recipes to serve to a family who are just starting out on their low-carb journey.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Grain free, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
Keyword: Low-carb spaghetti bolognese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 318kcal
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  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced crushed
  • 500 g ground/minced beef
  • 400 g tinned/canned chopped tomatoes
  • selection of fresh or dried Italian herbs – I use the following
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried sage
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried marjoram
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large saucepan. gently fry the onion and garlic in oil until softened but not over cooked.
  • Add the mince/ground beef and continue to fry stirring continuously to break up the mince/ground beef. Fry until all the meat is cooked and browned.
  • Add the herbs, seasoning and tomatoes.
  • Stir then simmer for 15 minutes whilst you make the zoodles.
  • Serve in a bowl with zoodles and grated cheese or parmesan sprinkled on top.



Nutrition values calculated using 80% lean meat. Personally I don’t like the extra lean variety, nor the fattiest cut. I choose a mid range with a nice blend of meat and fat.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 30gFat: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 7g

Nutrition Notes:

  • The nutrition values are for 1 serving of the spaghetti bolognese and includes 1 cup cooked zoodles.
  • If you want to reduce the carbs further, restrict how many tomatoes you add to the recipe
  • 1 serving of regular spaghetti Bolognese and 1 cup cooked pasta equates to 56g carbs compared with 13g in low-carb spaghetti Bolognese version with zoodles

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  1. What would be the best way to warm the zoodles if you wanted them warm and not cold? Do they fall apart when warmed? Thanks!

    1. You can eat zoodles cooked, warm or cold and raw. To cook, place in a saucepan with a few inches or so of hot water, or use a steamer, and lightly steam/cook for only a couple of minutes. You may need to turn them mid cooking to ensure they are cooked evenly. Drain the water and allow the steam to escape so they aren’t soggy. They are pretty robust if not overcooked.

  2. Yum! My kids love this. I use the same spices except omit the rosemary and sage and use parsley. And, as always, your food photograph is so pretty. Someday, I’d like to get better at that aspect. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Aw thanks Terri, you are always so kind. I am in awe at some others food photography and really think I need to up my skills, then it is said that my recipes and photo’s are ‘attainable’ family meals, so then I am easily persuaded to be happy at mediocracy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. If the sauce is hot, will it heat up the zoodles? Or should I saute them? I am new to zoodles. So far I have only used them for cold salads.

    1. I usually steam them with only an inch of water in the pan (I’m too lazy to use a double steamer). Drain and let the heat in the saucepan to help remove any remaining water.

      1. Lana Blair says:

        How long do you steam them?

        1. The zoodles? Only for a few minutes so they don’t go soggy. Alternatively, I usually add an inch of water to the pan and boil them covered, then drain and allow the steam to escape.

  4. Jan vacher says:

    We have it with spiralised butternut squash and seafood too. Fabulous!

  5. I live in the South of France and enjoy chickpea pasta with my bolognaise. Just like normal pasta but pure chickpea.

  6. I really hate zoodles. When I make spaghetti I use shiritaki noodles instead of pasta. The shiritaki noodles contain no carbs and hardly any calories.

  7. Helen Goldsmith says:

    I made this tonight and it was SO tasty – thanks for sharing so many simple but great recipes! I’ll have another portion on Thursday and freeze the rest. So handy ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Just had this with butternut squash spaghetti from Tesco (England). Super super tasty. Having again tomorrow.

  9. are the spices in tablespoons or teaspoons.

    1. and do you use all 5 or just the ones you want.

  10. Just tried this recipe for dinner. It was super delicious.
    The zoodles tasted amazing with the minced beef sauce. Better than regular spagetti.

  11. I love this dish and make it often, thank you! How much ch oil did you use for cooking the onions and garlic, and is that amount figured into the nutrition info?

      1. Thanks! Just made it with ground lamb and it was superb!

  12. Monique McTighe says:

    This looks delicious. How much sauce and zoodles are in 1 serve?


  13. What oil do you recommend with this also can you cook the zucchini noodles so there not raw or do they get soft with the hot meat sauce

    1. I typically use olive oil, coconut oil or lard to cook with. You can see my Guide To Cooking Oils READ IT HERE. And yes you can cook the zoodles, either steam, microwave, fry or boil in a very small amount of water. You need to drain them well and let any steam escape as they can become very soggy very quick. Great questions ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. H Munster says:

        Where do you find lard, since Obama had it outlawed?

  14. 5 stars
    Do you really use 5 tablespoons of herbs? or just 1 tablespoon of your favourite herb?

  15. Love Keto spaghetti bolognese