Okay, so they’re not identical to macaroni. BUT, they are c-shaped, like macaroni noodles are.
While you can’t truly replace macaroni and cheese, macaroni-shaped noodles are ideal for making pasta salads!
These c-shaped noodles are easier to manage (they’re shorter) and they’re a nice change in shape, if you’re in a spaghetti rut.
Spiralized pasta salads are perfect for back-to-school lunches and end-of-summer picnics – they pack well.
My all-time favorite zucchini pasta salad is my Italian Zucchini Pasta Salad, but here are some others that use the macaroni-shaped zucchini noodle:
These c-shaped noodles aren’t just for pasta salads, they’re great in soups, too! Here are some examples:
Since I love making macaroni-shaped zucchini noodles SO much, I made you a video to show you just how I do it – plus, I’m sharing my favorite Italian dried herb vinaigrette that I use in salads and spiralized pasta salads.
The trick to this dressing? The longer it sits on the zucchini noodles, the better – it helps marinate the veggie and soften it.