Spiralized Arroz con Fideos

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Spiralized Arroz con Fideos

Spiralized Arroz con Fideos

I’m building a post for this week called “How to Inspiralize Your Favorite Meals,” featuring all of the recipes from my blog that are classic pasta, rice and noodle dishes, made healthier with the spiralizer.

Looking through all of my recipes, I realized there weren’t enough rice dishes for the roundup, so I’m trying to squeeze in one more before the post.

Arroz con fideos is a rice (arroz) dish with short pasta noodles (fideos), cooked with simple ingredients (pretty much just olive oil, pasta noodles, rice and chicken broth.)

Spiralized Arroz con Fideos

Sounds blah, but it’s surprisingly one of the most delicious things ever. The last time I was in Puerto Rico visiting Lu’s family, his mother made a big batch of it. Of course, I devoured three helpings! I think there were also bits of ham in there, but it was the same premise: rice and fried noodles.

In an attempt to recreate this, I’ve replaced the “arroz” (rice) with butternut squash rice and the “fideos” (noodles) with zucchini half moons. Why half moons? They’re shorter!

Spiralized Arroz con Fideos

It’s essential to use a zucchini on the smaller side (smaller in diameter) to ensure a shorter noodle. If you only have large zucchinis, that’s okay – just trim them up after spiralizing to ensure that most are shorter than 2-ish inches.

I added a few ingredients to this traditional Hispanic dish to counteract the sweetness in the butternut squash – hence the use of lime juice and onions.

Spiralized Arroz con Fideos

If you don’t want to attack that butternut squash, you can use these zucchini noodles with regular rice (still helps keep the processed carb count down!) or try putting the zucchini noodles into cauliflower rice or quinoa. Overall, your tastebuds will get the point – yummy noodles with fluffy rice. You really can’t beat it!

Actually, as we’re building our wedding menu, I’m trying to obviously find creative ways to build in our heritages – mine, mostly Italian and his, Caribbean (he was born in Puerto Rico but his mother is Colombian and his father was Dominican.)

Spiralized Arroz con Fideos

Of course, something spiralized is making the menu! But, I definitely want that Hispanic-Italian fusion in there somewhere.

Since this is Meatless Monday, I left out a meat, but this would work fabulously with chicken, bacon or even shrimp. Try this as a side dish – it also stores well, so build it into your weekly meal plans for lunch.

While this arroz con fideos isn’t entirely like the original, it’s 100% spiralized and therefore, 100% good-for-you.

Nutritional Information & Recipe


Spiralized Arroz con Fideos

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4


  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, Blade C
  • 1 small thin zucchini no larger than 1.5” diameter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice


  • Place the butternut squash noodles into a food processor and pulse until rice-like. Set aside.
  • Chop the ends off the zucchini and slice lengthwise in half, careful not to pierce the center. Spiralize, using Blade C. Set aside.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and once heated, coat with cooking spray and add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Then, add in the zucchini noodles and sautee for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through and al dente. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate using pasta tongs or a slotted spoon to let excess moisture drip out. If there are a few stragglers, it’s okay – you can leave them in the skillet.
  • Immediately add in the olive oil and onions to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add in the butternut squash rice, season with salt and pepper, stir and add in the chicken broth and lime juice. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until butternut squash is cooked and is a soft, rice-like consistency, stirring frequently. Once done, add the zucchini noodles back to the skillet, give one big toss and transfer to a serving bowl.

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Saunya says:
this looks great - really enjoying trying out all your recipes with my spiralizer!
Lydia says:
Looks delicious! And I would love to see a Friday feature :)
hipfoodiemom says:
yes!! would love to see Friday features on the blog that tracks your healthy fit journey!
Anonymous says:
I can't wait to try this. I am half Puerto Rican and I love this dish. I never have thought of using butternut squash as the "rice" and using zucchini noodles. I am definitely going to try this as a side to some grilled chicken. I bought the spiralizer recently and I try one of your recipes at least once a week! :)
Jen K says:
I'd love to see a Friday feature that tracks your healthy fit journey! Might help inspire me to get healthy and fit myself.
Anonymous says:
This looks good as a side dish or entree. A Friday feature would be nice - a reminder to all to stay on track over the weekend!
Anonymous says:
Looks amazing! I am currently on Whole 30 and no rice is killing me!! Your recipes have saved me on this! :) Thank you for all you post!
Michelle says:
Looks awesome.
JayCee says:
This looks fabulous! I'm putting it on the menu later this week. I'll probably add a bit of Canadian bacon to the dish, but I'm sensing delicious already!
Janet T. says:
I love meatless Mondays. Thanks for doing that. I think a feature on Friday about fitness would be great, but I do like the recipes....
Dotty says:
I just can't imagine what this will taste like......guess I will just have to try it !!! Thanks for the opportunity to win the duffle bag and a chance to vote yes to your Friday blog on your healthy weight journey
micabay says:
We tried your Brussels sprout salad with apple and almonds last night - huge hit here! I had a small bag of zucchini noodles so threw that in as well, plus toasted the almonds with salt and honey Nick Stellino style. Topped it with grilled salmon. Pretty enough for a special company dish with all the colors. Keep it up, we're loving it!
Inna says:
Love this recipe
Marilyn :-) says:
This looks delicious and sooo easy! Yes, I'd like a Friday Blog entry with info about your journey. Very helpful and inspiring! Thank you! Glad I found your site! Have a grrr8 day! :-)
Alex says:
for the Caribbean/Italian fusion - have you ever had/made a pastelon? Very much like a lasagne but with plantains (not too ripe but still sweet maduros) as the noodle, and then a picadillo type meat sauce layered in between and baked. Maybe a little heavy for a wedding but delicious in any circumstance.
Erin says:
would love to see Friday feature :)
Yes to Friday feature.
This looks so tasty! ANd yes to the Friday Feature :) Katie @ www.runningaragnar.com
Laura says:
Holy cow, this is so yummy! I just made a batch & it is almost all gone. I was a bit skeptical at first (how good could this combo of veggies really be??) but then tasting is believing. Super yummy. I added some white sweet potato (just because I had then & thought they would also make good "rice"). So good. I just bought my spiralizer & someone pointed me in your direction. I'm so glad they did! Can't wait to be inspiralized some more.
Anonymous says:
Mexican fideo has a blended mix of tomatoes, garlic, onion and a pinch of cumin then you add chicken broth to make it more of a soup. Its yummy!

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