We’re all looking for ways to cut calories here and there, and in the summer, as everyone’s garden explodes with zucchini and squash, the guilt-free cooking trend is to replace pasta with zucchini noodles, or zoodles.

These are just thinly sliced squash meant to emulate noodles – so you can enjoy your favorite pasta dish without all the carbs.

You can find inexpensive hand-held spiralizers at many local stores (check the “As Seen on TV” section) or fancier ones to attach to your stand mixer. Mandoline slicers can do the job, too, and in a pinch, you can even use a vegetable peeler to make long, thinly sliced strips.

It’s very important to drain the zucchini first. Otherwise, moisture from the vegetable will make your recipe turn out soggy. After all, zucchini and most other squash are about 95% water. Scroll through the slideshow to learn how to avoid soggy zucchini noodles in three easy steps.

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Step 1

Place the sliced zucchini noodles in a colander, trying not to overlap.

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