Cheesy Zucchini Noodles with Bacon

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 pound zucchini (about 3 medium)

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 slices bacon, chopped

2 teaspoons unsalted butter

2 scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts separated)

1 clove garlic, minced

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

2/3 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cut the zucchini into long noodles using a spiralizer (or use 1 pound store-bought zucchini noodles). Set aside.
  2. Put a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Toss the tomatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Spread on the hot baking sheet and bake until the tomatoes are slightly softened and just browned around the edges, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove to a paper towel¿lined plate and wipe out the skillet. Melt the butter in the skillet and add the scallion whites and garlic; cook until softened, about 1 minute. Add the flour and stir to combine, about 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk, mustard, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cheese until smooth.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini noodles and season with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring, until the zucchini is just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the zucchini to the cheese sauce, leaving any extra liquid in the skillet. Cook over medium heat, gently tossing until coated; season with salt and black pepper. Top with the roasted tomatoes, bacon and scallion greens.
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