While I have never been a big fan of pasta itself, I love everything that goes WITH pasta: sauces, cheese, garlic, spices, meatballs… When I first started shifting to a ketogenic diet, one of my primary missions was to find new ways to enjoy all the things that go with pasta. I am not a fan of the kelp or konjac (shirataki) noodle options, but zucchini and eggplant, on the other hand became the perfect accompaniment for my cheese and sauce cravings.

So I invested in a mandoline to slice eggplant and zucchini into sheets for lasagne and manicotti (recipes coming soon!), however it’s just a waste to buy pre-noodled zucchini (aka zoodles) at the market…it’s at least 3x the price and why? I found this OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer at Sur La Table – and I love it. It’s one of the more basic and affordable versions – but it does the trick perfectly. Mine came with three different attachments to create thin spaghetti-style vegetable noodles or flat, fettucine-esque ribbons. On Amazon, you can choose from 1, 2, or 3 blade sets.

What I love about this handheld model, beyond the price tag, is that my efficient (read: lazier) way of cooking prefers to just put my zucchini or squash right over the stove, spiralize it into the hot pan and cook away rather than cut my noodles onto a separate plate and then transfer it to the pan. Cut out a step and save a plate!

I’ve had my spiralizer for over 6 months and literally use it at least five times a week, if not more. The blades are still razor sharp, I can toss it into the dishwasher without worrying about handles or miscellaneous parts and then use it again the next day.

OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer: $14.44 – $24.95 on Amazon