The $400 Spiralizer You Didn’t Know You Needed

updated May 1, 2019
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Rutabaga \Tagliatelle\ from Olmsted (Image credit: Olmsted)

Turning vegetables into noodles has become increasingly popular in recent years. It’s an easy way to sneak vegetables into meals, and spiralizers — the tools that create the “noodles” — are normally pretty inexpensive. We’ve featured a couple handheld spiralizers that cost less than $20, and one of our favorite spiralizers that we’ve tested only costs $43.

There’s another spiralizer, however, that has recently captured my heart, and it happens to be a little more expensive than the average noodler (okay, fine, it’s very expensive). This kitchen gadget is responsible for the best plate of food I’ve had all year long.

A month or so ago I had the pleasure of eating a heaping plate of rutabaga tagliatelle from Olmsted in Brooklyn, which Eater recently named as “Restaurant of the Year” for New York. It was a simple but luxurious dish consisting of perfectly cooked rutabaga, brown butter, and shaved black truffle.

I’ve never had a vegetable noodle that quite literally made my eyes roll into the back of my head, but this noodle was from a different planet. It was perfectly cooked; the pasta still had the texture of the rutabaga (slightly crisp), but it looked and moved the way regular pasta does. The resulting dish felt like the very best kind of healthy(ish) comfort food.

The secret behind this glorious dish was the specific spiralizer they used to make the noodles. The chef at Olmsted said they used the Tsumataro Vegetable Slicer from Korin. This machine takes hard vegetables and turns them into delicate sheets, which you can turn into pasta. The slicer comes with four different blades to choose from depending on what you’re making.

The only downside with this kitchen tool is that it costs just a little under $400. Ahem, yeah, that’s a lot for some vegetable noodles. Unless you have extra money to spend, a giant kitchen that needs to be outfitted, or have a deep obsession with everything spiralized, it might not be the most practical thing to buy. But you can dream, right? Until I fall into money, I’ll be seated at Olmsted ordering another bowl of rutabaga tagliatelle.

→ Buy it now: Tsumataro Vegetable Slicer from Korin, $399.50

Have you ever had rutabaga “pasta”? Is this spiralizer something you’re dreaming about purchasing too? Let us know in the comments.