Zucchini “Pasta” with Tomato Sauce

Gluten Free Zucchini “Pasta” mixed with a quick and easy tomato sauce!  A healthy low carb meal that can be made in under 30 minutes. Serve this Zucchini spaghetti with a crispy baguette and side salad to make it a meal!

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If you haven’t made zucchini noodles you are missing out. They are full of flavor, tender and not to mention are gluten free and vegetarian!

Instead of regular pasta zucchini is cut into the shape of noodles with the help of a Vegetable SlicerThey are a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables into your diet. The noodles are then tossed in a simple easy homemade tomato sauce.

You can enjoy these zucchini noodles raw or cooked. You can add the raw noodles directly to the sauce of saute them in a bit of oil before adding them in. I’ve done both methods and they both work great!

I love making these zucchini noodles with tomato sauce on busy weeknights. This recipe only takes 30 minutes to make, it can be made in one pan, plus it’s a healthy dinner you don’t have to feel guilty about eating!

How to cook Zucchini Noodles

  • Spiralize zucchini: Making zucchini noodles at home does not take much effort at all! I love using this handheld zoodler, this countertop one or you could also use the attachment on your food processor if you have it as well. I like to leave the skin on the zucchini for the color and added fiber.
  • Prepare the sauce for zucchini noodles: Add oil to a large saucepan. Add is onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until tender. Next add in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add in crushed tomatoes, oregano and red pepper flakes. Bring to a light simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add zucchini noodles to the sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender.
  • Serve: Stir in basil and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately.
  • Store: Leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  • Reheat: In a large skillet and simmer until heated through and the sauce has thickened.

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Tips

  • Add protein: While I do enjoy these noodles as is you can add your favorite choice of protein to them! Chicken, beef, shrimp, ground turkey or sausage are all great choices. I also love adding homemade meatballs to this!
  • More veggies! Add even more veggies to the sauce by sautéing finely chopped carrot or celery!

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Zucchini "Pasta" with Tomato Sauce

4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Gluten Free Zucchini “Pasta” mixed with a quick and easy tomato sauce! A healthy meal that can be made in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 zucchinis about 4 cups, cut into thin noodles with a vegetable spiralizer
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon basil chopped
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Add oil to a large saucepan. Add is onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until tender. Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute.

  2. Add in crushed tomatoes, oregano and red pepper flakes. Bring to a light simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add zucchini noodles to the sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender.
  4. Stir in basil and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini "Pasta" with Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 138mg6%
Potassium 819mg23%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 632IU13%
Vitamin C 46mg56%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Gluten Free, Healthy, Keto Friendly, Low carb recipes, Zucchini Pasta with Tomato Sauce

 

 

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  • Whitney

    I used this recipe for my first try with spiralized zucchini…and I LOVE it! This is really simple and delicious and low-cal. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica

    Made this tonight for my first try with zucchini spaghetti and it was a big hit! I added homemade turkey meatballs and will definitely be revisiting this combo often for quick healthy dinners! Thanks for sharing!

  • Renee

    Made this tonight with my Paderno spiralizer, 2nd recipe ever. It was amazing. I’m Italian and my idea of a serving of pasta is probably equivalent to 5-6 servings so I basically avoid pasta since I’m a carb freak. And while the newer wheat pastas are ok still not saving a lot of carbs or calories. Loved, loved, loved this. didn’t even miss the pasta. Of course I had to play with sauce just a bit and added turkey sausage but now I can have my spaghetti again! Thank you!

  • Dina

    Just made this tonight and it was delicious!!! I added 4oz of slow cooker pulled pork, which complimented the dish so much! I know there are 4 servings to this…..but does anyone know the serving size?? 1 cup? 1.5cups? etc etc…..

  • Hi Dina!

    So glad you liked it. Pulled pork sounds awesome with this! I would say about 1 cup per serving. There are about 4 cups of zucchini added to this but it tends to shrink in size after salted.

    Hope this helps!

    Kelley

  • Paula

    After years of avoiding zucchini, because it always was mushy or bland, I tried this recipe. It was a big hit with my family. Delicious! I followed the recipe as presented. The only change would be to increase the quantities, so there is more to eat!

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