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Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce

Zucchini Noodles

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Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce is a fantastic way to enjoy a healthy and delicious pasta dish for lunch or dinner without any guilt!

Zucchini Noodles Recipe

 I am always looking for ways to get my family to eat healthy recipes without them KNOWING they are eating something healthy.

Zucchini Noodles

 

I like to add healthy recipes into my family’s meal plan during the Summer when all of the fresh produce is in in our area.  There is just something about cooking it fresh from the garden or farmers market.

This dish comes together pretty quick on it’s own. If you’d like to save a little more time, you can use prepared tomato sauce to make this zucchini noodles recipe. However, you can make your own tomato sauce from scratch in less than half an hour or you can make large batches in advance and freeze the rest for easy weeknight meals.

If you’ve never cooked zucchini before, here are a few tips for making this easy Zucchini noodle pasta dish.

HOW TO SPIRALIZE THE ZUCCHINI

It’s actually very simple with a vegetable slicer.  This basically does all of the work for you.  And they are really easy to use!


 
Place the noodles in a colander over a plate.  Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt and let the noodles sweat out the water for about 30 minutes or so.  Then gently toss them with your hands and squeeze out the water.  You can also use pat the noodles dry after spiralizing them. 
 
 

ARE THERE OTHER TIPS TO HELP AVOID WATERY NOODLES?

 
 Yes there are. Make sure to NOT add salt to the pan. Do not overcrowd the pan full of the zucchini noodles.  And cook the noodles over medium-high heat.
 

CAN YOU PREP THE ZUCCHINI NOODLES AHEAD OF TIME?

 
Yes, you can. After getting the water out of them, line a storage container with a paper towel, then add your noodles.  Place the container in fridge. They will last for 2 to 3 days. 
 

WHAT MAKES ZUCCHINI BETTER THEN REGULAR PASTA?

 
Zucchini is very low in carbs, is gluten-free, and low in calories.  They also provide a terrific boost of vitamin A and C as well as potassium and fiber. 
Zucchini Noodles

If you have ever wondered how to prepare Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce, below is a quick and simple way to make these amazingly yummy dish for your family!

Yield: 4 servings
Total Prep Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

4 large firm zucchini, peeled
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
Sea salt and pepper,

Tomato Sauce:

3 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
½ T. crushed red-pepper flakes
½ c. tomato paste
2 c. fresh tomatoes, chopped and seeds removed
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. garlic powder
salt and pepper 

Garnish (optional):

fresh basil, washed, dried and cut into thin slices
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

 

Directions:

Prepare the sauce by heating olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and heat until fragrant. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano,  a dash of salt and pepper, and garlic powder.

Simmer until sauce is slightly reduced, approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce is cooking, slice the zucchini into thin, long noodles with a spiral slicer.

Cut the noodles with kitchen scissors once they reach 10-12” long. Place cut noodles on paper or clean kitchen towels to absorb excess moisture and set aside.

Heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the garlic turns golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and remove garlic from the pan with a slotted spoon or fork and discard. Add zucchini noodles to skillet and sauté for approximately 2 minutes. While cooking, use tongs to flip the noodles to ensure they are warmed on each side. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside. If you prefer to boil the noodles,  just bring a pot of water to a boil, then toss in your zucchini noodles and cook for literally one minute. 

Remove from heat and toss with the warm tomato sauce. Transfer to a serving dish and top with sliced basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce is a fantastic way to enjoy a healthy and delicious pasta dish for lunch or dinner without any guilt!

Ingredients

  • 4 large firm zucchini, peeled
  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • Tomato Sauce:
  • 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ T. crushed red-pepper flakes
  • ½ c. tomato paste
  • 2 c. fresh tomatoes, chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • Garnish (optional):
  • fresh basil, washed, dried and cut into thin slices
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Instructions

Prepare the sauce by heating olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and heat until fragrant. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano, a dash of salt and pepper, and garlic powder.

Simmer until sauce is slightly reduced, approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce is cooking, slice the zucchini into thin, long noodles with a spiral slicer.

Cut the noodles with kitchen scissors once they reach 10-12” long. Place cut noodles on paper or clean kitchen towels to absorb excess moisture and set aside.

Heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the garlic turns golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and remove garlic from the pan with a slotted spoon or fork and discard. Add zucchini noodles to skillet and sauté for approximately 2 minutes. While cooking, use tongs to flip the noodles to ensure they are warmed on each side. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside. If you prefer to boil the noodles, just bring a pot of water to a boil, then toss in your zucchini noodles and cook for literally one minute. 

Remove from heat and toss with the warm tomato sauce. Transfer to a serving dish and top with sliced basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 201mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 9g Protein: 5g

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