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Fresh Quick Cooking Tomato Sauce over Zucchini Pasta

Here's a quick dish that's fresh and so delicious. You'll love the spiral zucchini in place of regular pasta. Gluten free and vegan too. Enjoy!

Course Dinner, Family Favorties, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword pasta, tomato sauce, Tomatoes, Vegan, vegetarian, zucchini
Prep Time 1 day 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 day 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 173 kcal
Author Pam


  • 2 small zucchinis, washed with the skin left on
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small to medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or minced
  • 3 large plump tomatoes seeded and cut into small chunks – about 1 ½ cups
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, rolled up then sliced in a chiffonade.
  • 2 tsp tomato paste or leave out
  • sea or kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey, agave, or brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, this is optional
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, adds a nice flavor without too much heat


  1. 1. Add oil to large pan, toss in onions, cook until translucent and have softened up. Add garlic. Cook just until you smell the garlic.

    2. Add in tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, honey, turmeric, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook about 10 to 15 minutes on low to medium heat with the cover off.

    3. Check for seasoning and thickness of sauce. Add in some tomato sauce if need to thin or a teaspoon more of tomato paste if need to thicken.

    4. Add in basil and stir. Let cook just a minute more.

    5. Take off heat and let sit for just a few minutes while you prepare the zucchini noodles.

    6. Spiral or grate the noodle and place in a large bowl. After you taste sauce, pour over zucchini noodles. The sauce will warm the noodles just a bit. (For more of a cooked noodle, drop zucchini in boiling water for just a minute or two. Drain then place in serving bowl, or place in microwave for 2 minutes)

Recipe Notes

Enjoy to your health!