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Contrary to popular (Pinterest) belief, you do NOT need to buy a spiralizer in order to make zucchini noodles. Toys are fun, and they open the door for more creative culinary experiments, but don’t be discouraged by the Beautiful People of the internet and their Fancy Things: you too can make zucchini pasta! 

This recipe is a simple Italian dinner dish–pasta and tomato sauce–only we’re using zucchini instead of traditional pasta for all our #lowcarb & #glutenfree friends out there. Prep time is about 45 minutes, and the yield serves 2 people.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 large zucchinis
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers (I like using different colors, like 1 orange & 1 green, but you do you)*
  • spinach
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • a dash of cayenne pepper
  • dried basil to taste
  • dried oregano to taste

*you can substitute lots of different vegetables in your tomato sauce, depending on how chunky/hearty you like it, so feel free to experiment!

  1. Rinse all your vegetables.
  2. Slice the zucchini into long, thin, 1/4-inch wide strips. Place these raw zucchini noodles into a large saucepan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil & 1/2 cup of water. Sauteé until the noodles are supple & the zucchini is starting to become translucent, then transfer the noodles to large pot or mixing bowl. Leave the remaining water & olive oil in the pan: you can use it for what comes next.
  3. Dice the tomato, onion & garlic, and add them to the saucepan. Let the vegetables simmer for 5 minutes. In meantime, dice the bell peppers & spinach, and add them to the saucepan together with the tomato paste. Gradually stir in the oregano, basil, salt, black pepper & cayenne pepper. Stir over a medium flame until the sauce is thick, the onions translucent and the peppers soft.
  4. Pour your tomato sauce onto your noodles and gently mix them together until the pasta is thoroughly coated in sauce. Now it’s ready to serve! I’d recommend pairing it with a glass of wine…

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