Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Zucchini Spaghetti w/ a Quick & Fresh Tomato Sauce

Super easy weeknight dinner that even the kids are going to have fun eating!  And no one will even know its healthy! ::haha:: Serve with my Homemade Sausage.

Cut down on carbs with this dish while getting your dose of veggies.  {I used whole wheat pasta for even bigger protein boost}  If you can find this in your grocery store pick it up! I found this in my pre-packaged produce section.  How cute is this package of zucchini!?

Sauce is super simple and takes minutes to come together- all you're waiting for is the pasta water to boil!


  • 1/2 lb of whole wheat spaghetti (yes! only 1/2 the box in necessary!)
  • about 1 lb of shredded-into-strings zucchini
  • 1 small onion, diced small
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp of dried basil
  • pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. Get the water on to boil for the pasta.
  2. In a large sauce pot or skillet (bc when the pasta is done we will toss in with the sauce- need some room to toss)  over medium heat add the oil.
  3. When the oil is hot add the onion and saute until soft (about 5-7 minutes).  Then add the garlic, saute for a minute or so.
  4. Then add your tomatoes- cook for a minute or so- I like to squish them a bit in the pan so they release some juices. 
  5. Then add your spices.  Cook for a minute.
  6. Then add the water.  Bring to a simmer and keep on a low simmer until ready to serve.
  7. (In the picture I used a small branch of rosemary too, bc I had rosemary in the sausage- but this is totally optional)
  8. When the pasta is al dente add it to the sauce pot along with your zucchini and toss until warmed through and zucchini is soft (zucchini is cut so thin it cooked in a minute or so)
  9. Serve topped with some parsley and grated romano!

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