One Pot Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce

photo of a forkful of One Pot Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce

This low carb meal is a guilt free way to enjoy pasta with tomato sauce.

I’ve finally gotten into the zoodles trend. Between the summer heat and watching  American Ninja Warrior, I’ve been motivated to eat better and have been craving lighter dishes. Enter zucchini noodles.
photo of a plate of One Pot Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce

For those who haven’t had it, it makes a lot of sense. Zucchini is firm enough to easily spiralize into long strands of faux noodles. Zucchini also soaks up the flavor of whatever it is cooked with.
overhead photo of spiralized zucchini
Eating this dish made me feel like I was eating a bowl of pasta and I loved how well my strands of zucchini noodles held up, even after being cooked. They have a very similar mouthfeel to real pasta and I was able to twist them around my fork easier than with regular pasta.

For my first attempt, I kept it simple. I did a really basic tomato sauce and then finished it with some cherry tomatoes from my garden since I finally harvested enough for a meal.
overhead photo of zucchini noodles twirled on a fork
This dish is light and summery and won’t leave you feeling heavy or bloated. To help stay fit this summer I’ve been increasing my walking by using my treadmill. I’m finally hitting that 10,000 steps mark with my fitbit and have actually worn out my band so I’m in the market for a new one. I didn’t realize that there were so many patterns and colors to choose from made by other companies. Now if only someone would make one with donuts, cupcakes or cookie patterns. I’d totally buy that. I guess for now I’ll have to settle for polka dots and flowers.

To spiralize my zucchini, I purchased the iperfect kitchen hand-held vegetable spiralizer*. And it works great so far. On my very first attempt, I was able to spiralize my entire zucchini without it breaking. All that was left was a tiny core.
close-up photo of forkful of zucchini noodles
Now that I know it works, I can’t wait to experiment with more pasta sauces and other vegetables. Stay tuned for more recipes!

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One Pot Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
This low carb meal is a guilt-free way to enjoy pasta with tomato sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 average-sized zucchinis spiralized (you can leave skin on or off, depending on your preference)
  • 6 cherry tomatoes halved
  • grated parmesan cheese optional

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan or pot, add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and onion powder. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until it thickens. 

  2. Turn up heat and add in zucchini noodles. Don't be afraid it if seems that there isn't enough liquid for the noodles because the zucchini will release water and shrink once it starts to heat up. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally so that all zucchini cooks evenly, until your zoodles are cooked. Zoodles should be tender but still somewhat firm. If your sauce becomes too watery, you can drain some liquid out. If it isn't liquid enough, you can add another 1-2 tbsp of broth during the cooking.
  3. Toss in cherry tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.5 of recipe)
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 521mg23%
Potassium 1042mg30%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 875IU18%
Vitamin C 69.3mg84%
Calcium 118mg12%
Iron 3.6mg20%
Net Carbs 13g26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

 

5 comments on “One Pot Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Sauce”

  1. This looks so fresh and healthy!!

  2. This was very delicious and so fresh!  Loved it!!  Any ideas as to what to do with the part of zucchini that did not get spiralized?  It’s kind of an awkward left over. ;0) 

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