Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce)

Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com(This post is sponsored by DeLallo.)

Somehow I seem to be a few years late to all of the best trends in life.

You know, amazingness like Friday Night Lights?  Essential oils?  My FitBit?  Alabama Shakes?  Shishito peppers?  Anything by Gillian Flynn?  Everlane?  The Good Wife?  Slow-cooked caramelized onions?  Snapchat?

Oh yeah, pretty sure I’ve arrived at least three or so years “fashionably” late to the party with all of these.  The same certainly goes for the vegetable phenomenon as of late that is “spiralizing”.  I’ve been watching cooks and bloggers I know rave about turning so many favorite veggies into gorgeous little spirals for years.  But somehow I just hadn’t gotten around to ordering a spiralizer for myself until my friend Ali, from Inspiralized, finally offered to send me one of hers.

Now, a few years late to the party, I finally get why everyone’s obsessed.

Because now I’m the one who’s totally obsessed.

Deliciously, beautifully, healthfully, can’t-stop-won’t-stop-spiralizing-everything-in-sight obsessed.  

So today, I thought I’d finally join the rest of the food blogosphere and share my first spiralized recipe with you.  It’s a very simple one, but it’s meant to be a base recipe that you can use and customize however you might like.  Let’s get to spiralizing!

Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

The possibilities for spiralizing seem endless.  But as a newbie, I decided to begin with the veggie that I had already tried (and loved) spiralized, that also happens to be bountifully in season — zucchini!Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

No carbs…no gluten…just a huge pot of gorgeous green zoodles that were ready to go in about 2 minutes!

Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

And to accompany these zoodles, I made a big steaming pan of marinara sauce, featuring some of my favorite tomatoes (and tomato paste in the tube — best invention ever!) from DeLallo.  Since the ingredients are so simple, I really recommend investing in some good-quality ones, and fresh basil and garlic are a must.

Whip up the marinara sauce until it’s nice and thick (<– very important, because the zoodles will release some water when they’re added and thin out the sauce)…

Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

…then add in your zoodles and give them a good toss until everything’s well-coated and let them cook for just a few minutes.Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then top everything with some Parmesan cheese…(because I top all things Italian with Parmesan cheese)…Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

…and dish it up!

Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

I actually enjoyed these zoodles marinara plain, but feel free to add in some cooked protein (chicken, shrimp, etc.) or extra veggies if you’d like.  And of course, if you get creative with your spiralizer, there are plenty of other delicious veggies you could sub in for the zucchini.  The options are endless!!

But the sauce — mmmm, that sauce — is a must.  It tastes fresh, flavorful, and is the absolute perfect accompaniment to just about anything you might feel like spiralizing.  (And if you make it, be sure to snap a picture and post it with the #gimmesomeoven hashtag on Instagram so that I can see it!)

And get ready, because I’m pretty sure that more spiralized recipes will be coming your way soon.  ;)

Enjoy!

Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce)

This Zoodles Marinara recipe is super easy to make, super easy to customize, and SUPER delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons DeLallo extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced white onions
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced (or pressed)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can DeLallo diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons DeLallo tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or a pinch of cayenne)
  • 2 large zucchinis, spiralized
  • freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, for grating

Directions:

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent.  Add garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring frequently, until fragrant. Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes, then stir to combine. Continue cooking until the sauce reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low and continue to let the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the oil on the surface is a deep orange and the sauce is reduced and thickened. Taste, and season the sauce with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Add in the spiralized zucchini and toss until it is evenly coated with sauce.  Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the noodles are slightly softened.  Remove from the heat and serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan cheese.

 

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

This post is sponsored by DeLallo.  I have been partnering with DeLallo this year to bring some new tasty Italian recipes to the blog, and all opinions are 100% my own as always.  Thanks so much for continuing to support the brands that make this site possible!

Zoodles Marinara (Zucchini Noodles with Chunky Tomato Sauce) -- easy to make, and SO delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Amy — September 7, 2015 @ 9:21 am (#)

    So pretty!!!!! I’ve been wanting to get a spiralizer for months now. Do you have one that you recommend? Your marinara looks amazing.

  2. Savita @ ChefDeHome — September 8, 2015 @ 1:02 am (#)

    Loving healthy touch of zucchini noodles and delicious marinara sauce! Perfect for this time of year. thanks for sharing, Ali!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 8th, 2015 @ 10:22 am

      Thanks Savita, we hope you enjoy this recipe! : )

  3. Carole — September 8, 2015 @ 2:14 am (#)

    I think I need to get a spiralizwr!

  4. Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen — September 8, 2015 @ 7:44 am (#)

    I love zucchini noodles!!  This looks delicious and I love all the garlic in this recipe!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 8th, 2015 @ 9:03 am

      Thanks Deborah, we hope you enjoy the recipe!

  5. Jennifer Melcher — September 8, 2015 @ 9:01 am (#)

    Love it! I am following all of your tagged “gluten free” recipes. Thank you for this delicious inspirational goodness!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 8th, 2015 @ 9:02 am

      Thanks Jennifer, we hope you enjoy the zoodles! :)

  6. Josh | The Kentucky Gent — September 8, 2015 @ 10:16 am (#)

    I’ve been trying to cut back on carbs, but I love pasta.. sounds like this is about to be a great substitute for me!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  7. Katie @ Katie Wanders — September 8, 2015 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    My issue with zoodles is how watery they get, but this is so smart! Super chunky sauce that the zoodles will thin.  I have been neglecting my spiralizer after getting sick of water sauces, but I am back in the game now thanks!

    Katie @ Katie Wanders 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 9th, 2015 @ 10:11 pm

      Yay, we hope you like this one Katie!

  8. Hannah — September 9, 2015 @ 10:18 am (#)

    I just made this and enjoyed it quite a bit! And it’s all made of vegetables so I don’t have to feel guilty about stuffing my face. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 9th, 2015 @ 10:28 pm

      Haha thanks Hannah, we’re happy you enjoyed it!

  9. Lori @ RecipeGirl — September 9, 2015 @ 3:37 pm (#)

    This looks like my kind of dinner! I will have to make this one for my family soon!

  10. Sarah | Well and Full — September 10, 2015 @ 11:00 am (#)

    My little half-Italian heart is overjoyed at this recipe!! Zoodles are the absolute best. :D

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 10th, 2015 @ 4:32 pm

      Yay, we’re so glad to hear that Sarah! :)

  11. Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — September 10, 2015 @ 11:19 am (#)

    Haha don’t feel bad, I am behind too. I am just getting ready to buy my first spiralizer! Maybe someday we will catch up? Until then I will be more than happy to nosh on this bowl of fabulousness!!

  12. Emily @ robust recipes — September 10, 2015 @ 11:26 am (#)

    This looks yummy. I recently got a spiralzer and love it. Funny thing is I haven’t made it with a simple marina sauce. I will have to get on that! 

  13. Tom ~ Raise Your Garden — September 11, 2015 @ 6:08 am (#)

    Just was reading that buying a spiralizer is one of the top kitchen tools to help you loose weight. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 11th, 2015 @ 8:48 am

      That doesn’t surprise us Tom, it definitely gets us to eat more veggies! :) Do you have one?

  14. Charity — September 11, 2015 @ 8:19 pm (#)

    I used to have a spiralizer many many years ago but can’t find it. Maybe it’s time to find a new one so I can try this recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 14th, 2015 @ 7:53 am

      Yes, we love them, definitely worth getting a new one! :D

  15. sneha — September 13, 2015 @ 2:20 am (#)

    Hey., Loving healthy touch of zucchini noodles and delicious marinara sauce! Perfect for this time of year. thanks for sharing.. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15th, 2015 @ 11:24 am

      Thanks, we hope you enjoy the recipe! :)

  16. Esther — September 13, 2015 @ 9:40 pm (#)

    I made this tonight. Delicious! Really delicious. It was the first time I had used my spiralizer and it worked out really well. Thank you for the great recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 14th, 2015 @ 8:38 am

      Thanks for sharing Esther, we’re so happy to hear you enjoyed your first spiralizer recipe! :)

  17. Sarah D. — September 14, 2015 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    How low will this stay fresh? Is it good to keep in the fridge for the next 2 days or so?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15th, 2015 @ 11:14 am

      Hey Sarah! Yes, this should keep fine for a few days.

  18. Culinary Favorites From A to Z — September 14, 2015 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    WOW – this looks amazing.  You’ve definitely made me hungry and in need of some zucchini, LOL. I expect that won’t be too hard to fix.

  19. Lori Sherman-Appel — September 15, 2015 @ 10:51 am (#)

    I LOVE this recipe & cannot wait to make it.  By any chance, do you have the nutritional analysis?  Given the amount of tomatoes, I need to know the grams of sugar. 
    Thank you!!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 15th, 2015 @ 10:58 am

      Thanks Lori, we hope you enjoy it! Unfortunately though we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  20. Lois Fitzgerald — September 28, 2015 @ 4:03 pm (#)

    So glad I found this recipe.  I asked God to send me some Zucchini, Just wanted a big one to make cake or bread.  WELL I got six at a food bank give away yesterday, and I had 3 friends who didn’t want theirs so I ended up with 24. LOL I have a SPIROOLI and have never used it.  I checked it out and it will cut the curls.  Can’t wait to try it.  I think I might have to freeze it since I don’t think it will can well.  Wish me luck  Do you think maybe God went a little over board answering my prayer?  Thank you God

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 28th, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

      We’re glad you got your zucchini Lois, and we hope you enjoy this recipe!

  21. Sarah T — January 8, 2016 @ 12:49 am (#)

    Saw this recipe on Pinterest. Which led me to here. Will be my first time attempting zoodles but this gave me all the inspiration I needed to try it. Going out first thing tomorrow and grabbing everything to make this amazing dish! Thank you😀

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 9th, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

      Awesome Sarah, we hope you have fun with it and that you enjoy the dish! :)

  22. Stephanie — January 10, 2016 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    OMG … this is the most delicious dish ever!  This was my first experience with “zoodles” and I am beyond sold!  I’m skeptical about a lot of things, so it took me forever to try it, but, I bought myself a spiralizer … and made this tonight …. and want to eat it every night now!  I only sprinkled a few red pepper flakes (not a big fan of my mouth burning!) … and added 1/2 ounce of crumbled goat cheese before serving!  DELISH!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

      Thank you Stephanie, we’re so happy you enjoyed this! Aren’t spiralizers so fun?! :D

  23. Suzan Gannett — January 19, 2016 @ 6:22 pm (#)

    Is dish was so yummy.  It is definitely a repeat recipe.  I didn’t have fresh basil so used dried and it was still delicious.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 20th, 2016 @ 2:11 pm

      Thanks Suzan, we’re so glad you enjoyed it, and we’re glad it worked out with the dried basil!

  24. Renée — February 1, 2016 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    Helpful hint. Wrap the zoodles in paper towels to get the water out of them 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 2nd, 2016 @ 9:57 am

      Thanks Renee, that is a great tip — we appreciate you sharing with us! :)

  25. Renée — February 1, 2016 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    Helpful hint with zoodles. Because of he watery consistency, I spiral the zoodles early in the day and wrap them in paper towels

  26. Annabel — February 11, 2016 @ 5:22 am (#)

    I’ve been attempting to curtail carbs, however I adore pasta.. sounds like this is going to be an incredible substitute for me!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 11th, 2016 @ 8:54 am

      Yes, it’s so hard, isn’t it?! These zoodles definitely help though — we hope you enjoy them! :)

  27. Lindsey E — February 11, 2016 @ 8:31 pm (#)

    Wow. All I can say is wow. That marinara sauce is absolutely amazing I’ve never tasted something so good! And it was so fun to make since I love cooking so much. First time ever trying zoodles and I am obsessed. Thanks for an amazing recipie!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 10:32 am

      Thank you Lindsey! We’re so happy you loved the sauce and this dish! :D

  28. Marie Pierce — February 12, 2016 @ 5:39 am (#)

    I simply made this and appreciated it a lot! Also, it’s all made of vegetables so I don’t need to feel regretful about stuffing my face.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 15th, 2016 @ 10:39 am

      Thanks Marie! We’re so glad you enjoyed this! :) It’s a good compromise when you’re craving pasta but are also trying to eat healthier or watch the carbs, eh?

  29. Joecettina — February 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    This looks great I have a great sauce that I use on my pizza I will add chicken can’t Waite to make this

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 17th, 2016 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks Joecettina — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  30. jessicaray4 — February 19, 2016 @ 5:52 am (#)

    Goodness. Whatever I can say is goodness. That marinara sauce is totally astounding I’ve never tasted something so great! Furthermore, it was so amusing to make since I cherish cooking to such an extent. First time continually attempting zoodles and I am fixated. A debt of gratitude is in order for a stunning recipie!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 19th, 2016 @ 9:10 am

      Thank you, we’re so glad you loved it! :)

  31. Harper — March 2, 2016 @ 9:36 am (#)

    This dish was so yummy and bright! The zoodles really lighten up the classic spaghetti and tomato sauce. I like my food on the spicy side, so I did amp up the red pepper flakes a bit.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 2nd, 2016 @ 11:50 am

      Thanks Harper — we’re so glad you enjoyed this! :)

  32. Annabel — March 8, 2016 @ 6:47 am (#)

    I LOVE this formula and can’t hold up to make it. By any chance, do you have the nourishing investigation? Given the measure of tomatoes, I have to know the grams of sugar. 
    Thank you!!!!

  33. Alankrita — March 18, 2016 @ 1:41 am (#)

                    “Greate””ZOODLES MARINARA”    I really delighted in these zoodles marinara plain, yet don’t hesitate to include some cooked protein (chicken, shrimp, and so on.) or additional veggies in the event that you’d like. Furthermore, obviously, on the off chance that you get inventive with your spiralizer, there are a lot of different tasty veggies you could sub in for the zucchini.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 18th, 2016 @ 9:55 am

      We’re so glad you enjoyed these! And yes, there are endless options for add-ins! :)

  34. Malin Andersson — March 25, 2016 @ 8:32 am (#)

     Noodles are one of  my favorite dish in fast food. My mom hand made noodles are my favorite one, so I will tell her about this delicious recipe. She will definitely make it for me. Moreover thanks for this nice blog.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 25th, 2016 @ 10:12 am

      Awesome Malin, we hope she’ll enjoy this! :)