Zucchini Pasta w/ Raw Marinara Sauce

January 16, 2013 by Ali

Adventures from my week of eating raw continue!

One of my favorite discoveries of the week was raw marinara sauce. It tasted almost identical to traditional marinara sauce, but like so many things raw, it literally just took the push of a button on the food processor and the sauce was ready to go in seconds! I also snuck in a few extra ingredients, like a red bell pepper, a carrot, and lots of fresh basil. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can also throw in some sun-dried tomatoes. But overall, I was completely in love with this raw marinara sauce. Look forward to making it again soon even after I’ve returned to my old “cooked” ways.

For those looking for a pasta alternative, this raw shaved zucchini “pasta” was also super simple and took about one minute to make. It paired perfectly with the marinara, and even looked extra lovely too.

Definitely a winner of a raw recipe! But even if you’re not going all out with the raw diet, it’s a fabulous fresh and easy meal that you can have on the table in minutes. And it is of course gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan and vegetarian as well. :)

Do you have any favorite raw food recipes?

Zucchini Pasta with Raw Marinara Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6 Servings


  • 3 zucchini, stems removed
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • (optional) 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • quarter of a white onion, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, packed
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (use more/less to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly-cracked black pepper


Use a vegetable peeler to shave the zucchini into long ribbons. Set aside.

In a food processor, combine the remaining ingredients and pulse until blended. Season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.

Serve the zucchini topped with marinara sauce.

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Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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20 thoughts on “Zucchini Pasta w/ Raw Marinara Sauce

  1. Hi – your pasta is beautiful but I have one issue – canned tomatoes are not raw! You have to use fresh tomatoes, or rehydrate dried tomatoes to be sure you are getting all the nutrients and enzymes.

    - Janet

    • Agreed! Very misleading to call this a raw recipe. Canned tomatoes can be omitted and use fresh tomatoes instead.

      - Miru

  2. I might try it, but i wonder if it wont be too hot and spicy with all that raw garlic

    - Ixel

  3. I’ll be making this. I made up something similar last night, also using a can of crushed organic tomatoes but I don’t know that we can call it raw if using canned tomatoes because they are cooked at high temperature in the can. If wanting to go completely raw I’d use fresh tomatoes and bump up the dried ones for extra flavour.
    I also need to research how packet herbs are dried. Are they done in simple low heat dehydrator or using high heat which, once again, means they are not technically raw. I’m in conversion so not as pedantic about it as some might be………..yet. What’s your opinion?

    - Rhonda

  4. I feel like I eat a lot of raw food (salads, etc.), but don’t “prepare” a lot of raw food. This dish looks perfect!

    - Sues

  5. This is so pretty! And sounds just perfect!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  6. This is stunning! The colors, the healthiness…I’m speechless!

    - Laurie {Simply Scratch}

  7. What a great idea, Ali! Must give this recipe a try. Your photos are gorgeous, friend!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  8. What a great recipe Ali! I’ve never tried a raw marinara sauce. The zucchini pasta is great and one of my favorites in the summer.

    - Nancy/SpicieFoodie

  9. I love the idea of this and have been looking for a few savory ideas for my new blendtec. LOVE!!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  10. I love raw marinara paired with super stringy zucchini but these fatter ribbons I. must. try. My only raw menu item this week would be nuts. Not so inspiring.

    - Heidi @foodiecrush

  11. I’ve never really thought about a raw marinara sauce before but it sounds brilliant – I bet the taste of the tomato is really fresh and punchy!

    - Kathryn

  12. I will DEFINITELY be trying this raw marinara sauce – sounds so fresh, flavorful, and delicious. I may serve mine atop some whole wheat noodles (I’m not on a raw diet) but the zucchini pasta looks great too!

    - taylor @ taylormade

  13. i need that oxo veggie peeler! and i love the simplicity of this Ali. I’ve made raw marinara before but never atop gorgeous zucchini “pasta” ribbons before. This is exactly what my skinny jeans need for dinner too. :)

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction