Zucchini Noodles in a Fresh Tomato Sauce

Make zucchini noodles with a fresh tomato sauce for a healthy recipe alternative to pasta by The Taste SF

Last year we took a whirlwind trip around Italy where we ate all kinds of pasta and learned quite a few tips and tricks from Italian grandmothers in the mountains of the Amalfi Coast. This is our favorite tomato sauce recipe If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional pasta, this KitchenAid attachment is the perfect tool to make fresh zucchini noodles or zoodles. We used zoodles to make this recipe. It has all the flavor of Italy without all the carbs!

The best spiralizer for zoodles zucchini noodles for a healthy recipe alternative to pasta by The Taste SF
Making a fresh and easy tomato sauce by The Taste SF

We’ve tested a few vegetable spiralizers, and our favorite was the KitchenAid attachment. It makes thick and even noodles, and it was the easiest to put together and clean up. If you don’t have a KitchenAid mixer, we’d recommend this handheld spiralizer that also worked well. It doesn’t take up a lot of room, so it’s good for small kitchens. We recommend trying a large sized zucchini to start out. It makes it easier to handle. Cut it in half (or even thirds depending on the size). It only needs to be 4-5 inches and you’ll get long curly strands.

Zucchini Noodles are Zoodles are healthy noodles, The Taste SF
Make zucchini noodles with a fresh tomato sauce for a healthy recipe instead of pasta by The Taste SF

 

Zucchini Noodles in a Fresh Tomato Sauce
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Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus additional as needed
  • ¼ cup grated Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Zucchini, spiralized into noodles
  • 1 cup packed arugula
Instructions
  1. Add the oil and garlic to a cold skillet or frying pan, then set the pan over medium-low heat. Once it starts to bubble slightly, saute the garlic for 1 minute, stirring often, just until it begins to soften and you can smell the garlic. Be very careful not to let the garlic burn. You can always take it off the heat if you feel like it’s browning too quickly or add a little more oil to bring down the temperature.
  2. Add the tomatoes and salt. Sautée for 2-3 more minutes stirring frequently so the tomatoes won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. The tomatoes will release their juices.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, place the noodles in a bowl. Pour the sauce over the top and combine to coat the noodles evenly. Toss with the arugula and cheese. Add additional salt to taste as needed. To serve, top with a few long shavings of Grana Padano and serve immediately.
Notes
The longer this sits, the more the noodles will release water and start to become soggy. It’s best served immediately. Only salt the noodles immediately before serving because it will cause more water to release from the noodles.

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