Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe

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Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce replaces traditional pasta with homemade zucchini noodles, topped with a spicy Italian red sauce.

Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe

This Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce recipe replaces traditional pasta with healthy and delicious spaghetti-like zucchini noodles. This is perfect for those watching their diet because you can enjoy without guilt.

Arrabbiata is a spicy Italian red sauce made with red pepper flakes. You can make your own sauce from scratch in less than half an hour or you can make large batches in advance and freeze the rest for easy weeknight meals. Or, you can use prepared arrabbiata sauce to save time if you like.

Here’s how to make Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce.

Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe

Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Total Prep Time:
40 minutes

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • 4 large firm zucchini, peeled
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste

Arrabbiata Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ tbsp crushed red-pepper flakes
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Garnish (optional)

  • fresh basil, washed, dried and cut into thin slices
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe

Instructions

When making this recipe you’ll want to start working on the sauce first.

Start by heating olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and heat until fragrant. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Simmer until the sauce is slightly reduced, for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce is cooking, slice zucchini into thin, long noodles with a spiral slicer.

Cut the noodles with kitchen scissors once they reach 10-12” long. Place cut noodles on paper or clean kitchen towels to absorb excess moisture and set aside.

Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the garlic turns golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium and remove the garlic from the pan with a slotted spoon or fork and discard.

Add the zucchini noodles to skillet and sauté for approximately 2 minutes. While cooking, use tongs to flip the noodles to ensure they are warmed on each side. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside.

Remove the zucchini noodles from the heat and toss with warm arrabbiata sauce.

Transfer to a serving dish and top with sliced basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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