Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 12.43.49 PMZucchini noodles or “zoodles” are the perfect alternative to pasta.  Low cal and full of vitamins with none of the high glycemic carbs (otherwise known as empty calories. We’d rather have wine!).  They are super easy to make with the help of a handy and affordable device called a spiralizer, or a vegetable peeler will work as well.  Of course you could top them with a jar of sauce but making your own allows YOU to control the ingredients and the sugar, salt, and calories, and of course the taste does not even compare!  This sauce is easy but mind blowing!  Perfect it and claim it as your own!  Approximate calories for a pasta bowl size serving with generous sauce is only 200 calories.   Makes approximately 4 portions of zoodles, with sauce to spare.   Make double sauce and freeze for next time!

  • If you would like to add protein to this recipe, sauté lean ground turkey or beef BEFORE step 1.  Then remove meat and set aside, draining any fat from the pan.  Return meat to pan when sauce is  blended. This will up the calories by apx 100 per serving.

Active time: apx. 20 min,  Cooking time: 1-3 hours (just as good either way)

           Shopping List

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2 cans whole peeled plum tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • red wine
  • fresh basil
  • dried red pepper flakes
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • salt and pepper

          Directions

  1. Don’t worry this won’t take too long!
  2. Heat 2 T olive oil in a large pot on med high heat
  3. Sauté garlic about 1 min- don’t let it burn!  Season with a pinch of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.  You can adjust later, go easy!
  4. Add can of tomato paste, cook over med high heat, stirring constantly, until it looks “bronzed”, apx. 5 min.
  5. Add red wine, apx. 1 C, and stir, scraping the paste and garlic off bottom of pan, until all combined in a slurry of flavor!  Season with dried basil and oregano, 1 t. each.
  6. Add both cans of whole plum tomatoes, bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.
  7. Do a Shred and Sparkle workout on YouTube while your sauce simmers for about an hour, up to 3 hours.  Or have a glass of wine.
  8. Blend sauce with an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.  Taste, add additional salt, pepper, red pepper, wine if too thick, sugar if too acidic.  Trust your taste buds!
  9. Return sauce to simmer and boil zoodles in a separate pot of boiling salted water.  Zoodles will be done when bright green, about 3-5 min.  Test if unsure.
  10. Top zoodles with plenty of sauce and fresh chopped basil.
  11. Shred and Sparkle while enjoying your home cooked healthy meal!