Zoodles Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (with Zucchini Noodles)

This delicious and easy tomato and meat zoodles spaghetti recipe served over zucchini noodles makes a tasty, healthy low-carb meal for your family.

A healthy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with zucchini noodles in a bowl.

It’s comfort food season in Minnesota. This weather calls for something warm, comforting, and satisfying. This zoodles spaghetti sauce recipe (with zucchini noodles) is all that and healthy too!

I’m choosing the bold flavor of a healthy, chunky, homemade spaghetti sauce with grass-fed ground beef (optional) and fresh zucchini zoodles.

A healthy homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with zucchini noodles in a bowl.

Why I Love this Recipe

This is my go-to recipe for delicious, nutritious, and healthy homemade spaghetti sauce.

It’s got a rich tomato flavor with no added sugar. You will not miss the sweetness because you will be distracted by the zesty flavor.

This is a hearty mid-week meal that comes together fast! You may already have everything in your pantry except for the zucchini.


Below are the main stars in your spaghetti sauce show. All ingredients are easy to find and staple members of your pantry.

Tomatoes. Ripe and juicy tomatoes are the heart of any good spaghetti sauce. I use a fire-roasted petite diced version from a can.

Tomato Puree. Intensify the tomato flavor and thicken your sauce with tomato puree. A small amount helps create a robust and hearty spaghetti sauce.

Garlic. This ingredient adds depth and a savory undertone to your spaghetti sauce. You can mince the fresh variety or use minced garlic from a jar if you are in a hurry.

Onions. SautΓ©ed onions provide a subtle sweetness and texture to the sauce. I use white onions.

Herbs (Basil, Oregano, Thyme). Boost your sauce with this medley of dried or fresh herbs, basil, oregano, and thyme.

Red Wine (optional).
Consider adding a splash of red wine for an extra layer of complexity.
I use what I have handy or skip it. A Cabernet, Chianti, Merlot, or Pinot Noir works nicely.

Sugar (optional).
If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add a touch to balance the acidity of the tomatoes; a few pinches of sugar go a long way. Adjust according to your taste preferences.

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional). Add crushed red pepper flakes for those who enjoy a bit of heat.

Grass-Fed Ground Beef (optional). Give your spaghetti sauce the wholesome goodness of grass-fed ground beef. Rich in flavor and leaner than traditional beef, this high-quality meat enhances the overall nutrition of your sauce. You can also use regular ground beef.

Inspiralizer is the spiralizer that is a fun and easy vegetable noodle maker!


Mix up the recipe with these ideas and substitutions.

Vegan Sauce

Make this spaghetti sauce vegan-friendly by skipping the grass-fed beef.

The meatless sauce is even more flexible. Use it as a dipping sauce, in pasta or lasagna recipes, or on pizza.

Spiralized Veggie Ideas

I am using zucchini, but you could also use many other vegetables. Spiralizing can open you up to a whole new world of veggie options.

When paired with food, many take on the sauce flavor; others complement the sauce’s taste.

The vegetables you choose need to be dense enough to spiralize.

Options that will spiralize well are regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, jicama, broccoli, turnip, celeriac, kohlrabi, and carrots.

I am still working my way through this list. Let me know if you have used any of these as well, and if so, what do you think?

Inspiralizer is the spiralizer that is a fun and easy vegetable noodle maker!

How to Spiralize Zucchini

You can buy zoodles in most grocery stores, but I promise you, making them is so easy and fun! Also, it’s much healthier and cheaper in the long run.

Your kids will also love to make them. It’s fast and simple enough for a child. Just be there to be sure they are safe using the sharp blades.

You simply trim your vegetable of choice, set it into your spiralizer, and turn the handle. The machine does the rest.

Inspiralizer is the spiralizer that is a fun and easy vegetable noodle maker!
Inspiralizer Spiralizer that is a fun and easy vegetable noodle maker!

More Spiralizer Recipes

Ali Maffucci, the founder of the Inspiralizer, has a great entrepreneurial story.

Read about her and find many of her delicious recipes, spiraling tips, and more at inspiralized.com.

Healthy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe with Zoodles in a bowl ready to enjoy

Zucchini Noodles Spaghetti Recipe

Without further ado, below is the recipe. Enjoy!

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A bowl of zucchini noodles spaghetti.

Zucchini Noodles Spaghetti

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Spiralized Zucchini covered with Chunky Tomato Sauce. This sauce is my go-to sauce for bold flavor. It is perfect for zoodles, lasagna, or any kind of pasta.



1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lb grass-fed ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

one 30 oz. can of tomato puree

one 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste


If using zucchini noodles, spiralize according to machine directions. Or prepare your regular spaghetti noodles. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and chopped onion, and cook until meat is brown, stirring frequently. Drain.

Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a low boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes.

Two options for combining with your noodles. Add your zucchini noodles or regular pasta to the sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes. Or pour your sauce directly into your serving dishes over the (uncooked) zucchini noodles or (cooked) regular pasta. Serve immediately. Enjoy!


Zoodles. You can buy zucchini noodles in most grocery stores, but I promise you, making them is so easy and fun! Also, it’s much healthier and cheaper in the long run. Kids will also love to make them. It’s fast and simple.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Healthy, Spaghetti, Sauce, Zoodles, Zucchini, Noodles, Pasta, Vegan

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Nutrition Label. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary.


My spiralizer machine is awesome. While it, unfortunately, is not available anymore, there are many similar spiralizing models on Amazon.

This Briefton’s 5-blade Spiralizer (affiliate link) is almost identical, gets high ratings, and is reasonably priced.

If you are not sensitive to carbs, try this incredible Korean garlic bread or this hot dog bun garlic bread, a creative and tasty pairing with your spaghetti.

Then finish your meal with this indulgent yet so, so easy chocolate cake recipe or chocolate pudding!

Healthy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe with Zoodles in a bowl with basil ready to enjoy

Have you bought a spiralizer yet? Let me know how you like it in the comments below if you have. I’d love to know what you like to make with it.

Stay warm and enjoy this delicious meal!


Nutrition. Any statements regarding dietary information are to be used at your discretion and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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5 comments on “Zoodles Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (with Zucchini Noodles)

  1. Hi Cindy, it’s James. The cucumber noodles (zoodles) looks delicious. Would love to try it;)

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