Zucchini Spaghetti


I made this zucchini spaghetti recipe to fool my husband into eating his vegetables. When fully cooked, the texture is like an al dente pasta. You can make this vegetarian by omitting the ground beef.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon salt, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 3 zucchini, cut into long strands


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and black pepper in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  2. Stir tomato sauce, tomatoes, salt, basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, and red pepper flakes into ground beef; cook and stir until sauce is warmed through, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste.

  3. Mix zucchini "noodles" into sauce, pressing down to fully submerge them; simmer over medium-low heat until zucchini is tender, about 10 minutes.


For best results of noodle shapes, run the zucchini through a spiralizing tool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
25g Fat
29g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 3801mg 165%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 56mg 279%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 8mg 45%
Potassium 1959mg 42%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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