Zucchini Pasta with Chunky Tomato Sauce

This zucchini has a classic-style sauce, but the addition of Brazil nuts or walnuts gives it a non-traditional crunch.

Zucchini Pasta with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Time: 15 minutes active prep • Makes 4 servings


4 medium zucchini

1 tsp + ½ tsp sea salt

20 sundried tomatoes, soaked in warm water until soft (about 30 minutes)

½ cup tomato soak water

2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1 medium clove garlic

2 heaping tbsp chopped fresh basil

1 heaping tbsp chopped fresh oregano

1 tbsp raisins

1 tbsp hemp oil

½ cup chopped walnuts or chopped Brazil nuts

Pinch red pepper flakes


  1. Trim the ends of the squash. Using a hand-held vegetable peeler, carefully strip the squash, layer by layer, into noodle-like pieces and gather into a colander (for best results, discard the watery center section that holds the seeds).
  2. Toss squash strips with 1 tsp of sea salt and place the colander over a large bowl to catch excess moisture. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes, wash the squash thoroughly with warm water to remove any excess salt, and let drain for 5 more minutes.
  4. In a food processor, blend together the sundried tomatoes, part of soak water, fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, raisins, hemp oil, and . tsp of sea salt into a chunky paste.
  5. Add the nuts and pulse a few times to chop the nuts finely (but do not blend).
  6. Toss the sauce with the zucchini strips and saute over medium-low heat for 1–2 minutes to warm through.

Variation: Skip the saute step and serve at room temperature as a delicious raw dish.

Brendan Brazier is a professional Ironman triathlete and a two-time Canadian 50 km UltraMarathon Champion.  He is the bestselling author of Thrive Fitness and The Thrive Diet and the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA. 

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kylees, posted on March 28, 2012

Is there a benefit to using zuchinni instead of spaghetti sqaush?

kregweiss, posted on October 18, 2011

Hi Jackie, zuchinni is actually a 'squash', hence why they mention squash throughout the recipe :)

jackieandrea, posted on October 18, 2011

a bit confused with the directions. It calls for zuchinni, but you keep mentioning squash in the body of the instructions. Would you still be required to put the zuchinni strips in the colander and wash after 30 minutes or is that specific to zuchinnis.

Thanks in advance


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