Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce

These zucchini noodles with creamy roasted tomato basil sauce are the perfect way to enjoy fresh summer produce.

I won a radio contest last month. Here’s the funny thing about it though…

1. I hardly ever even listen to the radio. I drive to CrossFit and the grocery store 99% of the time I’m in the car and both are within two miles of my house.

2. When I do listen to the radio, I don’t ever listen to the station I won the contest from.

3. Ulysses is the one who heard about it, came home and was like “there’s this radio contest where all you have to do is submit a ‘real food recipe’ to enter.”

Zucchini noodles with creamy roasted tomato basil sauce

Real food recipe? I think I might have a few things that would qualify for that…

So I grabbed this zucchini pasta with avocado cream sauce from last summer because it’s the one recipe that epitomizes summer + real food in my mind and it’s one of the most popular ones on this site, sent it in and forgot about it.

Three days later, I was on the phone with Chris Marino and his cheesy radio DJ voice (in case you were wondering if radio DJs talk like total tools off air, they do) telling me I won.

Zucchini noodles with creamy roasted tomato sauce

So in addition to a gift card to a local restaurant, a recipe reader and a credit to Plated, I won a 4-day trip to NYC. Sounds glamorous, but I’ve lived an hour away from NYC almost all my life so I think the trip was a lot cooler to the 20 other people that won from their respective clear channel stations and got flown in from all over the country than the person who lives in the suburbs of the city. But, I wasn’t about to pass up a car service to the city, spending money, hotel accommodations and a trip to Brooklyn Grange.

So Brandy and I spent last weekend eating, eating, walking a bit, eating, seeing Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (<–amazing) and eating some more.

Wanna know what we ate? Tomatoes, burrata, tomatoes, zucchini, burrata, tomatoes and some more tomatoes…

Zucchini noodles with tomato sauce

Then I came home, decided I still wanted more tomatoes and zucchini and made these noodles as a spin off of last year’s recipe that won me the contest.

‘Tis the season!

Serves 4     adjust servings

Zucchini noodles with creamy roasted tomato basil sauce

Cook Time 30 min Prep Time
Preparation 5 min Cook Time
Total Time 35 mins Total Time

These zucchini noodles with creamy roasted tomato basil sauce are the perfect way to enjoy fresh summer produce.

Ingredients

  • 2 pints grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 large zucchini made into noodles with a julienne peeler or spiralizer

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the tomatoes start to brown and blister.
  4. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and transfer to a food processor.
  5. Add the cream cheese, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste and process until smooth.
  6. Place zucchini noodles in a large bowl. Add the tomato sauce to the bowl and toss until all the noodles are coated.
  7. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

34 Comments

  1. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    I think it is so funny that you took Brandy instead of Ulysses. Ha ha. And I also love that you two just chowed tomatoes, zucchini and burrata. I had Burrata for the first time this summer, and I fell in love. Though my sister insisted that the kind she had in Italy last fall was far superior. Loving these photos Gina, especially the subdued color palate and the painterly background.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Haha, yes he didn’t even want to go after making me enter the contest to begin with! Brandy would’ve (and did) enjoy it more any way!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      The julienne peeler by Oxo is what I have and use. Cheap and easy! I linked to it in the recipe section :)

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  4. andrea

    So you don’t have to cook the zucchini before adding the sauce? I’ve been staring at the spiralizer I bought for a month and I’m still not sure about that step. Help! LOL.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      You leave them raw although if you wanted to cook yours you could do that and blanch them quickly but you can totally eat zucchini raw.

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  6. Albee

    I like the simplicity of not having to cook the zucchini noodles, but I wonder if the texture of leaving them raw means it doesn’t mimic real noodles? I’ve seen other recipes using zucchini noodles, and some comments led me to believe if I closed my eyes while eating them in a dish, I wouldn’t know they weren’t real pasta. Does leaving them raw mean they’re extra crisp, or does it still somehow lend some element of being slurpy and noodle-like?

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Honestly, I don’t think it matters if they’re raw or cooked, in the end it’s zucchini, not pasta and it’s going to taste different regardless. Leaving it raw definitely adds some crispness to the noodles so if you’d rather them soft and slurp-able like pasta, then blanch them quickly before tossing with the sauce.

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    2. JanetM

      I have the perfect solution. In the warmer months have the zoodles raw , and colder months cooked. I’m a sissy vegetable eater, so I just prefer them cooked year round. I guess most would blanch, but I like them quickly tossed in a tiny bit of olive oil… seems to be less moisture that way. However you have them, this sauce is amazing. It’s practically a staple in my house. I’m definitely going to have to try the zoodles with that avacado cream sauce. I just cook for me, so I’ll half the sauce, and use the other half in my avacado salsa for fish tacosl

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  8. Marianne Allison

    These were delicious!! Have been looking for more low carb recipes to enjoy with my new Spiralizered zucchini noodles!!

    I did not have cherry tomatoes, so just cut up some tomatoes from the vine and roasted them–delicious. I toasted a few pine nuts and tossed them in as well. Thanks for this recipe, it is going to be one I go to frequently!

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  10. Janet Miller

    I have a spiralizer and love zucchini noodles (or zoodles) with my Italian sauce. I don’t think I’d like the zucchini noodles raw. I will probably blanch them. But looking forward to trying this on.

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  11. Janet Miller

    Excellent! I had this little gem tonight. I’ve had zoodles with my Italian sauce and love it. But this was a nice change. I sautéed the zucchini noodles in a little olive oil and my turkey meatballs that I cut up in small pieces. I’ve nuked the zoodles in the past… never again. Not too much fresh basil left in the garden, but enough to have this again in a few days. It’s just me, so there’s plenty of the sauce left.

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  13. Heather

    I tried this last night and I really loved it! Thanks so much for the recipe! The only thing was that the “pasta” was pretty cold which usually isn’t a problem when i make zoodle dishes. I think its because because the sauce lost its heat quickly in the blender. I was wondering if maybe trying to blanch and then drain the zucchini noodles would help? I was wondering if anyone has ever tried that?
    Heather

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Yeah, it wasn’t really meant to be served hot so if you’re looking for a warm pasta, definitely blanch the zucchini, that’d work great!

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