Zucchini Noodles with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan

Zucchini noodles or zoodles topped with fresh tomatoes, basil and parmesan make for the perfect summer meal!

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Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Basil Parmesan

I resisted the spiralized vegetable trend for a long time. I thought… what’s the big deal? Zucchini is zucchini no matter how you slice it. Why go through the extra work to turn it into cute, curly spirals? Let me tell you. I was wrong.

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I’m not about calling vegetables pasta. Vegetables are vegetables. Pasta is pasta. And sometimes I just want pasta. But making zucchini noodles and other “noodles” is a nice change. Spiralizing completely transforms fruits and vegetables to a bowl full of delicious fun because who doesn’t like to slurp a noodle?! Zucchini is especially nice because it cooks quickly and the bland flavor makes it the perfect canvas to add a number of bold or not so bold flavors. I’ve spiralized apples, potatoes, beets and this summer I’ve been doing lots of zucchini.

I kept this recipe simple, using what I had on hand. I was particularly excited to use fresh basil and tomatoes from my backyard garden.

Zucchini Noodles with tomato basil

Heads up: Zucchini contains a lot of water so this recipe is not great for leftovers. You’ll want to plan to eat the whole dish the same day. Not you alone but with friends of course.

Here’s a tip: To enjoy zucchini noodles a few times a week and not have to clean the spiralizer every time, spiralize a few zucchinis at once. Refrigerate the zoodles raw and cook them to order.

When I shared a sneak peek of this recipe on Instagram, people asked what kind of spiralizer I use. So let me tell you. But first. Are you following me on Instagram? Maybe you should because I’m over there sharing tips and recipes almost every day.

At the moment, I have two spiralizers. I bought the Paderno one from Amazon. It sat in the box for months. Then last year, KitchenAid asked me to use their new spiralizer attachment for the stand mixer to create a recipe for their blog. I got to keep the spiralizer and was a little hooked after that. It’s what I used for this recipe but the Paderno spiralizer is also fine. I don’t love the pencil sharpener spiralizers though. They are great for zucchini but not so great for other produce.

Anyways.. here’s the recipe. It’s more of a suggested list of ingredients because you can just freestyle this dish. Try it and let me know what you think. Tag me on Instagram @marisamoore!

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Zucchini Noodles with Tomato, Basil & Parmesan

Zucchini noodles or zoodles topped with fresh tomatoes, basil and parmesan make for the perfect summer meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Entree, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spiral zucchini recipes, spiralizer recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Marisa Moore


  • 2 medium zucchini spiralized
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup sliced grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • cracked black pepper and kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons or more fresh basil torn


  • Spiralize the zucchini.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté spiralized zucchini for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute or so. Toss in sliced fresh cherry tomatoes. Heat just until the tomatoes are warm. Add in the crushed red pepper flakes, kosher salt and pepper. Toss to combine evenly.
  • Remove from the heat. Sprinkle on torn fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Twirl!
  • Double the portion for a (very) light dinner or plate these zoodles with a side of salmon and a glass of white wine served on a backyard deck.


Calories: 115kcal

Have you tried zucchini noodles (or zoodles) yet? I’d love to hear how you enjoy them!

Zucchini Noodles with Tomato Basil Parmesan

39 Comments on Zucchini Noodles with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan

    • Marisa
      July 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks, Rachel! Reply
  1. Sara @sarahaasrdn.com
    July 8, 2016 at 3:04 PM (3 years ago)
    Simply beautiful and delicious! Love this Marisa! Reply
    • Marisa
      July 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks, Sara! :) Reply
  2. Tina
    December 14, 2016 at 4:25 PM (3 years ago)
    I wish thy showed the nutritional info here Reply
    • Marisa
      December 15, 2016 at 8:52 AM (3 years ago)
      Thanks for the feedback. We've actually started adding calories and basic nutrient data for new recipes. I will work on adding it for this one too in the next few days. Reply
  3. Charlotte
    June 2, 2017 at 5:23 AM (2 years ago)
    My husband love your recipes and can't get enough of your healthy ideas. You keep up the good work your doing to ensure our bodies are fed with good nutrition.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      June 2, 2017 at 6:59 AM (2 years ago)
      That means so much to me. I'm happy to hear it helps. Thanks for taking the time to write the note! Reply
  4. Jil Spangenberg
    June 3, 2017 at 11:25 AM (2 years ago)
    I have fresh basil just outside my door. I will DEFINITELY try this one!. I have lost 35# over the past 5 months but the last 15 are priving to be a challenge. Perhaps I'm just burned out on existing healthy recipes. Just brought home the new spiralizer KitchenAid attachment. Hoping to get excited about all the different recipes for my various zoodles. Would LOVE to follow you, do you blog anywhere other than posts on Instagram? I am sooooo not a fan of Instagram

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      June 3, 2017 at 11:39 AM (2 years ago)
      Hi Jil! Hope you love it. I can't get enough basil in the summer. I do spend a lot of time on Instagram. Be sure to sign up for my Monday newsletter (see top of the page) and I'm also on Facebook https://facebook.com/MarisaMooreNutrition where I share nutrition info and healthy recipes. Thanks for stopping by! Reply
  5. Barbara
    June 4, 2017 at 10:18 AM (2 years ago)
    I have never spiralized anything, and don't even own a spiralizer, but we are swimming in zucchini so I will need to go buy a spiralizer TODAY and try this recipe! I'll let you know how it goes! Reply
    • Marisa
      June 4, 2017 at 10:45 AM (2 years ago)
      Hi Barbara. This simple recipe is one of my faves. A spiralizer definitely makes it easier (and fun) but you can also use a vegetable peeler and just make zucchini ribbons! I look forward to hearing how it goes! Reply
    • Mary Di
      August 2, 2017 at 3:51 AM (2 years ago)
      My teenager, that's right, TEENAGER, said I should try spiralized zucchini coz all her "veggie" friends eat them. So I bought one and this recipe was an absolute hit!!!! Thankyou, spiralizer, thank you Marisa the recipe queen and thank you teenagers ❤️

      4 stars

  6. Barbara
    June 4, 2017 at 7:51 PM (2 years ago)
    Spiralizing is SO fun! I found an inexpensive but sturdy looking one at Home Goods, and turned waaay too many zucchini into zoodles. Yummy recipe, Marisa, thanks! Reply
  7. HMB
    June 4, 2017 at 10:40 PM (2 years ago)
    Delicious! We'll be making this again & again!

    5 stars

  8. Bob
    September 2, 2017 at 6:53 PM (2 years ago)
    Just bought our spiraler today and you recipe was the first one we tried. We enjoyed it very much. We will be adding shrimp to it next time. Thanks

    4 stars

  9. Robyn
    November 13, 2017 at 8:59 PM (2 years ago)
    I loved this! So did my fam. Adding this to my quick-and-easy favorites queue.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      November 13, 2017 at 9:02 PM (2 years ago)
      I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Robyn! Thanks for stopping by to let me know! Reply
  10. Denise
    November 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM (2 years ago)
    My son was looking to drop a couple pounds to make his wrestling weight. I found this recipe in my search for healthier fare. He loved it! My husband, who "hates" zucchini, came back for seconds. What a fantastic recipe, just as it is- but also easy to tweak and switch up a bit. Love it! All the stars!

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      November 21, 2017 at 7:07 PM (2 years ago)
      Denise, I'm so happy to hear the recipe was a hit with the guys - they can be a tough crowd. :) Thanks so much for the note! Reply
  11. Alexis
    January 14, 2018 at 12:19 PM (2 years ago)
    We began a lower carb, healthier diet this year, and purchased a spiralizer yesterday. This was the first thing I tried. We loved it. Think this might be a side dish at my next dinner party.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      January 14, 2018 at 3:35 PM (2 years ago)
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for letting me know Reply
  12. Tina Pawass
    January 24, 2018 at 7:06 PM (2 years ago)
    I just made this and it is awesome! I did dry my zoodles on a towel first. Next time I make this I will make sure to NOT eyeball the evoo! I kinda drowned my zoodles but all in all it was awesome

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      January 25, 2018 at 9:02 AM (2 years ago)
      Can you actually get too much EVOO? Haha! Kidding aside. I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe! And good move to dry the noodles. Now, I spiralize and let the entire batch of zoodles hang out on clean cloth napkins for a while to remove some liquid. Then I store them in a bag or container in the fridge so they are ready when I am. After drying they definitely last longer. Reply
  13. Chef David Kimanzi
    February 11, 2018 at 1:45 PM (2 years ago)
    To be honest,This is an amazing presentation of zucchini noodles, The recipie is with in the the reach and very cheap.I used a mantling abut did not come like yours but the flavour was very good.May be I will look for a spirilizer machine and things will work much simpler for me.Thank you for this great Idea...... Reply
    • Marisa
      February 11, 2018 at 2:16 PM (2 years ago)
      I so appreciate the note! You can also use a vegetable peeler to create thin ribbons if you don’t have a spiralizer. Reply
    • Marisa
      February 13, 2018 at 9:41 PM (2 years ago)
      Thanks, Celeste! Sometimes it's the simple things! Reply
  14. LB55131
    February 18, 2018 at 12:57 AM (2 years ago)
    Very nice!

    5 stars

  15. Nate M
    June 13, 2018 at 4:09 PM (1 year ago)
    So why not salt the spiralized zucchini noodles for 10-15 minutes for cooking to get excess waster out? Just thinking about doing that tonight. Or do you think that could ruin the dish Reply
    • Marisa
      June 13, 2018 at 4:19 PM (1 year ago)
      Hi Nate! It's a good idea but with the Parmesan cheese, it could end up being too salty. I haven't tried it. I find that sautéing the noodles the way the recipe is written works and the extra moisture creates a little sauce. I stress "little" as this is not a saucy dish at all. Let me know how it goes if you try the salting method! Reply
  16. Charlotte Ann
    June 14, 2018 at 1:26 PM (1 year ago)
    This recipe looks delish.I shall be trying it tonight with my Tim. I'll serve it with a salmon filet.

    5 stars

  17. Penny
    July 24, 2018 at 8:13 PM (1 year ago)
    I made this today and it was EASY, FUN, YUMMY, & HEALTHY! It was a hit with the whole family! My 6 year old loved helping make the Zoodles!

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      July 24, 2018 at 11:36 PM (1 year ago)
      I'm so happy to hear that! It IS a fun recipe and perfect to get the kids involved. Thanks for taking the time to let me know! Reply
  18. Carol
    April 1, 2019 at 2:58 PM (7 months ago)
    I just found this site. I love these recipes! Going to try many of these. Reply
  19. Lisa
    June 14, 2019 at 1:38 PM (5 months ago)
    Can this be served cold? Reply
    • Marisa
      June 14, 2019 at 3:06 PM (5 months ago)
      You definitely can! Here's a slightly different no-cook spin on this recipe https://marisamoore.com/pesto-zucchini-noodle-salad/ Reply
      • Lisa
        June 16, 2019 at 2:50 PM (5 months ago)
        Great, thank you. Decided to do cold version and it was GREAT! Thank you!!! Reply
        • Marisa
          June 18, 2019 at 10:04 AM (5 months ago)
          My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! Reply

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