Gluten Free, Paleo Food Swap: Grain Free Pasta Replacement #2!

zuc2I am so excited to share this simple recipe today! I love to put tomato or bolognese sauce over mixed vegetables, but I found a new way to enjoy it. Being that I had so much zucchini from my CSA farm share, I decided to try making zucchini pasta, instead of spaghetti squash.

I had given up when I bought a mandolin, and it was just too awkward and time consuming to use. I guess I bought the wrong kind, I don’t know. Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that I could try using my peeler instead, and it worked like magic!

Mandolin = obstacle

Peeler = magic

Gotta love simplicity! My recipe is short and sweet today. Here it is:

The Simplest Zucchini Pasta Ever!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: about 4 servings

The Simplest Zucchini Pasta Ever!

A healthy, low carb alternative to traditional pasta, brought to you by Dawn Riccardi Morris.


  • 3 to 4 large, organic zucchini
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 3 to 4 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 2 cups tomato or bolognese sauce
  • 2 T fresh garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1 red onion, pre-sauteed and chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and place half of oil in 13x9 inch pan (I use Pyrex).
  2. Rinse zucchini, using vegetable brush to remove any loose dirt.
  3. Chop off tops and bottoms, but leave skin on. Peel one half at a time (into baking pan), turning as you go. Once you can't peel anymore, slice the rest thinly.
  4. Add rest of oil, sprinkle on garlic powder and salt, and toss to coat evenly.
  5. Add in fresh garlic and sautéed onion, if you wish, and combine.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. When soft enough for you liking, remove pan from oven, add sauce, and serve!

Food for thought:

It is especially important to buy organic zucchini, as conventional zucchini may be genetically modified.

I didn’t take a photo with the sauce on top, because we had company at the time, and I didn’t want to delay serving! The next time I make it, I will try to add a photo to this post.

I am continually amazed at how fresh ingredients can be transformed into yummy bites of deliciousness so easily! The magic is in the simplicity.

If only more people realized that preparing healthy food doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated. Of course, cooking does leave you with dirty dishes! That part, I wish there were a fairy godmother for. I don’t know many people who like to clean dishes, although it is so worth the time and effort when you realize how great the food makes you feel.

I bet this pasta would taste great loaded up with even more garlic and olive oil, or pesto sauce. Now I’m getting hungry.

Here’s to eating well this school year! And by the way, kids might really enjoy peeling the zucchini, and seeing it transform right in front of their own eyes! Cooking is a chemistry experiment, when you stop and think about it. Enjoy!

About Dawn

As a Certified Health Coach, I provide motivated individuals with the resources, tools, support and encouragement they need to make the gradual changes in food and lifestyle that could completely transform their lives. Contact me.
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