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Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes and Tomato Sauce

Today we’re talking about zucchini noodles.

Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes and Tomato Sauce. Under 200 calories per serving! | This Gal Cooks

Because they’re all the rage right now, thanks to their low carb, low calorie noodly little selves. Who doesn’t want to get their hands on a big ol’ plate of zucchini noodles? Especially a plate of the zucchini noodles we’re talking about today. They’re tossed with an incredibly flavorful homemade tomato sauce and served with meaty shiitake mushrooms. Drools.

Can I tell you about the dumb thing I did over the weekend? You may laugh. You may cry. You may exclaim “I can totally relate to that!” because you may have at one time done the same dumb thing that I did.

I was baking. I was cooking. I thought I was being the world’s best pro at multitasking. But I was wrong. After I took a baking pan full of phyllo shells out of my oven, I quickly whisked together the BBQ mayo I was also making. After whisking together the BBQ mayo, I grabbed the HOT baking pan in an attempt to move it to a different counter. A few seconds later, I dropped the pan and screamed a few obscenities when I realized my hand was BURNING. I ran it under cold water, with no relief. I was squealing in pain. I tried getting ice cubes from the freezer, but I was shaking too much to be able to get any. Ken realized I was in distress and came over to help. He got some ice cubes for me and said to keep them on my hand. Then he went to the store to get aloe and Neosporin. When he got home, he played Nurse Ken (he will probably hate that reference!) He disinfected my hand, put Neosporin on it and wrapped it in a bandage. Then he gave me the ice pack and said “keep it on your hand.” I had to keep it on my hand until I went to bed. Whenever I took the ice pack off my hand, the pain was incredible and intolerable. Ken kept my ice pack full for the rest of the evening. I think the only reason I was able to fall asleep was thanks to the beer I had, at the suggestion of Ken.

Luckily, when I woke up Monday morning, the pain was gone. Life will go on and my hand will be ok.

Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes and Tomato Sauce. Under 200 calories per serving! | This Gal Cooks

Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes and Tomato Sauce

Back to this amazing zucchini noodles dish. A dish I made without hurting myself, I might add. The tomato sauce recipe was adapted from the Food 52 Genius Recipes cookbook. I’ve made the sauce twice – the first time, I followed the recipe exactly. The second time, I replaced the butter with olive oil in order to make the sauce vegan. I tossed the zucchini noodles with the tomato sauce.

My favorite type of mushroom is Shiitake and that’s why I used them in this recipe. They’re meaty and tender and they have great flavor. I sauteed shiitakes and topped the zucchini noodles with them. Then I garnished the meal with freshly shredded parmesan cheese and fresh thyme. To easily make this a vegan meal, skip the parmesan garnishment.

Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes and Tomato Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes and Tomato Sauce

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 28oz can peeled whole tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet Vidalia onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3.5 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper
  • freshly shredded or grated parmesan cheese and fresh thyme for garnish


  1. Place the tomatoes, 3 tbsp olive oil, onion and 1/4 tsp salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a rapid boil over medium low heat then reduce heat to low. Simmer 30-40 minutes. Once done simmering, remove the onion. Then mash the tomatoes with a potato masher or a wooden spoon. Taste and add more salt, if desired.
  2. Spiralize the zucchini and place in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and set aside.
  3. Toss the shiitakes with salt and pepper and then drizzle with 1 tsp evoo.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the shiitakes until tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Heat a large pot or skillet over medium heat. Add the zucchini noodles and cook until tender, 3-5 minutes. Stir often. Once the zucchini is done cooking, transfer to a colander and drain. Place the zucchini in a mixing bowl and toss with 1/2 C of the tomato sauce. Place on plates or in bowls and top with mushrooms. Garnish with fresh thyme and shredded parmesan cheese.


Tomato Sauce adapted from Food52 Genius Recipes.

My photos took a lot of time to set up as the sauce is quite messy. I suggest serving this recipe in bowls rather than on plates.

Store unused sauce in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to one week. Use it with more zucchini noodles. It's also great on flatbread pizzas, with pasta and as a dip for grilled zucchini!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 429mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 13g Protein: 6g

Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes and Tomato Sauce. Under 200 calories per serving! | This Gal Cooks


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49 comments on “Zucchini Noodles with Shiitakes and Tomato Sauce”

  1. Ouch! That sounds rough. These zucchini noodles and shiitakes are so yummy though. :)

    • Oh yeah, it was rough indeed! But it is feeling better now! Thank you for stopping by and for the compliment, Katie. :)

  2. I have burned myself like that more than once. UGH!!! Glad you felt better the next day. And now you’ve inspired me to jump on the spiralizing bandwagon, too!

    • I am kitchen disaster prone – I’ve cut myself while chopping veggies. I’ve made epic messes and I’ve even burned myself. But this one was the worst!
      YES! You need to jump on the spiralizing bandwagon. It’s a great one to be on. :)

      • I agree! Love the spiralizer! And this looks like such a yummy way to use it! And healthy! Thanks for sharing with us at the Funtastic Friday Link Party!

  3. Oh no! I have been there. I multitask in the kitchen all of the time and have picked up a hot pan before. I hope your hand feels better soon. I am excited because I just got my new spiralizer and can’t wait to start making noodles. I love this healthy, simple and delicious meal!

    • Thank you, Ashley. My hand feels better now, thank goodness! You’re going to love the spiralizer. It’s convenient and a great way to make veggie noodles. :)

  4. Julie these are seriously the best looking zucchini noodle I think I have seen, I so want this for lunch!

  5. Dear Julie, this looks incredible. I love the shiitakes toss in…what a hearty, healthy, and wholesome dish. Sounds fabulous. xo, Catherine

  6. I have done this! My pots can go in the oven so sometimes I put them in there to bake something and forget to use a potholder when taking it out of the oven. Not fun!! I hope your hand feels better. This dish looks amazing. I love those shitakes on the top!

    • Oh no! That definitely isn’t fun, Julia. I’ve burned my hand by bumping it against the oven while taking stuff out of the oven. It hurts but not as bad as when you burn it from grabbing something. I feel your pain – literally! Thank you for your comment and the compliment on the zucchini noodles dish. :)

  7. Yah! I love zucchini noodles! They are amazing! Sorry to hear about your hand. Burns are the absolute worst!

  8. Love shiitakes as well. Such a healthful and and beautiful combination here! Would love this on any summer day when zucchini is so abundant!

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  13. This sounds sooooo good! And I love your presentation too.

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  15. I read your post and the SAME thing happened to me this weekend (the burn!) I was in the middle of making some bread in the Dutch oven, and grabbed the top to put it back on (after it had been in a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes), and burnt the crap out of my fingers! I had the SAME pain and didn’t think it would ever go away!! UGH!! Anyways, your zoodles look amazing!! I’ve been recently experimenting with my spiralizer too! It’s a wonderful thing!

    • Oh no! I hope you are okay, Whitney! And I agree – the spiralizer is a wonderful thing. <3

  16. Oh your poor hand! Actually that sounds like something I would do :-). I’m glad it’s okay.

    These noodles sound delicious. It’s been a while since I’ve made zucchini noodles, so I think I’ll try this recipe.

  17. Ok this looks amazing! I love any type of mushroom and I have a huge zucchini waiting to be used. Super easy and healthy! Bravo!

  18. This dish sounds yummy! I like the combination of the zucchini & shiitaki. Sorry to hear about your hand, hope you’re feeling better.
    Found your post on Dear Creatives Inspiration Spotlight!

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  22. I have to admit that I am awful for burning myself. But your noodles look and sound so good! Popping over from #meltinyourmouthmonday

  23. Looks mighty healthy and tasty, I will give it a try when zucchini are in season in a few months.

    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids #TastyTuesdays

  24. Yummy!!! Those looks so good. My whole family is vegetarian and they would love something like that!!!

    You should link this up tomorrow night at bloggers spotlight!

  25. Yum!! I’m going to have to pin this recipe! :)

  26. Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Sunday link up!

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  29. A great dish, looks delicious. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  30. Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight afterall!! I still love it! Check back to see who is featured tonight!!

  31. We love noodle dishes. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & Shared.

  32. I hope you’re feeling better now. :) Oh same thing happened to me once. It would be a normal reflex to just throw away the pan, but in my attempt to save the food over my hands, I always end up having burns. Haha!

    I’ve been reading a lot of raves about zoodles. I guess it’s really time for me to make myself one. Will copy your recipe. :D

    Thanks for sharing it over at Food Friday. Hope to see you again! :)

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