10+ Sauces for Zucchini Noodles (Easy + Healthy)

Zoodles can be enjoyed in a variety of dishes, but they are especially delicious when paired with a flavorful sauce. Here’s 10+ tasty sauces for zucchini noodles to try out!

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Zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles, are a low-carb, gluten-free, and vegan alternative to traditional pasta. They are made by spiralizing zucchini into long, thin strands that resemble pasta noodles.

Here are some tips for making the best zucchini noodles:

  • Use a spiralizer to create long, thin strands of zucchini. I love this KitchenAid attachment for making zoodles!
  • Salt the zucchini noodles and let them sit for 10 minutes to remove excess moisture.
  • Rinse the zucchini noodles under cold water and pat them dry.
  • Cook the zucchini noodles by sauteeing them in a large skillet.
  • Serve the zucchini noodles with your favorite sauce below.
  • If you’re not strictly low carb, you can combine the zucchini noodles with regular spaghetti. You finished dish will be lower in carbs, and filled with more fiber and vitamins, than if you were eating plain pasta alone.

PS – Be sure to check out these 35+ Zoodle Recipes too!

Favorite Sauce Recipes for Zucchini Noodles

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Fresh Herb Sauce
This Half and Half Linguini uses half "real" noodles and half zucchini noodles for a tasty treat with less calories. Plenty of fresh herbs – mint, dill, and parsley – brighten things up along with the briny capers which are fried until crisp.
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Italian Tomato Sauce
This classic sauce is made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, and spices. It is a bit more time-consuming to make than the browned butter sauce, but it is well worth the effort.
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Bolognese Sauce
This hearty sauce is made with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs. It is a classic Italian sauce that is perfect for a winter meal.
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Diavolo Sauce
This spicy sauce is made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. It is a great option for those who love a bit of heat in their food.
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Spoonful of creamy garlic sauce.
Creamy Garlic Sauce
This creamy sauce is made with butter, garlic, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese. It is a rich and decadent sauce that is perfect for a special occasion.
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Pesto Sauce
This flavorful sauce is made with arugula, basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. It is a great option for those who are looking for a light and refreshing sauce.
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Tzatziki Sauce
This creamy sauce is made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, and lemon juice. It is a great option for those who are looking for a refreshing and light sauce.
Tzatziki Sauce
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Make this 15-minute Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce to instantly transform your pasta, chicken, or seafood into a gourmet meal! It’s luxurious and easy to make with cream, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.
Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
Browned Butter Sauce
This simple sauce is made with just a few ingredients: butter, olive oil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. It is quick and easy to make, and it has a rich, nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with zoodles.
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Avocado Sauce or Avocado Crema
This creamy sauce is made with avocados, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro. It is a great option for those who are looking for a vegan or dairy-free sauce.
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Alfredo Sauce
This rich and creamy sauce is made with butter, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. It is a classic pasta sauce that is also delicious with zoodles.
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Thai Peanut Sauce
This flavorful sauce is made with peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, honey, garlic, and ginger. It is a great option for those who are looking for an Asian-inspired sauce.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these zoodle sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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10+ Sauces for Zucchini Noodles

Zoodles are especially delicious when they're paired with a flavorful sauce. Here's 10+ tasty sauces for zucchini noodles to try out! Try this easy 30 Minute Marinara Sauce. It offers rich and sweet flavors that can be enjoyed on plenty of dishes. Using basic ingredients & only 1 pot.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 28-ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes (with juices)
  • 1 large fresh basil sprig
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (plus additional, to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar (plus additional, to taste)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

For Serving (optional):


  • In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add the tomatoes (with their juices), basil sprig, oregano, sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat. Then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and continue to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, and using a sturdy spoon to crush the tomatoes as they cook.
  • Remove and discard the basil sprig. Season with additional salt and sugar, to taste. (If you prefer a smooth sauce, you can also purée it with an immersion blender, blender or food processor until it reaches your desired consistency.)


This sauce keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 5 days. Freeze it for up to 3 months.
Note: Amount of sugar needed will depend on the sweetness of your tomatoes, so be sure to season to taste.
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Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 9mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg

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