Side Dishes

Completely Keto Zoodles And Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce

In the picturesque region of Tuscany, where the rolling hills are dotted with vineyards and olive groves, there lived a chef named Sofia. Sofia’s quaint trattoria, nestled in a centuries-old stone building, was a sanctuary for those seeking the authentic flavors of Italian cuisine, reimagined through a health-conscious lens. Her journey into the world of ketogenic cooking began as a personal quest for wellness, which quickly evolved into a culinary passion that defined her menu.

Inspired by the lush gardens that surrounded her trattoria, Sofia set out to create a dish that would encapsulate the essence of Italian summer while adhering to the principles of the ketogenic lifestyle. The bounty of zucchini, flourishing under the Tuscan sun, presented the perfect opportunity. Sofia envisioned transforming this humble vegetable into Zoodles, a keto-friendly alternative to traditional pasta that would serve as the canvas for her culinary masterpiece.

To accompany the Zoodles, Sofia crafted a homemade Tomato Basil Sauce, a homage to the classic flavors of her homeland. She started with a base of finely chopped onions and minced garlic, sautéing them in mild olive oil until they were fragrant and golden. The addition of fresh, hand-chopped tomatoes, simmered with no-sugar-added tomato paste and a cup of water, created a chunky sauce that was both rich and vibrant. Smoked paprika, Swerve, Pink Himalayan Salt, and black pepper were meticulously blended into the sauce, introducing layers of flavor that were both complex and comforting. A generous handful of finely chopped fresh basil added in the final moments of cooking imbued the sauce with an aromatic freshness that spoke of Italian summers.

Sofia’s Completely Keto Zoodles and Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce quickly became a signature dish at her trattoria, celebrated by locals and travelers alike for its authenticity and innovation. It was more than just a meal; it was a reflection of Sofia’s belief that the ketogenic lifestyle could harmoniously coexist with the rich culinary traditions of Italy. Through her dish, Sofia bridged the gap between health and heritage, proving that with creativity and respect for ingredients, the flavors of Italy could be enjoyed in a way that was both nourishing and indulgent.

Harlan Kilstein’s Completely Keto Zoodles And Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 188 kcal


  • 8 Zucchini

Chunky Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 Large onion chopped very small
  • 6 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 Tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 Tomatoes chopped up in small cubes chopped up in small cubes
  • 1 bunch fresh basil finely chopped
  • 12 oz tomato paste no sugar added
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 Tsp Swerve
  • 1 Tbs Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 2 Tsp black pepper
  • 5 Tbs olive oil mild


  1. Wash and dry zucchini
  2. Using a Zoodle Maker, create any size zoodle you prefer and set aside
  3. In a medium-size saucepan saute onions for 5 minutes in olive oil on medium-high
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low
  5. Add minced garlic and stir 2 minutes
  6. Toss in cubed tomatoes and cook 5 more minutes
  7. Pour tomato paste, water and swerve into the pan and stir while cooking 2 more minutes
  8. Add basil, paprika, pepper, and salt and cook for 10 minutes covered
  9. Keep Warm until ready to serve
  10. Heat up the Zoodles for 45 seconds in a microwave safe plate
  11. Serve the sauce warm over Zoodles and enjoy!

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03/17/2024 11:54 pm GMT
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