Paleo & Whole30 Marinara Sauce with Sausage and Zoodles

  • Author: Tastes Lovely
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 pound sweet italian sausage links
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • (1) 28-ounce can diced tomatoes (Trader Joe’s makes my favorite!)
  • 4 medium zucchinis, spiralized into noodles
  • Chopped fresh basil to garnish


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Cut the casings on the sausage links, and remove the meat. Pinch of 2 teaspoon sausage hunks, and add to the pan to cook. Cook for 5 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown, then stir to brown all sides.
  3. Add the onion chunks and garlic to your food processor with the S-blade. Process for 1 minute until the onions are very finely chopped and almost look like a liquid.
  4. Add the chopped onions and garlic to the sausage, season with salt, and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes to the same food processor, and process for 1 minute until the tomatoes are finely chopped.
  6. Add the tomatoes to the pan, and stir to combine.
  7. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The marinara sauce will be thick.
  8. Serve each spiralized zucchini raw in a pasta bowl, and top with the warm marinara and sausage sauce, and top with fresh basil. As you toss to coat the raw zucchini noodles, they will release a bit of moisture which will thin out the thick marinara sauce perfectly. The warm marinara sauce will warm the raw zucchini noodles.