Zucchini Spaghetti with Easy Lentil Marinara

A plant-based pasta with protein and fiber-packed marinara—it doesn’t get much better than this. We especially love this recipe by certified holistic health coach Sonnet Lauberth because of the ease of the recipe, which quickly cures pasta cravings in a healthy way. For more on Sonnet, visit her blog In Sonnet’s Kitchen.

Zucchini Spaghetti with Easy Lentil Marinara
Serves 4

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins


1 cup dried French lentils
2 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 x 15 oz cans organic tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried thyme
6 medium zucchini, spiralized into pasta
Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Add lentils and 2 cups of water to a medium pot. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer and cook until lentils are tender and liquid is evaporated, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic cloves and sauté for an additional minute, until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, basil, oregano, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  4. When lentils are done cooking, add them to the sauce and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.
  5. In a separate pan, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the zucchini pasta for 5-10 minutes, until desired tenderness is achieved.
  6. Divide the pasta among four plates and top with lentil marinara. Serve hot.

By Sonnet Lauberth

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  • Nik@ABrownTable says:

    This looks so delicious and healthy! Love the use of zucchini for pasta.

  • MC says:

    How does one spiralize zucchini?

    • Katie Glenn says:

      Try the chef star tri blade spiralizer. I just ordered mine on friday and it came the very next day on Amazon.

  • Anna Soref says:

    Hi MC,

    Here is a link to spiraling vegetables but you can also just use a vegetable peeler and create ribbons by ‘peeling’ the entire vegetable. http://www.fortheloveoffoodblog.com/how-to-spiralize-zucchini/

  • toni says:

    my question exactly!

  • Lindsay says:

    Do you mean French du puy lentils? There are also French green lentils.

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