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Zucchini Pizza Sauce

A quick and easy zucchini pizza sauce (or pasta sauce) made with shredded zucchini, olive oil, garlic, salt, Parmesan cheese, and chile flakes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: pizza sauce, vegetarian, zucchini
Makes: 1 cup
Cost: $10


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 pound zucchini shredded
  • kosher salt
  • chile flakes (crushed red pepper flakes, crushed Aleppo or Urfa pepper)
  • ¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until it just begins to brown.
  • Add the shredded zucchini and a big pinch of salt. Cook, stirring every few minutes, until the zucchini breaks down and the mixture begins to look like a chunky sauce, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in a pinch or two of chile flakes and the Parmesan cheese. Taste and season with more salt and chile flakes as desired.
  • If you're using the sauce for pizza, you're done! Just let it cool a bit, and slather on a round of dough.
  • If you're using the sauce for pasta, thin it out with some starchy cooking water and toss with pasta.


This recipe makes exactly the right amount for one 12-inch pizza. Double it if you plan to use it as a pasta sauce for 4 servings.
(adapted from Bon Appetit's recipe for Summer Squash and Basil Pasta.)