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Tuscan Style Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles

Authentic Tuscan Style Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles is a simple dish made with quality ingredients. Zucchini noodles, cherry tomatoes, and shrimp. Topped with pasta sauce and a garlic, sardine, and olive oil spread.

Overhead shot of Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles in a pot

My love of Italian food must come from it’s simplicity of bold flavors. That almost sounds contradictory, but it’s entirely true. Most classic dishes use only a handful of ingredients, but quality its key.

Tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil go a long way to add impressive flavor to almost any dish. These Tuscan Style Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles are an example of this bold simplicity.

The Tuscan Way of cooking incorporates these key elements. Again it’s all about simplicity:

  • Includes about five premium, high-quality ingredients.
  • Almost always includes olive-oil.
  • Bright, fresh ingredients.
  • Should be cooked quickly and lightly; this shrimp zoodles recipe can be made in about 20 minutes.
  • It has visual texture and each ingredient is recognizable within the dish.
  • Includes layering to create optimal flavor balance.

Process shot of using a shredder to make zoodles from a zucchiniThis Tuscan Style Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles is a simple recipe made with only a handful of key ingredients, each adding its own distinct flavor. First, we start with a homemade sardine sauce. Sardines and high-quality extra-virgin olive oil adds omega-3 heart-healthy nutrients. Minced garlic balances this out and adds bite to the salty, fishy profiles of the sauce.

Sauteed shrimp adds protein and tender texture that compliments the crunch of zucchini noodles and the pop of cherry tomatoes. This recipe is low-carb and gluten-free, but you can substitute or add in whole-wheat or any type of pasta.

Overhead shot of ingredient to make Sardine and Shrimp ZoodlesThe final touch that brings all this together is quality pasta sauce. I used Bertolli Organic Olive Oil, Basil, and Garlic. Made simply with a few organic ingredients and herbs, it’s authentic flavor you’d be proud to add to your dish.

Learn more about the Tuscan Way of cooking. With this rich pasta sauce base, and just a few additional ingredients you can have an authentic Tuscan-style meal in almost no time.

Close-up of ready to eat Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles

Tuscan Style Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles recipe at-a-glance:

Flavor profiles: Savory, salty and fishy (in a good way)
Texture: Crisp zucchini noodles with tender shrimp.

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Tuscan Style Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles

Low-carb, healthy and gluten-free shrimp zoodles pasta that's high in protein and omega-3 healthy fats.
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword easy shrimp pasta, sardine and shrimp dish, shrimp and sardine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 180kcal
Servings 8
Author: Matt Ivan
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  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 ounces canned sardine fillets, drained and chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups Bertolli Pasta Sauce, Olive Oil, Basil and Garlic variety


  • Heat 3-tablespoons olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sardines and garlic. Cook until heated through, mash with spoon as it cooks to create a sauce. Remove from heat.
  • Heat 1-tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook 5-7 minutes, rotating halfway, until cooked through and opaque. Remove from pan.
  • Using a spiralizer or julienne peeler, create zoodles strips from zucchini. Lightly press with paper towels to draw out excess moisture. Heat cleaned pan to medium-high heat. Stir in zoodles and cherry tomatoes with remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Saute 2-3 minutes until heated through.
  • Stir in pasta sauce and cook 1-2 minutes more to heat through.
  • To serve: Dish out desired amounts of zoodle mixture and top with sardine sauce and cooked shrimp.
Nutrition Facts
Tuscan Style Sardine and Shrimp Zoodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 520mg23%
Potassium 316mg9%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 5 stars
    Love how healthy this recipe is, and that it’s low carb too! It was such an easy weeknight dinner for us tonight!

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