Gluten-Free Zucchini and Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe

Recipe by Jessica Cummings

Gluten-Free Zucchini and Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe

Get the creaminess without the heaviness (and guilt!). This is a play on a dish my mom used to make when I was growing up. Her recipe called for lots of heavy cream, cheese and fusilli pasta. While I am all for indulging once in a while, we need some weeknight staple meals like this – clean eats that taste like cheats! This dish can be made in 20 minutes, is super satisfying and doesn’t leave you with a food “hangover.”

Gluten-Free Zucchini and Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe


  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion or 2 shallots, sliced thinly or diced
  • 2 zucchini, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup almond or soy milk, plain, unsweetened
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • fresh parsley
  • cooked brown rice, quinoa or pasta


  1. “Cream” sauce prep: pulse the cashews in a food processor until crumbly. Add in milk and blend until well combined.
  2. In a large pan, over medium heat, add olive oil and sauté onion or shallots and a pinch of salt for 3-4 minutes, or until they begin to become translucent.
  3. Add sliced zucchini and garlic, stir for 30 seconds, partially cover, and continue to cook for 3 minutes. Add in tomatoes, stir, and cook an additional 4-7 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes – until the zucchini is tender and starts to brown.
  4. Quickly re-pulse the “cream” sauce to make sure it is well combined. Uncover your sauté pan, turn the heat down to low, and add the sauce, nutmeg, crushed red pepper, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste. Let this cook, uncovered, a minimum of 2 minutes for the flavors to meld and thicken up (I usually let mine go a little longer, 5-10 minutes).
  5. Serve over brown rice, quinoa or pasta and top with fresh parsley, fresh black pepper.



Jessica Cummings is a board certified holistic health counselor. As Your Wellness Lioness, she helps women (in their  jam-packed, successful & stressful lives) make the time to claim their health and peace of mind. She is passionate about empowering women with the ability to tune into their bodies and understand not only their nutritional needs and cravings, but their emotional ones as well. Jessica is the creator of where she runs online nutrition programs and shares recipes, expert tips and inspirations. She currently resides in Wilmington, NC, and gets her toes in the ocean as often as she can.