ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH MARINARA SAUCE
In case you didn't notice, we're huge fans of Italian food. Spaghetti is the cure to almost all of my woes and Lisa is my recipe doctor. But if you're a recovering "Carbie Barbie" like me and think it's impastable to curb your spaghetti cravings, then we have good news for you - thanks to this delicious recipe you don't have to. Tossed in a simple yet delicious sauce of tangy tomatoes, fresh garlic and zesty red pepper flakes, our Zucchini Noodles with Marinara Sauce will hit the spot without hurting your carb allowance for the day. Mangia!
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"When I pass a flowering zucchini plant in a garden, my heart skips a beat."
- Gwyneth Paltrow
4 medium zucchini, ends removed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes, with liquid
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Chopped fresh basil, for garnish
Crushed red pepper flakes, to sprinkle, if desired
1) Use your spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. Place in a large serving bowl and set aside.
2) For the marinara sauce, in a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and stir for 3 minutes until tender. Stir in garlic, cooking for 1 minute more. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and use a handheld blender to process until smooth.
3) To serve, toss hot marinara sauce with zucchini noodles. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, basil and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve immediately.