Zucchini Pasta Marinara

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Author Notes: This is one of the simplest way to eat zucchini noodles, and one of the best. The marinara sauce is raw -- nothing more than blended tomatoes and some seasoning -- but in spite of that it manages to taste rich and complex.Gena Hamshaw

Serves 4

  • 3 cups vine-ripened or heirloom tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (you can use tomatoes that are oil-packed and drained, or tomatoes that are dried and have been rehydrated in boiling water, then drained)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped, plus a few extra tablespoons for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 small zucchini, spiralized, peeled, or grated into noodles (see instructions)
  1. Blend the tomatoes, pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, maple syrup, sea salt, black pepper, thyme, and basil in a blender or a food processor till relatively smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil with the motor of the machine running, and keep blending till the sauce is smooth. Season to taste, and set the sauce aside.
  2. Use a spiralizer, a vegetable peeler, or a box grater to cut your zucchini into noodle shapes. Divide the zucchini onto four plates, and top each with about half a cup of the marinara sauce. Garnish each plate with a tablespoon of chopped basil, and serve.

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25 days ago Jannell McConnell

Hm. Is the sauce served warm or cold? (I'd happily try it cold, just don't think I've ever done that before!)


about 1 month ago LittleMissMuffin

Does the sauce freeze well?


2 months ago SuzChef

This marinara sauce is five stars!


11 months ago Ana

How long will the sauce keep?


about 1 year ago Jill

Are the zucchini noodles par-boiled?


about 1 year ago Patti Cruickshank-Schott

nope… and they are so yummy, you won't believe it… I often let them sit for a few minutes in the sauce to soften them a bit, but it isn't necessary. I also use a mandolin on the thinnest setting for wide noodles.


about 1 year ago Erik

You don't need to cook the zucchini?


about 1 year ago Emily | Truefood

This was fantastic! I could practically drink the marinara sauce.