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Zucchini Spaghetti with Sun Gold Tomato Sauce


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  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, plus 2 teaspoons chopped leaves for sprinkling
  • 4 cups sun gold or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar


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Step 1

To make the zucchini spaghetti noodles: Attach the zucchini to a spiral slicer to slice the zucchini into thin strips. Set the noodles aside in a large bowl while you make the sauce.

To make the sauce, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, red chili flakes, star anise, and thyme, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and vinegar and stir gently to combine. Cook the sauce, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes have released their juices, about 8 minutes.

Discard the star anise and thyme sprigs, and add the zucchini noodles and remaining salt. Toss gently to coat the noodles with the sauce and cook for another 2 minutes to warm the noodles.

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