Zucchini and Meat Sauce


Is your zucchini wobbly, floppy, bendy, and a little bit squishy?

Wait, don’t throw it away yet! Throw it in your meat sauce and serve it on top of spaghetti!

Zucchini works great as a filling addition to traditional meatsauce.

I decided to throw my own old and floppy zucchini into my meatsauce so it would not go to waste. I was plesantly surprised at the nice texture that the vegetable added to the meat sauce. And, since zucchini does not have an overpowering flavor, it did not alter the flavor of the dish.

Onions and zucchini sauté together to build the base of the meat sauce.
No need to cook the ground beef in a separate pan. It can cook with the vegetables.
Cook until everything is done and add jarred tomato sauce. Boom, you’re done!

Go make this right away! Come back and leave me a comment to let me know what you thought.

Meat Sauce with Zucchini

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 large zucchini, unpeeled
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 large white or vidalia onion
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Jarred tomato sauce (desired amount)
  • Cooked spaghetti pasta (desired amount)
  • Herbs du Provence, salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Begin to cook the pasta in boiling and salted water. Let it cook while you prepare the meat sauce.
  2. Dice the onions into fine bits. Add oil to a pan and add the onions to warm oil. Sprinkle with a little salt to soften the onions.
  3. Chop the garlic and add to the pan with zucchini and onions. Stir and cook over medium for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the ground beef. Chop up ground beef in the pan and add the Herbs du Provence or Italian seasoning. Allow everything to cook until the ground beef is done.
  5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the pan, if necessary, so nothing sticks or overcooks.
  6. Add the tomato sauce. Allow the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve over warm, al dente spaghetti noodles and top with parmesan cheese.

Need more ideas?

Here’s another super easy pasta recipe:

And my original meat sauce recipe:

One Comment Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    That sounds very easy and I will try it, got to go get some ingredients and I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    Liked by 1 person

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