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Zucchini Meat Sauce over linguini
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Zucchini Pasta Sauce with Meat

This zucchini pasta sauce with meat is such a hearty, flavorful meat sauce that includes zucchini and corn for extra flavor and nutrition.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Meat, pasta
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Savory With Soul


  • 1 pound ground beef , lean
  • 2 Tbsp garlic (about 4 large cloves), minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp oregano dry (or 2 Tablespoons fresh, chopped)
  • 2 tsp paprika smoked (or sweet if you want less spice)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 6 ounces tomato paste (one small can)
  • 2 cups beef broth or stock
  • ½ cup corn , frozen or fresh (if using canned, drain well)
  • 1-½ cups zucchini chopped small


  • Cook the ground beef in a heavy skillet until browned, about 5-10 minutes, chopping and stirring often. (I love my cast iron skillet!)
  • When the ground beef is browned, drain off the excess fat.
  • With the pan on low-medium heat, add garlic, oregano, onion powder, and paprika and cook until garlic softens (about 2 minutes).
  • Add black pepper, tomato paste, beef broth and stir to mix together. I like to use my silicone spatula for this, but you could also use a whisk to get the tomato paste smooth.
  • Once mixed together, add corn and zucchini and stir in. Cover and simmer on low-medium for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While sauce is simmering, cook your pasta according to package directions. This sauce is enough for one pound of pasta.
  • After 20-30 minutes of simmering, uncover sauce, turn off heat, and let sit 5 minutes before serving over pasta (or mixed in if you prefer).
  • Enjoy with my yummy Cheese Toast and side salad for a complete, wholesome, satisfying meal!


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 576mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 906IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg