This is great to make when you have a bumper crop of zucchini; however fresh zucchini can be purchased year round. Easy, quick to make! Great with crusty bread and a salad.

ILDeb

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir beef and garlic in skillet until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in zucchini, tomato sauce, oregano, and basil; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until zucchini is tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook shell pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Stir pasta and whole tomatoes into zucchini mixture, breaking up tomatoes with a spoon. Continue to simmer until heated through, about 25 minutes more. Toss with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

484 calories; protein 30.9g 62% DV; carbohydrates 57.3g 19% DV; fat 15.9g 25% DV; cholesterol 72.1mg 24% DV; sodium 960.7mg 38% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2015
I liked this. I cut all the cook times way back. I used a honey comb shaped pasta and it looked pretty with the red and green colors in the dish. I used my 3" tall frying pan and everything fit. I sauteed 1 lb Jones Creek burger in a tablespoon of heated oil. I drained it on paper towel. Then cooked the zucchini and garlic in another tablespoon of safflower oil for 5 minutes. Then added seasonings including some garlic salt. Lastly I added the tomato sauce drained meat pasta and a can of Italian plum tomatoes I cut uo with scissors. I heated on medium for 5 more minutes. ty Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/08/2017
A little bland but super easy to follow. Quick dinner Read More
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2013
This recipe was great. Be sure to pay attention to the can sizes. I almost used the wrong amounts. (Not the recipe's fault, just that I always buy larger cans of sauce and smaller cans of tomatoes!) I didn't have canned whole tomatoes so I used diced tomatoes. I am sure this changed the recipe slightly, but it still turned out great, so don't hesitate to try this recipe if you have a different tomato type. :) My kids, who usually don't like zucchini, loved this and ate the zucchini! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2015
I liked this. I cut all the cook times way back. I used a honey comb shaped pasta and it looked pretty with the red and green colors in the dish. I used my 3" tall frying pan and everything fit. I sauteed 1 lb Jones Creek burger in a tablespoon of heated oil. I drained it on paper towel. Then cooked the zucchini and garlic in another tablespoon of safflower oil for 5 minutes. Then added seasonings including some garlic salt. Lastly I added the tomato sauce drained meat pasta and a can of Italian plum tomatoes I cut uo with scissors. I heated on medium for 5 more minutes. ty Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2017
I'll be making this again because my kids LOVED it!! I didn't change anything and it had great flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2018
my whole family liked this. I kept all of the ingredients the same. except when cooking I browned the meat and cooked the pasta then I put it in the crockpot with everything else. I put the crockpot on low for 2 hours took the kids to practice came home 2 hours later and dinner was done and waiting for us. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2016
So delicious! When you mix the oregano and basil together it makes an amazing aroma! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/08/2017
A little bland but super easy to follow. Quick dinner Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2018
Quick and easy. My whole family loved it. I used pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce and left out the basil and oregano. Thumbs up! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2019
I made this recipe "as is". Sometimes you need a simple dinner that is filling cost-friendly and satisfies the unique preferences of many. We skipped the salad and bread since we do those sides frequently and opted for strawberry shortcakes for dessert. A little savory and a little sweet made for a complete meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2018
was great! even my kids loved it! Read More