This meat sauce recipe is loaded with vegetables your kids will never know are there – in this recipe we have used zucchini, carrots, and mushrooms.

Grating both the carrots and zucchini means that they will blend into the sauce making it very moist and rich in flavour.

This recipe makes a great lunch with any leftovers and also freezes really well for a quick homemade dinner for those busy weeknights.

You can turn this into an easy dinner with pasta, garlic bread, or as a topping on a baked potato.

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Makes

8 portions

Prep Time:

35 minutes

Cook Time:

60 minutes

Good For:

dinner

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 2 onions diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 grated zucchini
  • 2 grated carrots
  • 1 cup roughly chopped mushrooms
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • Ground salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 x 28 fl oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 x 5.5 fl oz can tomato paste

How to make Veggie Loaded Meat Sauce

Check out our easy step by step video

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft and golden

Step 2

Add in the beef and saute until brown, breaking it up as you go

 

Step 3

Add in the grated carrot, zucchini, and chopped mushrooms

Cook for 5 minutes 

Step 4

Mix in the stock cube, dried herbs, paprika

Add ground pepper to taste

Step 5

Mix in the ground tomatoes and tomato paste

Bring it up to a simmer and gently cook for 45 minutes checking back often to give it a stir and to make sure it’s not sticking to the bottom of the pot

Step 6

Serve and enjoy with your favourite pasta

Tip

To freeze, portion into single servings in small freezer bags and freeze flat to make defrosting quick and easy

 

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Veggie Loaded Meat Sauce

This meat sauce recipe is loaded with vegetables your kids will never know are there - in this recipe we have used zucchini, carrots, and mushrooms. Grating both the carrots and zucchini means that they will blend into the sauce making it very moist and rich in flavour.This recipe makes a great lunch with any leftovers and also freezes really well for a quick homemade dinner for those busy weeknights.You can turn this into an easy dinner with pasta, garlic bread, or as a topping on a baked potato.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 204 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp oilive oil
  • 2 onions diced
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 grated zucchini
  • 2 grated carrots
  • 1 cup roughly chopped mushrooms
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • 3 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

Instructions
 

  • Saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil until soft and golden
  • Add in the beef and saute until brown, breaking it up as you go
  • Add in the grated carrot, zucchini, and chopped mushrooms
  • Cook for 5 minutes
  • Mix in the stock cube, dried herbs, paprika, and celery salt
  • Add ground pepper to taste
  • Mix in the ground tomatoes and tomato paste
  • Bring it up to a simmer and gently cook for 45 minutes checking back often to give it a stir and to make sure it's not sticking to the bottom of the pot

Notes

To freeze, portion into single servings in small freezer bags and freeze flat to make defrosting quick and easy

Nutrition Facts per serving

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 13gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 352mgPotassium: 674mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1766IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 3mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

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