Farmer’s Market Meat Sauce

By: Marge Perry & David Bonom

  • Yield:

    4 Servings


1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 1/2 pounds assorted cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced
1/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the beef and cook, breaking into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, about 8-9 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and reserve.
  2. Return the skillet to the stove and heat the oil over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, 3-4 minutes. Add the bell pepper and cook 2 minutes. Stir in the zucchini and cook 2 minutes longer until starting to soften. Add the tomatoes and cook until just starting to wilt, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in the reserved beef and cook until hot, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil, cheese, salt, and pepper.