Farmer’s Market Meat Sauce

Summer’s bounty turns a classic meat sauce into a meal worth celebrating. Serve it over farfalle pasta.

  • Yield: Makes 4-6 servings (6 cups)

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1. Heat a 12-inch 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.