Noodles with a warm, hearty meat sauce — do weeknight dinners get any more satisfying than this? I simply love the way that this sauce fills the kitchen with a delightful, comforting aroma as it cooks. While this sauce is not fully made from scratch – there’s a jar of organic spaghetti sauce in there – it’s perfect for busy, weeknights when everyone is hungry and there’s no time to spare. If you have time to think ahead, and throw ingredients into a slow cooker in the morning, then here’s a spaghetti recipe that is fully from scratch.
While this sauce does use a jar of spaghetti sauce, we really liven it up by adding sautéed garlic, onions, bell peppers, herbs, cherry tomatoes and ground beef. The flavor is ahhh-mazing! And in the theme of saving time, our noodles are made with a simple veggie peeler, rather than going the extra step to create longer, skinnier noodle strands with a spiral slicer. (If you want to learn all about making perfect noodles out of vegetables then here’s a video where I review two different spiral slicers.)
I hope that you and your family enjoy this satisfying and wholesome dish as much as mine does 🙂
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
- 2 Tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
- 2 bell peppers (I used orange and red) chopped
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 (24oz) jar organic spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 5 organic zucchini
- Place an extra large, non-stick skillet (or medium pot) over medium heat. Add the olive oil and warm for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, onion, thyme and rosemary. Sauté, mixing often, for 5 minutes, until tender. Add the chopped bell pepper and continue to sauté for 5 minutes.
- Add the ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking the beef apart, until all the pink is gone. Drain off the pan, then return to medium heat.
- Add the spaghetti sauce and cherry tomatoes and mix until well combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve warm over zucchini noodles with a sprinkle of fresh herbs. Enjoy!
- Wash the zucchini and use a veggie peeler to remove all of the green skin. Use the veggie peeler to create long, flat ‘noodle’ strips of zucchini. Collect in a large bowl. There’s no need to cook these noodles. Simply serve with a large helping of the warmed spaghetti sauce on top. Enjoy!