Hearty Meat Sauce with Zucchini and Mushrooms

A hearty and flavourful sauce perfect for pasta, a base sauce for stuffed pasta shells, or even in wraps or on toast with a few slices of avocado! This sauce can be made vegan by omitting the meat, replacing it with a plant-based alternative, or adding an additional zucchini and a few more mushrooms.

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil and add the onion, garlic, and zucchini. Sauté for about 7-8 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through, but not browned. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, spices, and herbs and stir to combine thoroughly. Add the ground beef and stir to break it up so it cooks more evenly. Cook for 5-8 minutes until mostly cooked through. Deglaze the pan with the  wine and balsamic and then stir in the tomatoes. Continue cooking the sauce for 10-15 minutes at low to medium heat until the sauce has thickened and the meat is well cooked through. Remove from heat and enjoy over pasta, as a sauce for stuffed shells, or on toast!

Serves 7-8.

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