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Kid-Friendly Farm Fresh Meat Sauce

This kid-friendly veggie-loaded meat sauce with ground beef and medley of vegetables is hearty, filling, and nutritious! 
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds ground Beef (at least 90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms sliced then chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini grated
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 1 can 28 oz. no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt see note


  • Heat nonstick skillet over MEDIUM heat until hot. Add Ground Beef and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add carrots and garlic. Cook for another 4-5 minutes, breaking beef into small crumbles and stirring occasionally.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Turn heat to LOW, cover and cook at a slow simmer, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes. Uncover, adjust salt and pepper and simmer another 10-15 minutes or until sauce thickens.


When serving to a baby, set aside a portion and then season the remaining with salt to taste at the end for the rest of the family. If wondering why, check out this post – “salt/sodium for babies and toddlers


Calories: 351kcal | Protein: 22g | Sodium: 529mg | Potassium: 648mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3mg
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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