Pasta with Ground Beef, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes; death throes of a garden

I have always had a hard time letting go of things.

I still have some of my college textbooks.

I still have a heavy winter coat, suitable for Minnesota, that I haven’t worn since I left Minnesota…. 14 years ago.

Right now I’m having a hard time letting go of my garden.

It’s the middle of September.  This is when vegetable gardens die off.

I have thrown almost as many zucchini on the compost pile as we’ve eaten.

And we’ve eaten lots of them, in more ways than I ever thought possible.

The cherry tomatoes?  I pick every ripe tomato I can find every night and every morning there are twice as many staring at me.

My freezer is full to bursting.

And yet, I can’t seem to let go.

The plants all look pathetic, dry, brown leaves….. They’re almost dead, but….

There are new blossoms on the cherry tomatoes.

There are 1 or 2 new zucchini starting to grow.Presto pasta nights

So, once again, I find myself out watering the garden, wondering whether I should hoe one more time.

I should just pull it all up and add it to the compost.

I should…. But I won’t.

I did manage to use a bit in a pasta dish this week so I’ll send it over to Abby, of Eat the Right Stuff for Presto Pasta Nights.

She’ll have the round-up on Friday of pastas from around the world.

Pasta with Ground Beef, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta with Ground Beef, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

12oz (350gr) ground beef
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 medium zucchini
1 cup (4oz, 125gr) cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup beef stock
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbs fresh, snipped basil
1 tbs fresh oregano
1 tbs olive oil
1 1/4 cup pasta – penne, rigatoni, fusilli

Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Roughly chop onion and zucchini. Mince garlic.  Cut tomatoes in half.
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add paprika, onion and sauté 5 minutes. Add zucchini, garlic and sauté 5 minutes longer.  Remove and keep warm. 
Add ground beef and brown, breaking it up as it cooks.  Return vegetables to skillet, add cherry tomatoes, stock and herbs.  Cover and heat through.  Add drained pasta, stir to combine and serve.

I just can’t seem to stop…. zucchini, cherry tomatoes….

I dream about them.

Help…. please

12 thoughts on “Pasta with Ground Beef, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes; death throes of a garden”

  1. I think this is how commerce got started – the gardener with too much to eat and preserve. Enjoy the last few lovely weeks of fresh veggies.

  2. Katie – I am going through the same thing. Zucchinis still with flowers, green tomatoes that I am sure will not ripen…garden looks awful. I am giving myself one more week..then we will see, by then it might be the end, our weather is cooling fast! Love anything with zucchini – so versatile.

  3. i’m so jealous of your garden bounty – my courgettes have been teeny and/or nibbled by field mice and my tomatoes have only just started to ripen! thanks for sharing with ppn – it looks delish!

  4. I hear you! I’m up to my ears in tomatoes too. I should can them but I’ve never canned and I find it daunting because I worry about the bad stuff that can happen with canning.

  5. Not having any garden, I live vicariously through yours…and then head out to the market to pretend all that wonderful bounty comes from mine. Thanks for sharing a great dish with Presto Pasta Night.

  6. Never know, you may find that coat coming in handy some time. Switzerland maybe in the winter?
    Your dish sounds perfect for using up those veggies. The tomatoes here are pretty much hothouse, except for the little cherry tomatoes. We have fruit flies which sting garden variety ones.

  7. Zoomie, I think you are absolutely right!
    Ina, ours just cooled down overnight…. so fast!
    Manningroad, I live in the middle of farm country – everyone with the same problem ;-))
    Thanks, Katerina…. it’s so nice to hear that.
    Abby, wish I could send you some…
    Nirmala, freeze them…. Of course, you have to have a big freezer….
    Ruth, at least markets don’t make one feel guilty….
    Julie, I complain, but I will miss them.
    Claudia, that’s why I still have it…. one never knows what’s next LOL Bummer about the fruit flies.

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