This is a super meal in itself! So satisfying, smells amazing while cooking and tastes fantastic! It freezes great, too. Each main course serving has 251 calories, 4 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. Although this is a crock-pot recipe, I’ve included directions for making it on the stove-top.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours 0n low heat or 3 hours on high heat
1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey, see shopping tip
1½ cups onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can reduced-sodium beef broth
1 (26.46) ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 (26 oz) jar pasta sauce, such as Classico Tomato Basil, Prego or Ragu’s Original pasta sauce or your favorite
2 cups zucchini
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1½ teaspoons steak seasoning or Lawry’s seasoning salt
3 cups cooked whole grain elbow macaroni (1½ cups uncooked) or penne pasta
2 cups fresh spinach, packed
Black pepper, to taste
1. In a large nonstick pan or soup pot, brown ground beef, onions and garlic until ground beef is no longer pink.
2. To make in the crock-pot: add the cooked beef, broth, tomatoes, pasta sauce, zucchini, red bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning. Cover and cook in crock pot 6 hours on low heat or 3 hours on high heat.
3. Stir in cooked macaroni and spinach. Cover and continue to cook for 15 minutes until heated.
4, To make on the stove top: add the cooked beef, broth, tomatoes, pasta sauce, zucchini, red bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning. Bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, cover and simmer for 35 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta and spinach. Cover and heat for 5 minutes.
Makes 12 cups total (each serving 1½ cups)
I used Trader Joe’s 96% fat-free ground beef. Most supermarkets sell lean ground beef.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 7
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1½ cups each)
251 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 25g chol, 18g protein, 37g carbs, 6g fiber, 1,172mg sodium, 12g sugar
|FACTS: for SmartPoints
227 calories, 1g sat. fat, 11g sugar, 17g protein