Crock-Pot, Skinny Tomato Beef Macaroni Stew

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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


Ingredients

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


Instructions

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)


Shopping Tip

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
Weight Watchers
(old points) 5

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

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49 Responses to “Crock-Pot, Skinny Tomato Beef Macaroni Stew”

  1. Julie Says:

    there is a terribly high amount of sodium in this recipe — any suggestions for cutting it in half?

    Thanks a bunch,

    Julie

  2. admin Says:

    Julie, you could cut down or leave out the 1½ teaspoons steak seasoning or Lawry’s seasoning salt.
    In addition, look for the lowest sodium jarred pasta sauce to use.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  3. joyce Says:

    simply a great recipe my family really enjoyed it, in fact my grandchildren asked for seconds!

  4. admin Says:

    Fantastic to hear that Joyce…Thank you!
    My best,
    Nancy

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