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01/06/2015 09:26 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Crockpot, Skinny Tomato Beef Macaroni Stew

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This is a super meal in itself! So rich and satisfying. Each main course serving has 251 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Although this is a Crockpot recipe, I've included directions for making it on the stove-top.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours on low heat or 3 hours on high heat

Ingredients

1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey

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 Crockpot: add the cooked beef, broth, tomatoes, pasta sauce, zucchini, red bell pepper, Worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning. Cover and cook in the Crockpot 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)

Weight Watchers (old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (1½ cups each)
251 calories, 4g fat, 0g chol, 18g protein, 37g carbs, 6g fiber, 1,172mg sodium, 2g sugar

Note:
1. The nutrition facts were calculated on Spark People.com.
2. The Weight Watchers POINTS were calculated on CalculatorCat.com.

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