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Mediterranean Beef with Pasta

Makes: 6 servings
Prep 25 mins Slow Cook 7 hrs to 9 hrs  (low) or 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours (high) + 30 minutes (high)
Mediterranean Beef with Pasta
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  pounds  lean beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 3  medium  carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1  medium  yellow sweet pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1  medium  onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 2  cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1  teaspoon  dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2  cup  lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 1/4  cups  zucchini and/or yellow summer squash halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (1 medium)
  • 6  ounces  dried whole grain penne pasta
  • 1  recipe  Basil Gremolata
Directions

1. In a large skillet cook meat, half at a time, in hot oil over medium-high heat until brown. Drain off fat. Transfer meat to a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add carrots, sweet pepper, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Pour tomatoes and broth over mixture in cooker.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.

3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in zucchini and/or yellow squash. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

4. Serve meat mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with Basil Gremolata.

Basil Gremolata

Yield: about 1/3 cup
Ingredients
  • 2  tablespoons  finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2  tablespoons  snipped fresh basil
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
Directions

1. In a small bowl stir together cheese, basil, and garlic.

Nutrition Facts (Mediterranean Beef with Pasta)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 371,
  • Fat, total (g) 13,
  • chol. (mg) 64,
  • sat. fat (g) 5,
  • carb. (g) 31,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 6,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 5,
  • sugar (g) 6,
  • pro. (g) 32,
  • vit. A (IU) 54,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 6,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 97,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 4,
  • sodium (mg) 403,
  • Potassium (mg) 889,
  • calcium (mg) 81,
  • iron (mg) 4,
  • Mark as Free Exchange () 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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