Mediterranean Beef with Pasta

Looking for a easy yet delicious dinner recipe? Try our simple Mediterranean Beef with Pasta recipe. With just 25 minutes of prep time, a slow cooker and your favorite pasta, you can easily make this beef and pasta recipe for your loved ones. Top with basil gremolata for a perfect finishing touch!

Mediterranean Beef with Pasta
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 ½ pound 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

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • ½ cup lower-sodium beef broth

  • 1 ¼ cup zucchini and/or yellow summer squash halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (1 medium)

  • 6 ounce dried whole grain penne pasta

  • 1 recipe Basil Gremolata

Basil Gremolata

  • 2 tablespoon finely shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  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

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
13g Fat
31g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 403mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 889mg 19%
Folate, total 96.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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