I’m all about maximum reward for minimal effort and this Weight Watchers Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Stew really delivers. Featured in a recent Weight Watchers Weekly, several people recently have commented on delicious it is. After hearing more than a half-dozen endorsements I knew it was time to see and taste for myself.
Yes, they were right. This Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Stew is delicious, especially when you consider just how simple it is.
I made only a few minor adjustments to the original recipe: substituting 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning for 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano and adding the diced zucchini during the last hour of cooking to prevent it from getting too mushy.
We enjoyed this tasty soup, along with some crusty bread, for a late supper last night after picking Mom up from the airport. She, Rod and I all gave it a thumbs up. Described in the Weekly as a “wonderful winter warmer,” Mom said it was, “Light enough to be enjoyed almost any time of year.”
As the recipe explains, you could substitute, 2 cups of fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths, for the zucchini. I think a few chopped carrots would also be nice.
- 1 pound lean beef round, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend
- 14-1/2 ounces canned diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- ¾ cup dry lentils, rinsed
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 large zucchini, diced
- ¼ cup fresh, silvered basil
- Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper.
- Place the beef, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, tomatoes, tomato paste, lentils and beef broth in a 5-quart or larger slow cooker and stir to combine everything well. Cook, covered, on low for 6 to 7 hours. During the last hour of cooking add the zucchini. Remove the cover and stir in the basil.
- Serve hot.
Slightly adapted from Weight Watchers
More Weight Watchers Friendly Beef Soup & Stew Recipes
Lightened Up Easy Slow Cooker Beef & Mushrooms
Hearty Beef Vegetable Slow Cooker Soup
Healthy Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Barley Mushroom Soup
Lightened Up Slow Cooker Coconut Beef
Skinny Slow Cooker Beefy French Onion Soup