WW Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Italian Beef & Lentil Soup
It's been over a year since I've made a pot of this easy, delicious Weight Watchers Friendly Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Soup.
One of my all-time favorite slow cooker soups, I decided to make another batch before the weather gets any warmer.
When I originally saw the recipe for this Italian Beef and Lentil Soup, I really didn't think much about it. Then I heard several people singing the soup's praises during Weight Watchers meetings.
Which was all I needed to make a batch for myself.
Italian Beef + Lentil Soup Recipe Notes
This is one of those dump and stir, one-pot slow cooker recipes. There's no precooking required.
To prevent the zucchini from getting mushy, it's best to add it during the last hour of cooking, if you can. If you're not a zucchini fan, substitute whatever vegetables you like best. Green beans would be good.
Mom, Rod and I all really, really like this easy Italian Beef and Lentil Soup, so it's definitely getting added in to my regular soup making rotation.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Easy Healthy Italian Beef & Lentil Slow Cooker Soup/?
According to my calculations, each serving has 233 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Italian Beef & Lentil Stew Recipe Variations
Substitute 2 cups fresh cut green beans for the zucchini if you prefer.
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Weight Watchers Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Stew
- 1 pound lean beef round, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced (I used jarred)
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend
- 1 can (14 - 15 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 slivered basil
- Ideal slow cooker size: 5- to 6-Quart.
- 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.
- Just before serving, remove the cover and stir in the basil.
- Serve hot.
Source: Recipe slightly adapted from Weight Watchers
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you liked this Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Soup you might also like:
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I made this recipe when it came out in the weekly. It was the most vile recipe I ever made. I followed it to a tee. No taste--I cooked it longer than stated in the recipe and the lentils were still hard. I've made lentil soup many many times and never had anything that resembled this. I give this a big thumbs down--no stars for this.
Sorry you didn't like it. We did and it's rare with Rod, Mom and I all agree. Both the meat and lentils were cooked to perfection when I made it. And I did bump up the seasonings a little, which I tend to do, with most recipes. Just goes to show that you that it's impossible to please all of the people all of the time! And there are just so many variables when it comes to cooking - quality/flavor of ingredients, variabilities of equipment and on and on. With a 4.5 star rating and over 900 reviews on the WW website, I stand with the majority on this one, which isn't always the case 🙂
My husband and I enjoy this recipe alot as well, and at 6'4" and 165 he normally doesn't have a need or care for weight watchers recipes. He asks for this recipe routinely! I have only made it with fresh green beans so far, and double them to 4 cups.
Thanks for posting this so I don't have to keep track of where the weekly went!
Hi Joy, Glad to help! I have trouble keeping track of my favorite Weekly recipes too!!
I put this into the WW recipe builder and it says it's 8 points a serving at 6 servings, not 5.
I'm not sure what to say. This is a recipe that I took right from the Weight Watchers weekly magazine which only provides the Points Plus value, not the calories, fat, fiber, carbs, protein values needed to calculate it. If you can't trust Weight Watchers to print the correct Points Plus value in their weekly magazine, who can you trust, LOL??? I'd say to choose the value that makes you feel most comfortable. When you are trying to lose weight, it's always better to overestimate than underestimate. I've been in maintenance mode for several years so I've got a bit more wiggle room. And the truth is that I didn't end up at WW because I ate too much Beef Lentil Soup 🙂 But, my best advice is to always trust your gut!
Holy Schnykies, what is wrong with people? I guess some peeps need someone to blame for EVERYTHING!!!!!!! With that being said, this is one of the most delicious recipes I have ever made. My husband LOVED it, my neighbors LOVED it, everyone I know LOVED it!! And I followed the recipe verbatim. I DID make it in my instant pot, so it cooked for 25 minutes and was so amazing. Thanks so much for this recipe. I am VERY appreciative of recipes that are as good as this one. It will definitely be inserted into my rotation!!
Hi Kim, Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. So glad you liked it!!
Is it possible to get the article back about your sister talking about grapefruit and other scents ?
Thank you again for daily e mails . Jana
Hi Jana, I think is the article you are looking for: https://simple-nourished-living.com/letting-go-cravings-grapefruit-essential-oil-instead-food/ - Martha
So yummy and satisfying. In my regular rotation. Hubby loves it.
Could someone please tell me what kind of beef this is (beef round). I’m not familiar with it or maybe it’s a cut not available in Canada?
Hi Roberta, here's a link to a great article explaining all about beef round - https://tonysmarket.com/understanding-beef-round/ Hope it helps. ~Martha
Hello, thank you for providing recipes! I'm using my instant pot more and more. Would you be converting more of your recipes to IP?
This is SO good. I let my half recipe cook in a two qt slow cooker for about an hour and a half longer than stated. Just to get the lentils to finish cooking. I also add 1 tsp dried basil instead of the fresh. Adding the zucchini in the last hour cooks it perfectly. My 83 yr old mom loves this soup and I do, too! Thanks so much!
If I add more lentils (no more liquid)... would it become thicker... I like a thick lentil soup.. what do you suggest? TIA~
Hi Elyce, yes that should work. ~Martha