(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking Day 162 – WW Italian Beef and Lentil Slow Cooker Soup)
It’s been over a year since I’ve made a pot of this easy, delicious Weight Watchers 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.
Skinny on Weight Watchers Italian Beef Lentil Slow Cooker Soup
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 Slow Cooker soup so it’s definitely getting added in to my regular soup making rotation.
According to the Weight Watchers Website, each serving has 5 PointsPlus and 4 SmartPoints. I love every time I discover a favorite recipe that has gone down in Points values don’t you? Enjoy!
- 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, 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.
Substitute 2 cups fresh cut green beans for the zucchini if you prefer.
Source: Slightly adapted from Weight Watchers
*PointsPlus® for this Italian beef and lentil slow cooker stew calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
*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 Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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