Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 6 and 1/2 hours
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 11 servings
â€¢1 pound beef stew meat
â€¢2 tablespoons olive oil
â€¢2 garlic cloves, minced
â€¢1 jar (26 ounces) marinara or spaghetti sauce
â€¢2 cups dry red wine or beef broth
â€¢1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
â€¢1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
â€¢1/2 pound small fresh mushrooms
â€¢2 envelopes thick and zesty spaghetti sauce mix
â€¢2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
â€¢1 tablespoon dried minced onion
â€¢2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
â€¢1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
â€¢1/4 teaspoon salt
â€¢1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
â€¢In a large skillet, brown beef in oil until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker.
â€¢ Stir in the marinara sauce, wine, green beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, sauce mix, parsley, onion, rosemary, pepper and salt. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
â€¢ Stir in tortellini. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until tortellini are heated through. Yield: 11 servings.