Beef & Tortellini Marinara with Green Beans Recipe
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Beef & Tortellini Marinara with Green Beans Recipe

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This hearty Italian pasta stew is a tradition with my family. It's great served with crusty Italian bread to dip in the sauce and with a nice big green salad. I like to have a glass of red wine with this meal-in-one.—Joyce Frey, Jacksville, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES:11 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES: 11 servings


  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) marinara or spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 pound small fresh mushrooms
  • 2 envelopes thick and zesty spaghetti sauce mix
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 310 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 1118 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 14 g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in tortellini. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until tortellini are heated through. Yield: 11 servings.
Originally published as Beef & Tortellini Marinara with Green Beans in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2010, p27

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"while taste was very good, 6 hours in slow cooker, did not soften beans or beef cubes. I would suggest using canned string beans, drained, and cooking meat for a while before putting in slow cooker."

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2013

"This recipe is so full of flavor, delicious!!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"This recipe is the BEST!!! I have made this several times and it is delicious. I made it exactly as the recipe and it is a favorite."

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"Although this recipe looks and sounds delicious, most of it is still sitting in the crock pot. My Italian food loving family did not care for this at all. I may try again without the spaghetti sauce envelopes... not a flavor we cared for. I would also make the tortillini separately and serve the crock pot fixings over the top as the the tortillini were very chewy."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"This was hearty, the sauce was thick, and the beans were still al dente. There was a strange flavor that I couldn't put my finger on - would like to make again, but perhaps use less of that herb, if I could figure it out; also a little hot - might not use as much pepper another time."

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