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Texas Ranch-Style Stew

 Texas Ranch-Style Stew
Ground beef, beans and pasta thickens this hearty stew that's perfect for brisk autumn days. The zippy sauce, made with canned vegetable juice, gives the chunky mixture a western flair —Mrs. J.W. West of Alvord, Texas
6 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup small shell pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (5-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium V8 juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Southwestern diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion, green
  • pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink;
  • drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce
  • heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain pasta; stir into stew. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/3 cups equals 307 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 886 mg sodium,

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Texas Ranch-Style Stew (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 37 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.