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Beef & Tortellini Marinara with Green Beans

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stir in tortellini. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until tortellini are heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 310 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1118mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • jdanz2010
    Feb 5, 2018

    Made this more or less as written, except I used 20 ounces of tortellini. I think it would have been too soupy otherwise.

  • mammaw61
    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.

  • smeloche63
    Jun 18, 2013

    This recipe is so full of flavor, delicious!!

  • jlundine
    Sep 22, 2012

    No comment left

  • bettylou1333
    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.

  • mkwasko
    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.

  • LucitaRosita
    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.

  • mjmathey
    Jan 23, 2012

    This is excellent. It is rich, hearty and filling. It is also easy to make - put it in the slow cooker, leave for the day. Then come home, add the tortellini, make a salad, warm the bread and enjoy.