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Weeknight Beef Skillet

This mild but hearty family fare is chock-full of veggies, Italian seasoning and nutrition. It’s a quick-and-easy meal that just might become one of your family’s favorites! —Clara Coulston, Washington Court House, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked yolk-free whole wheat noodles
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


  • Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook beef and pepper over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.
  • Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning and, if desired, sugar to beef mixture; bring to a boil. Stir in vegetables; heat through. Serve with noodles; sprinkle with parsley.
    Freeze option: Do not cook noodles. Freeze cooled meat mixture in a freezer container. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Cook noodles according to package directions. Place meat mixture in a large saucepan; heat through, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups beef mixture with 3/4 cup noodles : 400 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 638mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 11g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.
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  • MarineMom_texas
    Mar 25, 2020

    We had this delicious dinner tonight. , I made a few changes. I added a can of Italian style stewed tomatoes and lessened the Worcestershire sauce to ½ teaspoon. I omitted the sugar. I used spaghetti in place of the noodles. We cleaned our plates. This was delicious. Volunteer Field Editor

  • I_Fortuna
    Jan 22, 2017

    Good recipe except too much WS and sugar. WS is good with just a few drops. If you mix the sugar with the beef while cooking it, the beef will caramelize nicely and add a lot of flavor to this dish. : )

  • bjsilve0
    Aug 21, 2016

    ICK! The Worcestershire is way to strong. Doctored it up with a can of tomatoes with basil and oregano and then it was eatable.

  • kat83
    Feb 16, 2011

    Did not care for this recipe.

  • cborngrebe
    Jul 14, 2010

    This is a good recipe. I will adjust the sugar next time I make it. 2 Tbsp did make it very sweet. My husband definately noticed the sugar. I don't care for green pepper so I substitued chopped onion and used a country trio vege consisting of corn, carrots and green beans. I had all ingredients on hand already so I was pleased I didn't have to run out to the store.

  • themrsh
    May 7, 2010

    forgot to mention I left out the sugar and salt.

  • themrsh
    May 7, 2010

    A recipe shouldn't be rated low b/c it isn't "special". This recipe was excellent and perfect for a quick week night dinner. I added onion & a can of diced tomatoes & 2 cloves of garlic.

  • mjlouk
    Dec 3, 2009

    This wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything special.

  • Lynnette68
    Nov 21, 2009

    Not a bad recipe, but it needs some tweaking, unless you like your sauce really sweet!