Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January 24, 2012: Homemade Meatball Stew Recipe

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Last year I shared an easy meatball soup recipe that uses convenience food items. I decided there was no excuse for being lazy and remade that recipe using homemade ingredients and keeping the calories as low as possible.

Homemade Meatball Stew

1 cup crushed Saltine crackers
¼ cup fat free half and half
1 egg
¼ cup ketchup
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. garlic salt
1 t. dried parsley
1 pound 93% lean ground beef
1 cup baby carrots, cut into small pieces
1 cup fresh green beans, cut into thirds
1 large Russet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 celery heart, rib, greens and heart thinly sliced
1 cup canned corn (or fresh)
1 carton beef stock
1 cup water
2 cups dry macaroni or farfalle (bowtie) pasta

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine crushed crackers and half and half; let sit for five minutes to soften crackers. Add egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Mix in ground beef with your hands. Shape into small balls.

Spray a Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Place meatballs in the bottom of the Dutch oven and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from oven and remove meatballs with a slotted spoon.

Add vegetables (with the exception of canned corn) to Dutch oven. Saut̩ for 2 Р3 minutes, scraping up bits of meatballs from bottom of pan. Add beef stock and water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium; boil gently for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add reserved meatballs and corn. Cook for an hour, until vegetables are soft.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to meatball stew just before serving. Add water, if necessary, to thin stew.

Serves 6

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