Texas Ranch Style Stew

I always wonder what to do when I make something that doesn’t turn out or that some of us or all of us don’t like, should I still put it on the blog?  So far, I’ve put everything on the blog even if it doesn’t turn out all that great or if we don’t like it.  This recipe for example was not my favorite but Bob loved it so here it is.  It is from the “Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook”.  I didn’t have all the exact ingredients so that might be one reason I didn’t love it but Bob liked it so I’ll let you decide.

1 cup small shell pasta (I used whole grain rotini because I had an open box and I used about 2 cups because that was what was left in the box)

1 pound lean ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

2 garlic cloves, pressed

3 cans (5 1/2 oz each) reduced sodium V8 juice (I used two 8 oz cans of tomato sauce)

1 (15 oz) can ranch style beans or baked beans, undrained (I used a can of chili beans)

1 (14 1/2 oz) can Southwestern diced tomatoes, undrained (I used a can of those Rotel tomatoes with green chilies)

1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed (I used 1 cup as 1/2 didn’t look like enough)

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet (when they say large, they mean large, I had to transfer to a bigger one half way through so start with a big one), cook the beef, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink then drain.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Drain pasta and stir into stew.

1 serving = 1 1/3 cups, 307 calories per serving, serves 6

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