1 pound lean ground beef Serves 6.
I like to think of this meal of warm, creamy polenta with ground beef and vegetables as comfort food on its best behavior. The soothing texture of polenta is everything your body craves in Winter, but, unlike so many other carbo-licious foods, the ground beef and stewed vegetables are actually wholesome and nutritious. When I make it for dinner tonight, I'll be stirring in some sun-dried tomatoes and my favorite Italian pesto. To add this recipe to your slow cooker collection, read more.
1 14-1/2-ounce can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 medium onions, cut into thin wedges
1 large red sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 16-ounce tube refrigerated cooked polenta
6 tablespoons purchased pesto or olive tapenade
Fresh basil sprigs (optional)
1 pound lean ground beef