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Sautéed beef with tomatoes and basil

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
18 min
10 min
8 min
A super fast lunch or dinner, this rich meat topping or filling is ready in under 20 minutes. Featuring seven simple ingredients, the beef is enhanced with fresh tomatoes and some herbaceous basil giving it an Italian flare. Make this a staple item to serve over oven-roasted spaghetti squash or a baked potato. Use it as a stuffing for acorn squash or bell peppers. Substitute chicken for the beef using the same technique and flavors for an easy and versatile option. Put your filling in a whole grain wrap with a few more fresh basil leaves for a tasty portable lunch option. Leftovers of the meat can be frozen for up to 3 months.


Fresh tomato(es)

1 pound(s), chopped

Garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced (or more to taste)


2 Tbsp, parsley or mint, fresh, minced

Table salt

½ tsp

Crushed red pepper flakes


Olive oil

2 tsp

Uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, basil (or parsley or mint), salt, red pepper flakes and oil; set aside.
  2. Place a medium to large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add meat and cook, stirring and breaking up meat as it cooks, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato mixture and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes more. Yields about 2/3 cup per serving.