prep 15 minutes I cook 9 hours

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups water
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (11-1/2 ounces) V8 juice
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup sliced carrots
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 bay leaf

In a nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in salt and pepper, Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 9-1 1 hours or until vegetables are tender. Discard the bay leaf before serving. yield: 7 servings.