There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are starting to turn, and there are noticeably fewer hours of daylight. You know what that means?! Crock-pot season (otherwise known as fall/winter) is upon us!
Thanks to Slow Cooker Revolution (my love letter to this book from America’s Test Kitchen is here), I have an entire cookbook full of tips, techniques, and meals. I also have a handful of pre-SCR recipes; tried and true favorites that are both easy prep and crowd-pleasers.
One of these family favorites is from a booklet I picked up in the grocery store check-out line (those impulse purchases get me every time – it’s either a cooking magazine or a Snickers bar!). It’s from Betty Crocker, although, truth be told, it’s the only recipe I saved from the book.
The photo is from the Betty Crocker website; I’ll update this post with a photo of my own the next time we make it (within the next two weeks, according to my meal plan rotation). The recipe feeds my family of six easily.
Zesty Italian Beef Tips
- 2 lb beef stew meat, trimmed
- 1 cup frozen pearl onions, defrosted
- 6 oz pitted kalamata olives, drained
- 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, Julienne cut (if you can’t find these dried, use the ones packed in oil, drained and sliced)
- 1 26-oz jar marinara sauce
- 1 lb uncooked farfalle pasta (according to ATK, Mueller’s brand is “highly recommended”)
- Place beef and onions in bottom of slow cooker. Top with olives and tomatoes, then marinara sauce.
- Cover. Cook on Low 8-10 hours.
- About 15 minutes before serving, cook and drain pasta, according to package directions.
- Serve pasta in individual bowls, topped with yummy “zesty” beef mixture. Accompanied with a green salad (and a glass of red wine), a delicious meal!
What are your favorite slow cooker meals?
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