Saturday, February 15, 2014

Italian Pot Roast



Another easy recipe in the crockpot!
This recipe originates from Southern Living Magazine 2010 and my family loves it!  I do too because the crock pot does most of the work!
Here's what you need...

1 package of sliced, fresh mushrooms
1 large onion, cut in half and sliced
1 (3-4 lb) boneless chuck roast, trimmed of some of the fat
1 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 14 oz can beef broth
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
2 Tbsp cornstarch

Place mushroom and onion in a slightly greased crock pot.
Sprinkle roast with pepper.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and brown roast for 2-3 minutes on each side.
Place roast in crock pot on top of mushrooms and onion.
Sprinkle dry onion soup mix over top.
Pour beef broth and tomato sauce over all.
Cover and cook for 8-10 hours on low.  You want to be able to easily shred with a fork.
Transfer roast to cutting board and shred.  Keep warm.
Meanwhile, add tomato paste and Italian seasonings to remaining juice in the crock pot.
In a separate bowl, combine 2 Tbsp water and cornstarch.  Blend until smooth.
Add the cornstarch liquid to the crock pot.
Turn crock pot to high and cook for 20 minutes or until thickened.
Return the roast to the crock pot to warm up and then serve.

With all this cold, this surely hits the spot.  With just a little prep work in the morning, it will be ready for you by dinner time and with leftovers!

I served this with an easy hashbrown casserole.  You can see it in the background.  
Get a package of frozen hashbrowns.  Defrost in the microwave for 6 minutes.  Take out a skillet and add 1 stick of butter.  Melt the butter on medium and then top with the defrosted hashbrowns.  Add lots of salt and pepper to taste.  Just leave it alone.  When the edges begin to brown, place a plate on top to flip out the hashbrowns.  Add some more butter.  Then slide the hashbrowns back in so that the bottom browns.  When you see the edges browning, they are done.  Flip out again onto a plate.  Check out Made From Pinterest if you need a visual.

Stay warm out there!  In the meantime, serve up some comfort's good for the soul.

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!


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