Thursday, July 9, 2009

Crock Pot Beef – A – Roni

My husband makes the best homemade spaghetti sauce ever, I thought I would give it a try and see how well I learned from the master. I don’t think I did too bad, I still says his is better but I am a very close second. When he makes his sauce he does it in a pot on the stove, I took an easier route and used my trusty, handy dandy crock pot. Having it simmer all day just made the house smell like an Italian restaurant and also made our mouths water all day too. The end result was well worth the torture we endured all day waiting for dinner to be ready.

1 Lb. - Stew Meat
1/2 C. - Flour
1/3 C. - Corn Starch
2 Tbs. - EVOO
3 Tbs. - Chopped Garlic
1 - Diced Onion
10 oz. - Can Rotel Mexican Lime & Cilantro
12 oz. - Tomato Paste
15 oz. - Tomato Sauce
22 oz. - Beef Broth
3 Tbs. - Italian Seasonings
3 Tbs. - Johnny's Garlic Seasonings
2 oz. - Chocolate Bars (any plain chocolate will do)
3 C. - Cooked Elbow Macaroni
Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper

In a large zippy bag place the flour, corn starch and meat, shake until fully coated. In a frying pan heat the oil and sauté the meat and onion just until the onion is soft and the meat is lightly browned. Transfer into the crock pot and stir in all of the other ingredients, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5. When you are at the last couple hours drop in the chocolate and stir until well combined, when you have 30 minutes left stir in the pasta and cover so all of the flavors combine. Dish up and sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

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Maria♥ said...

Mary, this sauce looks amazing!


tigerfish said...

Came from Tastespotting....and decided to leave a note cos it was coincidental I made Pork-a-Roni today! :D

Melody said...

This looks so good. I'll have to keep an eye out for the cilantro lime rotel. And chocolate? I've GOT to try this! Well done!

Deborah said...

I love using the crockpot in the summer because it doesn't the house. I need to try this one!

Grace said...

i was gonna say that this is a classic that i know and love, and then i realized there was chocolate involved. that's a new one on me, and it sounds like a terrific addition!

Donna-FFW said...

This must taste amazing with the chocolate added.Ive never had it like that before.

teresa said...

This sounds wonderful, I've never made a savory dish with chocolate before. I'd love to try it!

pookiepantry said...

looks delicious, and i love the chocolate addition. i'll have to try this, thanks!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea MaryBeth! My husband too makes a better sauce than me - I tend to undersalt almost everything I make!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Melissa said...

That sounds pretty interesting. I will have to try that. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Cathy said...

Love crock pot cooking. A bit of chocolate adds so much flavor to a beef dish. I always add a little when I make chili.

Yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

You've just got to love any recipe that sneaks in, not vegetables, but CHOCOLATE for dinner! Hurray for having the right priorities.


Katherine Aucoin said...

Mary Beth! Chocolate! Oh my, this has to be absolutely incredible!

AJ said...

Is there anything I can sub for Johnny's Garlic Seasoning?

Leslie said...

Sounds like a flavor packed sauce!!!

Anonymous said...

Im going to try to make this but it has been impossible for me to find Johnny spices & the lime cilantro rotel ...Im going to have to be creative!

Bunny said...

WOW this looks terrific! Where I come from this is called goulash, but we don't add chocolate, very interesting! Gonna have to try this!

Nazarina A said...

What a hearty beefy plate of stew to eat and forget all one's troubles! I shall have to be adventurous next time and try adding chocolate!

Selba said...

It looks so delicious! I would love to have a plate of it :)

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