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Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Once of my favorite and simplest recipes is Italian beef.  Even more so, the slow cooker version of Italian beef!  It is such an easy meal and its goes great with so many sides!  If you don’t have a slow cooker yet, you need to go get one asap! A slow cooker is a mom’s best friend!  I now own two 6 qt slow cookers with programmable timers and they are absolutely amazing!

 Seriously, you set the temperature to low or high for however many hours that the recipe calls for.  When the timer goes off, it automatically switches over to warm and hold it’s at serving temp until you are read to eat!  Whether you are a working mom or stay at home, this is perfect because we all are busy!

Italian Beef Recipe

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Recipe

Ingredients you will need :

  • 2 lbs beef
  • 1 jar sliced pepperoncinis
  • 1 packet Italian seasoning (use half for less spicy flavor)
  • 5-6 cubes beef bullion 


This Recipe couldn’t get any easier.  Place all your ingredients into your slow cooker.  If your family prefers thing without too much spice, use only half of the pack of Italian seasoning or only half the pepperoncinis. The full ingredients will give it quiet a kick.  Turn your slow cooker on low for six to eight hours. This is one of those recipes that if you let it sit longer, the flavor will get richer.  Serve hot with bread or noodles, with a nice fresh salad on the side!

Main Course Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana – Rich & Creamy!

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

Going out to eat is a big deal for our family.  We wed young, and had children just as young.  So going out to eat any where more than McDonald’s has always been a privilege.  As the years have gone by, we have increased the amount we go out, but not by much.  We may go out to eat once or twice a month.  Our goal is to have as many meals at home gathered around the kitchen table as possible.

When we do go out, the kids and I almost always know what we want. Having two children with autism, they do not like to stray from the usual. The other two, normally pick with in a certain range of options. My husband on the other hand, takes quiet some time to pick out something new each time.

When it comes to the usual’s, Zuppa Toscana is mine. For several years, I never tried to make it as I was the only one to eat it. Over the last couple years, I have managed to convenience every one to try it. From age two through adult, they all love it! With a budget in mind, making this in the slow cooker is a no brainer! Check out this awesome Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Recipe Below:

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Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe

(Better than Olive Garden!)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 boxes of Chicken Stock
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced and diced
  • 6 potatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup of finely chopped kale
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 3 to 4 slices of bacon, cooked and diced


In a skillet, brown ground Italian Sausage. Remove and drain grease from meat. Combine sausage, chicken broth, onions, and garlic into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours (or 3-4 on high).

Add in flour into the heavy whipping cream, removing any lumps. Combine cream and kale into slow cooker and stir. Cook for an additional 30 minutes on low. Add in cooked bacon, salt & pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.

Serve hot along side bread sticks and a fresh garden salad for a delicious, well-balanced meal the whole family will enjoy!