slow italian beef

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Let’s stay in the Mediterranean mode: there’s tender Italian beef filling your kitchen w/ Italian flavour & feeling… best for dinner on any cold & rainy day!

This beef was accompanied by my Mediterranean style roast potatoes. However, you may also just cook a big pot of spaghetti or linguine or rigatoni or whatever pasta you’ll find in your pantry. There’s a lot of juicy meat & soft vegetables w/ sauce! You may even confine yourself to just breaking some rustic bread…

…& it needs definitely no attention when it’s cooking in your slow cooker…

What do we need?

There are:

  • brisket of beef
  • canned Italian tomato pulp
  • onions
  • carrots
  • red wine
  • olive oil & balsamic vinegar & honey
  • twigs of fresh rosemary
  • garlic
  • chili
  • a mix of dried Mediterranean herbs like oregano, thyme, basil, sage…

Cut the beef in pieces & start frying them in a pan until the pieces are brown all around.

In the meantime clean the vegetables & put everything incl. the herbs & spices in the slow cooker.

Mix the ingredients & add the beef before closing the slow cooker.

… & about 4 h later:



slow italian beef

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Servings: 2-3 as main dish

slow italian beef

Let's stay in the Mediterranean mode: there's tender Italian beef filling your kitchen w/ Italian flavour & feeling... best for dinner on any cold & rainy day!


  • about 400 gr brisket of beef
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 twigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2-3 small red onions OR 3-4 spring onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 can peeled Italian tomatoes OR 1 can Italian tomato pulp
  • 100 ml red wine
  • some olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • equipment:
  • a slow cooker

How to...

  1. Cut the beef in 2-3 pieces.
  2. Add salt & pepper.
  3. Fry the beef in a pan w/ some olive oil for about 10 min.
  4. Turn over the beef to ensure that all parts get brown.
  5. Chop the onions.
  6. Peel the carrot & slice it.
  7. Pour the tomato mess in the slow cooker.
  8. Add all dried herbs.
  9. Press the clove of garlic & add to the tomato mess.
  10. Remove the seeds of the chili & crumble it into the tomato mess.
  11. Add balsamic vinegar & honey.
  12. Add red wine
  13. Mix thoroughly.
  14. Add onions & carrot.
  15. Add rosemary twigs.
  16. Mix again.
  17. Put the beef on top.
  18. Let the slow cooker do its duty for about 4 hours on high temperature.
  19. Remove the beef.
  20. Discard rosemary twigs.
  21. Add some salt & pepper to the sauce (if necessary).
  22. Serve the beef w/ the sauce as it comes out of the slow cooker.
  23. Optional: Bring the sauce to a boil, add some cream (or not) & let it thicken using some starch. Then serve the beef w/ the sauce.
  24. Optional: Bring the sauce to a boil & smooth everything w/ a handheld blender. Add cream (or not) & let it thicken using some Starch (if necessary). Then serve the beef w/ the sauce.


Prep Time: The refinement of the sauce is not included.

Garlic & chili: You may use more garlic & chili if you like.

Herbs: You may reduce the types of herbs as you like - however stay w/ Mediterranean herbs.

Sorry: no experience concerning storing leftovers in the fridge or freezing...


(information on equipment)


We can serve the Italian beef as it comes out of the slow cooker: there are enough soft vegetables & lots of liquid for any pasta aside or roast potatoes or – simply – bread…

You may also make an effort to refine the liquid into a classic sauce by help of a handheld blender, more wine, more cream… It depends only on your time budget!


The businesswoman with too many office hours thinks

Ok: I assume I can just double the beef & add some more of everything – as long as my slow cooker is capable to hold it.

I imagine a big deep plate w/ lots of amassed spaghetti… the sauce & beef on top… covered w/ some freshly grated parmesan… & all may dig in!



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