As most of you know, my oven/stove stopped working last week. Yup, it had worked OK all day, then I came to make dinner and none elements worked; on top of the stove, or in the oven. I had taken some steaks out of the freezer for dinner, but the kids ended up having cereal and fruit. Since I had some thawed steak in the fridge, I was racking my brain as to how I could cook it in the crock pot. With no stove/oven for almost 5 days, my plan was to use my crock pot. Well, plans don't always work as they're suppose to and I kept forgetting to get the crock pot going early in the morning. Thankfully on Sunday, things were quiet and I remembered I needed to cook up that steak. So, using my toaster oven and a small stainless steak skillet, I seared the steaks, to cook them up in the crock pot.
I had a regular beef stew in mind, but Queenie has been super picky lately and I figured I'd have a better chance with tortellini in the stew, rather than potatoes. Well, I was wrong. She took 1 bite and claimed she didn't like it. No surprise really; just frustrating! Mr. B however ate 2 bowlfuls and Hubby said it tasted awesome as well. The steak was super tender and just fell apart, when I took it out of the crock pot. So, I shredded it up and threw it back into the crock pot, with the tortellini for about 30 minutes at the end. This is a deliciously hearty stew, perfect for the frigid temperatures we've been experiencing this week.
Beef & Tortellini Stew
2 top sirloin steaks
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 a large onion, chopped
8 oz baby cremini mushrooms, cleaned
salt and pepper
2 tsp Pampered Chef Three Onion Rub
1 cup beef broth
1- 14oz can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
12 oz package of cheese tortellini, fresh or frozen
Season steaks with salt, pepper and Three Onion Rub. Preheat a skillet over med high heat. Add in a drizzle of olive oil and sear steaks for 2 minutes on each side; until a nice brown crust forms.
Place carrots, onion, mushrooms and celery in bottom of a 4 qt crock pot. Place steaks over top. In a small bowl, whisk together the crushed tomatoes, beef broth, basil and oregano. Pour over steaks.
Cook on LOW for 6 hrs. Remove steaks and shred with two forks. Return to the crock pot, along with tortellini. Cook for an additional 30 minutes; until tortellini is tender. Garnish with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, if desired.
*to order the Pampered Chef Three Onion Rub in Canada, please visit my website at www.pamperedchef.biz/cinjamskitchen
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