Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Crock Pot Beef & Tortellini Stew

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
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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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Michelle said...

This sounds really good, Cindy. I am sitting in front of a heater and am still cold--it has been unusually cold here all week. Your stew is something I need right now. Thanks for sharing!

Cynthia Landrie said...

I love tortellini and stew. I'll have to try this great combo of both! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.