Remember when I had the leftover crockpot French dip roast beef and made it into the beef enchiladas? This is just like that.
First we have my favorite crockpot recipe of all time - "Italian Chuck Roast" I don't know what the real name is - we just call it that - it's not even really Italian!
But it has tomatoes in it, so therefore I call it "Italian"! Hahaha
Here is what you need to make this sublime meat-lovers main dish:
•A 3 lb. chuck roast
•1-2 cans stewed tomatoes
•1 envelope French onion soup mix
That's it! Throw it in your crockpot first 6-7 hours on low.
The original recipe only called for one can of tomatoes. I use 2 because my husband likes them, but the boys pick them off. Doesn't matter - adds a great flavor to this roast!
Save all the juices left in the crockpot (and any leftover meat/tomatoes you might have) and you make this later in the week:
Hearty beef minestrone
Nothing beats soup on a cold winter day!
Here's how I make it:
* Chop 1 onion.
* In a soup pot heat 1/4 c olive oil. Add onion cook till soft (About 5 min.)
* Next add 2 cloves garlic (minced), 2 carrots (diced), 2 stalks celery (diced). Cook until they begin to soften (about five minutes)
* Add cabbage and kale, chopped (3 cups total - FYI: This is about 1/4 head cabbage and 2 c kale). Cook another 5 to 10 minutes until they wilt/cook down.
* Add the following:
1 can kidney beans (drained)
1 12 oz. can V-8 juice
1 32 oz. box beef broth/stock
1 bay leaf
1/2 t dried thyme
1 T salt
Your remaining broth/meat from roast, with any tomatoes that are in it! (If you have refrigerated this for a few days be sure to remove the hardened fat that is on the surface and discard!)
*Cook to a low boil.
*Add 1/2 cup small macaroni like elbows or ditalini. (You can always add water if you need more liquid.)
*Cook another 10 minutes or until pasta is done.
* Before serving remove bay leaf.
* To each bowl add grated Parmesan cheese ** and a drizzle of olive oil.
** Sometimes if I have a wedge of Parmesan cheese I will through the rind in - makes for good flavor in your soup!