Super Simple Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola

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Slow cooker steak pizzaiola is a fantastic and easy back to school crock pot recipe! It’s a super simple family dinner that takes just a few pantry ingredients to make. Let it cook all day in the crock pot and come home to a hearty dinner.

Sometimes it’s the random creations that become family favorites. This is one of them. And since it’s been made and pinned and viewed so many times since it was originally posted, I thought it was due for a little photo update. If our have a roast or a London broil in your freezer, you can grab a few ingredients from your fridge and pantry, keep your kitchen cool, and still have a hearty dinner of Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola.

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Originally posted on March 28, 2012. Updated with new photos on July 21st, 2015.

One thing that gets me really annoyed and upset is throwing away food. Yes, I know the whole, “there are starving children in Africa” thing, as my mom used to tell me. I suppose I am a bit ashamed to admit that my reasons are not all that altruistic. It really comes down to the fact that I am cheap, and I feel like throwing food in the trash is akin to tossing your dollar bills. So that is where this recipe came from. And I am not ashamed to admit this, because it was really, really good.

I’ve been trying to use up all of the stuff I have stashed in my freezer because it is in serious need of defrosting. And The Hubby had some pasta over the weekend, so we had half a jar of sauce that I didn’t know how I was going to use, but didn’t want it to get nasty and have to chuck it. So I took those two items, an onion from the pantry, and voila!

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Slow cooker steak pizzaiola definitely isn’t the prettiest meal I have ever made.

I actually put this photo up on Instagram as part of the March Foodie Photo Challenge (that day’s category was “protein”), and was pleasantly surprised when someone commented about how delicious it looked.

Well, I don’t know that I think it looked delicious, but it certainly tasted delicious.

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The Bug was a little picky, but he tends to be that way with meat. Or anything that requires, you know, chewing, versus use a little mash and swallow. But The Hubby and I both had seconds. And The Bug was all over the Parmesan Polenta I made with it. I will be posting that recipe, and a little idea for any leftovers (once again, not wasting any food). But I am sure this would be great over pasta or potatoes, and maybe even just with some zucchini or eggplant, if you are watching the carbs. The Hubby even had some of the leftovers on a sandwich for lunch later in the week.

And one of the best things about this slow cooker steak pizzaiola – just toss everything in the crock pot, and walk away for the day. You’ll come home to the house smelling good, and dinner pretty much ready. And I am definitely not going to be too prescriptive with amounts in this recipe – just get the size piece of meat you need, dump in whatever jarred or homemade sauce you have, and you are good to go.

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How do you like to use up leftovers?

Super Simple Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola

A few pantry ingredients simmer all day in your slow cooker so that you can come home to a hearty and flavor-packed dinner. Serve it over polenta, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, or rice.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. London Broil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 bell pepper red, yellow or orange, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Season the London broil with salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker.
  • Cover with the onions and peppers, and pour the sauce and water over the meat and vegetables.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours. If you can, flip it around once or twice, so that the juices can soak in on all sides.
  • Serve over polenta, rice, pasta, potatoes, bread, or veggies of your choice.
Nutrition Facts
Super Simple Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola
Amount Per Serving (5 oz. steak)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 419mg17%
Potassium 835mg24%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 30.9mg37%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Aside of the slow cooker steak pizzaiola, here are some more of my slow cooker favorites…

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And a few from my friends…

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Steak Pizzaiola with Polenta
Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola - a super simple family dinner that takes just a few pantry ingredients. Let it cook all day in the crockpot and come home to a hearty dinner. | cupcakesandkalechips.com | gluten free, paleo recipe

58 Comments
  1. Balveen

    Do you reckon this recipe would work if I were to replace the london broil with diced beef? I really want to try it out to ease my progress into using slow cookers but I don’t have any marinated steaks, just the meat pieces. Thanks in advance!

  2. Alli

    I am so excited to try to this recipe but I am so DYING to know more about your Parmesan Polenta. Do you have a recipe for it that you can share?

  3. Cate

    So do you broil the meat first and then throw it in the slow cooker or do you throw it in raw? Sorry if that’s a dumb question, I’m a little new to all this! Lol.

    1. This recipe is very flexible. I’ve used anywhere from half to a full 16 oz jar, sometimes I throw in other veggies or a splash of red wine. You just want the meat at least partially covered.

  4. Christy

    I tried this Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola
    recipe and it was FABULOUS! I added a bit more water and sauce and made homemade steak fries to dip in the sauce. This is going in the permanent cook book and passing it on down to my kids! (young adults)

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  6. On the country cook weekend potluck looking for a recipe for my top round just out of the freezer and I think this is it! I even have some potatoes to mash. Thanks for the recipe! Great site you have here.

      1. Hyla

        Do you actually use the water to include in the slow cooker as part of the recipe or do you just use it to rinse out the tomato sauce jar? That part was unclear.

  7. Good Morning Brianne,
    Your Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola looks delicious, we would really enjoy it. I love your leftovers, we always try to use those leftovers. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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