During the month of March you will find simple recipes that can help you plan meals for the hectic week ahead. This week, pot roast is the star of our meal planning show. Make beef pot roast on slow cooker Sunday and put a few twists on the classic dish throughout the week.
Growing up, we would visit my grandparents house and could always expect something to be on the stove. My favourite visits were the days my grandfather had his famous (to us) homemade marinara sauce simmering away on the stovetop. He would keep a warm baguette next to saucepan and we’d taste test (day-long taste tests are a thing, right?) until the sauce was just right – or gone.
Fortunately, this stovetop meat sauce doesn’t require an all-day simmer, but it’s sure to be one of your new go-to weeknight meals. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook carrots, onions, celery, and garlic. Then reduce the heat and add your family’s favorite store-bought marinara sauce (this is a real time saver), the pre-made pot roast from the weekend, salt, and oregano. Heat the sauce through for about 10 minutes and presto – a hearty meat sauce.
While my family would gladly enjoy this meat sauce with a chunk of warm bread, for a more substantial meal pour it on top of your favourite pasta or egg noodles. Plan ahead to use pot roast and some fresh vegetables to easily upgrade store-bought marinara into something special.
If you’re hunkering down for the winter, chances are you’re cooking more at home. Soups, stews, pot roast – it’s high time for comfort food. If you want a stick-to-your-bones recipe that’s perfect for those 30 degrees and below days, make slow cooker goulash.
There is a lot of conversation around goulash and how to make this popular wintertime dish. While we aren’t calling our recipe Hungarian goulash, the dish did originate in Hungary. It’s a meat and vegetable stew seasoned with lots of paprika and other spices.
North Americans have reworked the recipe into a more familiar Hamburger Helper-style dish – and we aren’t complaining. The slightly spicy sauce, ground beef, and pasta combine for a comforting meal both the kids and adults at the table will love.
Make the meat sauce in your slow cooker, then stir in cooked elbow macaroni and plenty of cheddar cheese. Switch the slow cooker to WARM and melt a little extra cheese on top before serving or transfer to a baking dish and melt the cheese under the broiler for a few minutes. No matter how you serve it, slow cooker goulash is sure to warm you from the inside out this winter.
In a large skillet over medium-high, heat oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef, cooking until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain fat if necessary.
Add meat mixture to slow cooker crock with tomato puree, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, paprika, salt and black pepper.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and stir into crock with 1 cup shredded cheese.