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Slow Cooker Beefy Mac

Slow Cooker Beefy Mac

Slow Cooker Beefy Mac is a super simple, super delicious, hearty meal that the whole family will love! Chunks of chuck roast and pasta are cooked in a beefy tomato sauce.

Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
Prep: 10 minsCook: 10 hoursTotal: 10 hours 10 minutes


2 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into two-inch pieces (cut off any excess fat)

1 1/2 cups yellow onion, cut into large dice

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced

1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

2 cups tomato sauce, see here or use your favorite jarred sauce

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dry oregano

1 teaspoon dry basil

1 quart beef stock (canned or boxed is fine)

3 cups water

1 pound (16 ounces) Ditalini pasta

1 cup Parmesan cheese plus more for serving, grated


  1. In a large slow cooker, place beef, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, stock, and water. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours, or until beef pieces are tender.
  2. If you are using a slow cooker that also has a sear/saute function, raise the heat to 350 degrees F and once the mixture is bubbling, add the pasta, cover and cook until the pasta is tender, stirring a few times so it doesn’t stick.
  3. If your slow cooker only has low and high, ladle some of the cooking liquid into a non-stick medium pot (strain the mixture and place the solids back into the slow cooker). Heat the pot of sauce to boiling, then add the pasta and cook until tender on medium heat. Add pasta and sauce back to the slow cooker. The pasta should be tender and there should still be liquid in the pot.
  4. Note that the pasta/sauce mixture in your slow cooker should still be a little loose. Ladle out about two cups of the liquid and set aside. (This will be used to serve over portions as a sauce and to reheat any leftovers – pasta always absorbs sauce as it sits.)
  5. Once the two cups of liquid/sauce have been removed, stir the Parmesan cheese into the slow cooker and mix with the pasta and beef.
  6. Serve immediately with some of the sauce spooned over each portion and additional Parmesan cheese, if you’d like.

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© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: Italian, American Method: slow cooker