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Slow Cooker Beefy Mac - A Family Feast

Slow Cooker Beefy Mac

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 hours
  • Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


  • pounds chuck, cut into 4 or more large pieces
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart beef or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound Ditalini or elbow pasta


  1. Place all ingredients except pasta in slow cooker and set to low for ten hours.
  2. After ten hours remove beef and shred with two forks.
  3. With immersion blender, puree contents of crock pot and add beef back in.
  4. At this point, you have two choices. The first choice is to put the pasta in the crock pot with sauce and beef, cover and cook on high for two hours. Or pour contents of crock pot into a stove top pot and add pasta and cook until pasta is soft, about ten minutes. Be advised however that you need to stir the stove mixture often so it does not stick. Add a little more water or tomato sauce if needed to keep it moist. We did the stove top method over medium to medium high and added one more cup of water to achieve optimum results.
  5. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.