Italian Beef Recipe
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Italian Beef Recipe

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"I make this beef in the slow cooker when I'm having a party so I don't have to spend the whole time in the kitchen," reports Lori Hayes, Venice, Florida. "The meat smells so delicious, I can hardly keep my husband from helping himself ahead of time!" For a robust sandwich, serve the shredded beef on a roll spread with horseradish sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 10 hours
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 10 hours
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 1 beef top round roast (4 pounds)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, dried oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, dried parsley flakes and pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 14 French rolls (5 inches long)

Nutritional Facts

3 ounce-weight: 386 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 557mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch.


  1. Cut roast in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the water and seasonings; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or until meat is very tender. Discard bay leaf. Remove meat and shred with a fork. Skim fat from cooking juices; return meat to slow cooker. Serve on rolls. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Italian Beef in Light & Tasty June/July 2003, p20

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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