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Round Steak Italiano Recipe

Round Steak Italiano Recipe

“My mom used to make this wonderful dish, and it's always been one that I love,“ writes Deanne Stephens from McMinnville, Oregon. “I especially like how the thick gravy drapes both the meat and the potatoes.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 pounds beef top round steak
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 medium potatoes (7 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  • 1. Cut steak into serving-size pieces; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, soup mix, oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic powder and pepper; pour over meat. Scrub and pierce potatoes; place over meat. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or until meat and potatoes are tender.
  • 2. Remove meat and potatoes; keep warm. For gravy, pour cooking juices into a small saucepan; skim fat. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with meat and potatoes. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 357 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 329 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 31 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Reviews for Round Steak Italiano

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"I have such a difficult time with round steak. This still turned out very dry with a bland flavor. Potatoes were very mushy."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"This was an easy meal to prepare. I did make my own onion soup mix with spices from home instead of the packet. I made mashed potatoes instead so we could put the gravy on them. Everyone in this house cleaned their plate."

Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"This was also my first time to make potatoes in the crock pot. They turned out great! Very tender and tasty. I was out of onion soup mix so I used herb &garlic soup blend that I had on hand & it was very good.. Super easy and great aroma while it was cooking."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"First time cooking potatoes in crockpot and I was surprised at the tenderness. The meat however was just okay and everyone thought it needed salt."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"We tried this recipe tonight for the first time. I was wary of cooking the potatoes this way, but I have to say the potatoes were tender and a great addition to this easy meal! I love round steak in the slow cooker; so economical a cut of meat. This turned out really good with a pleasant, but not overpowering, tomato flavor. Recommended!"

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"I made this just as written, except I was short on time so I used my pressure cooker instead of the crock pot. It was great! I can't wait to cook it in the crock pot, too. I am sure it will be very tender and tasty! Thank you for the recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"I thought this meal was delicious, but my hubby gave it an "okay" review. The meat was incredibly tender as were the potatoes. It took just minutes to get it ready for the crock pot, so it's a keeper in my book."

Reviewed May. 4, 2012

"Excellent recipe! We love the tender, flavorful round steak, and the baked potatoes make it almost a complete meal -- just need to add a veggie or salad."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"Boys love this one so easy to make, on our racing days!"

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"this was a very east recipe I love it will do it many times"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I have made this recipe at least a dozen times, and we absolutely love it. I have never had the meat turn out less than tender, and the gravy is delicious. Sometimes I have found that I don't need to add the cornstarch; it's thick enough without it. I think I will try doubling this the next time I make it.

We really like the baked potatoes done this way, so much that I have also tried putting scrubbed, pierced potatoes on top of ribs or pork chops when cooking those in the
crockpot for other meals.
All in all I have found this to be a great recipe that has never failed me!

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"I did not make the potatoes but put after it was done, put it over white rice. My family loved it."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"Meat turned out tender. Cool way to cook potatoes! Could use a little more tomato though."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"I haven't made this yet but I think instead of jar or canned tomato sauce, I'll use canned diced tomatoes and add my own seasoning."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2009

"I thought this was excellent! I made it on the stove top to save time, so I did bake the potatoes seperate. It was not bland and my sauce was a nice golden brown color. I had the neighbors over for dinner and they loved it! Next time I'm going to double it!


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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.