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Round Steak Italiano

My mom used to make this wonderful dish, and I’ve always enjoyed it. The gravy is especially dense and flavorful.—Deanne Stephens, McMinnville, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    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


  • Cut steak into serving-sized 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 357 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 329mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • Linda
    Feb 17, 2021

    This was really a great Slow cooker recipe!!! I used baby potatoes and spaghetti sauce (in place of tomato sauce) because I had those open and on hand. We also added chopped onion and some Italian seasoning. The meat was fork tender!! We will be making this again!! .

  • Teri
    Sep 18, 2020

    I would like to know what exactly is it in this recipe makes it "Italiano"? It was good and I'll make it again, but I don't see the indication where it is considered a "Italiano" recipe.

  • Patrick
    Sep 17, 2020

    I must say these old fashioned home style dishes are interesting, but I always laugh when I see canned soup involved....! I made a very similar dish to this last week with potatoes on top layered and cooked the beef very slow for 6 hours.... I would never use garlic or oinion salt or powder though - use fresh garlic and onions. The gravy here will be very bland as need celery, carrots and wine to get richness - shallots and or sherry would work well too and perhaps a herb like tarragon. This is very simple cooking that works well for some I know, but it is not for foodies.

  • squeakymouse
    Sep 11, 2020

    Oh my...this is so good! I didn't have time to use the slow cooker so used the stovetop setting on my Ninja. I also cooked the potatoes separately as they weren't in the best of shape. I used 2 lbs. beef cubes but tripled the sauce except for the onion soup mix. I had none on hand so used 2 T. dried onions, 1 t. onion powder, a pinch of dried celery flakes and 1 T. beef flavored Better Than Bouillon I served it over garlic mashed potatoes along with oven roasted asparagus. I can't wait to taste the leftovers.

  • jsgoglia
    Aug 10, 2020

    Has anyone tried this using chuck instead of round steak? I have always used chuck for my pot roasts.

  • gaylene2
    Jun 22, 2020

    My family really liked this dish. They told me to TRIPLE the gravy next time they liked it so well! They said the potatoes melted in their mouths. I was able to thicken with the corn starch and water right in the crock pot itself on high. A good combination with this is green beans and sour cream for the potatoes. Rave reviews on that one! I would just use the gravy alone for other uses it was so good!

  • Janet
    May 19, 2020

    Great! I left the amount of dry onion soup mix, so as not to make the dish too salty.

  • cheriinil
    May 14, 2020

    Made this for dinner tonight for my mom and I. I'm giving it five stars because it's a good recipe, but everyone tastebuds are different. I'll make this again but tweek it a bit. I'd add the whole package of onion soup mix. Maybe so wine. To me

  • SuzieP
    Jan 14, 2020

    This was so tasty and so simple to make. I had a Greek seasoning mix, so I used that instead of straight up oregano. Our grocery had petite sirloin steaks on sale, so I substituted those for the round steak. When I got home from work, the house smelled divine. I made a delicious Parmesan Risotto in my pressure cooker which was a perfect complement to this dish. I can't wait to make this again and may make it for my co-workers for our next potluck! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • my4sweetys
    Apr 6, 2017

    SO GOOD!!! super easy to put together and then come home to dinner DONE! this will be put into the regular rotation.