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Steak San Marino

I'm a busy pastor's wife and mother of three, and this delicious, inexpensive and easy main dish helps my day run smoother! The steak is so tender and flavorful, my kids gobble it up and my husband asks for seconds. —Lael Griess, Hull, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 beef top round steak (1-1/2 pounds), cut into six pieces
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, combine the carrots, celery, tomato sauce, garlic, bay leaf, Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until beef is tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve with rice.

  • Freeze option: Place cooked steak and vegetables in freezer containers; top with sauce. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked beef with 1/2 cup rice and 1/3 cup sauce: 286 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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  • Patrick
    Jul 4, 2019

    I did not like this recipe at all. I found it way to dry and also very bland. There was no liquid in the recipe. It only had tomatoe sauce. I will not be making this again.

  • ChrisD1717
    Jul 30, 2017

    I tried this today for dinner and was delicious. The steak was so tender it literally fell apart. I did take advice from others and added a can of diced tomatoes. Also added 1/2 cup diced onion. Served over rice. Will make again.

  • oreo95
    May 8, 2016

    So Simple! We really enjoyed this. I followed the reviews, and also added a can of diced tomatoes as I wanted some extra sauce. Served it with rice and a salad. It was a meal that tasted as if I had spent hours in the Kitchen. Thank You!

  • ninerite
    Feb 27, 2016

    We really enjoyed this. Half way through cooking. I put a clean dish towel under the lid so the sauce can thicken. I also added Itailian dice tomatoes.

  • mrappoldt
    Feb 18, 2016

    Very tasty. Meat was so tender and flavorful. Will use this recipe again for sure.

  • germolisgirl
    Jan 29, 2013

    I looked this but it being an Italian style dish I would put in some thinly sliced onion and maybe a bullion cube with the tomato sauce. In order to have enough sauce I doubled it but I also used nearly 2 lbs of meat which I cut in strips about 1/2 inch thick. I cooked on high for 2 hours then lowered it to low for the last 3. Another addition might be pearl onions.My husband said it was a keeper but I seldom leave a recipe as listed. I usually try it once and add to it to suit our taste so this is no exception.

  • DedeH
    Jan 23, 2013

    This was a delicious change of pace from the usual "pot roast". I did add a can of diced tomatoes (italian style) and this added to the gravy. I also added more carrots because we really like them. Wonderful recipe and definitely a keeper!