My dad gave me a recipe when he was here over Christmas. It was something he had tried at his local grocery store and then he had made it at home and really liked it. I wasn't able to get the exact ingredients in my part of the country, but I took his recipe and adapted it to what I could get and this is what I came up with.
2 pounds beef stew meat
1 medium onion
1 3 oz bag sundried tomatoes
1 14 oz. can beef broth
1 24 oz. jar marinara sauce
1 16 oz. package gnocchi pasta
dried spaghetti sauce mix (use about 1 heaping T. from envelope)
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
Parmesan cheese to garnish if desired
Put all the ingredients except the gnocchi into the slow cooker. I left my sundried tomatoes whole. Next time I would slice them. I also left the onion whole. I don't eat onions, but I like the flavor. This way I could remove the onion after cooking.
Cook in slow cooker 4-6 hours (I did mine 4 hours on the high setting). Put in gnocchi for the last 20 minutes of cooking time. The gnocchi should be tender and the meat should be falling apart.
I served the stew with the bread I made here.
This one was a hit with my husband.
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