This recipe for slow cooker beef and gnocchi stew is easy to make with melt in your mouth beef and gnocchi in a mushroom sauce. This is a warming combination for a cool night.
Serve with your favorite crusty bread.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Slow Cooker Beef and Gnocchi Stew Q & A
The gnocchi will float to the top however some may not rise due to the other ingredients in the slow cooker. Usually 30 minutes on high is plenty of time.
It would be best to either boil them for 1 hour or soak them overnight before adding to the slow cooker to make sure they will get done. You may need to add more beef stock to the cooker if you find the beans are soaking up too much liquid.
Dried gnocchi is a good alternative to fresh however make sure there is at least 80% potatoes in the gnocchi. Fresh gnocchi is difficult to make. Dried will keep for a long time in the pantry and is a great item to have on hand.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
To make this recipe gluten free; make sure you use gluten free mushroom soup and beef stock. Check the potato gnocchi for gluten as some use wheat flour however there are gluten free brands available.
To make this beef and gnocchi stew dairy free; replace the cream of mushroom soup with a dairy free mushroom soup or omit the soup altogether and make up the amount with beef stock then add 8.8 oz. (250g) sliced mushrooms to the slow cooker. Check the gnocchi and beef stock for dairy products.
This recipe uses budget cuts of steak which are perfect for slow cooking as it makes the meat tender. Look for specials at the store then buy in bulk. Meat will safely freeze for up to 6 months. Save even more money by buying in bulk from your local butcher. You may need to cut the meat down yourself which will require a sharp knife.
Onions and Carrots
Onions and carrots are the cheapest vegetables you can buy at the store and their price usually remains stable throughout the year. However, home grown onions are sweeter than what you can buy and carrots straight from the ground will be more tender.
Growing your own also means you can control the amount of chemicals used on the vegetables. Both onions and carrots will store well as long as you have a cool place in your home. See these guides to growing Onions or Carrots for more information.
Canned goods such as beans and mushroom soup have a long shelf life of 1 to 2 years. It is a good idea to to buy as many cans as you can afford when you see them on special. They are perfect for adding to soups, stews and casseroles when your fresh ingredients are low.
Dried beans are also a cheap option which have a long shelf life. They do require a little more preparation than canned however it is worth the effort. This pack of 3.5 pound Navy Beans are great value and are highly rated. (Paid link)
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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