Italian Sauce Steak

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Italian Sauce Steak is the name my boys Chad and Curt named this dish.

The name stuck with them all through adulthood.

It's a delicious inexpensive cut of meat using either round steaks or cube steaks, and I would make them often when they were little.

At the time they were 5 years old and 3 years of age, ( now in their late 30s) this is one of the most requested meals when they visit me!

The dish is cooked in wine, crushed tomatoes, spices with a round steak or cube steaks, simmered slow, in a pan will make this so tender it falls apart.

I would put huge chunks of peppers and mushrooms in and since they were so picky, would remove the peppers at the end but those are the ingredients that make the wonderful flavors this has.

Now I can't put enough peppers in there or those whole button mushrooms in it, they love both!

I usually never have leftover but when I do, the meat is even awesome in a hard roll or buttered garlic bread then sprinkled with shredded mozzarella, oh it's so good!

After all these years, it brings great memories, childhood favorites are the best memories when cooking and it's nice to have
more than one recipe they remember like hotdogs and potatoes or another favorite was grandmas hamburgers.

Scroll down to check out this simple recipe even your kids will love!

These are rounds steaks smothered in sauce peppers, garlic and mushrooms

Delicious Saucy Steak

Even though the new photos are so much better than the old, don't let my vintage photos below scare you off.

I wanted to show you the old photos since it goes with the story.

I've been making this recipe for over 40 years, and yes my kids back in the 80s were babies.

A trip down memory lane for sure with the most popular meal I cooked back then in my home.

this is Italian sauce steak is inexpensive cuts of meat like cube or in the photo round steak with crushed tomatoes simmered in a pan with button mushrooms and peppers until fork tender

Easy and Economical Meal

With the least expensive tougher cuts of meat, this steak dinner is fork-tender.

You just need a little patience with simmering.

The wine and tomatoes make this fork mouth-watering tender.

That's why the kids always loved it.

Check out the originals photos back in the 1980s below.

Years Gone By

No matter how old we get, we always remember that special recipe that mom and grandmom made for us as children, this one will be etched in my kid's minds like mine.

Hard to believe that was 1980, where does the time go?

I love to reminisce about vintage recipes like this sauce steak, it sure brings back wonderful heartfelt memories of those days.

Now after 40 something years, I still get that cozy warm feeling this recipe brings to the table, a delicious keeper for sure.

The boys always loved this meat served with pasta and garlic bread.

Cooking Methods

If you don't have time, put in all in a slow cooker, when you get home it's a perfect meal.

The stovetop is fine to cook it on but takes patience and simmering.

The slow cooker will do the same thing, I just brown the meat first and stick everything in the slow cooker and leave for the day.

Slow cooking tougher meats are always the way to cook them, even the least expensive cuts will be delicious.

You can also use the instant pot on the pressure cook mode.

this is sauce simmering with garlic

Delicious in a Sandwich!

I usually serve this over plain white rice or any kind of macaroni cooked to package instructions.

We ever like this sauce poured over thick slices of Italian bread and loaded up with shredded mozzarella and grated cheese.

This is a dish of gemelli pasta with round steak and garlic bread

Other Suggestions:

Drain and scoop this delicious sauce steak over the top of rice or pasta.

Add a salad and some garlic bread.

It's also terrific as a topping for baked potatoes or mashed potatoes,

So its pretty simple recipe to make, there is really nothing to it and so versatile!

these are photos of different pastas

Find the least expensive cuts of meat

I take two packages of round steaks thinly sliced or cube steaks, around 8 pieces total.

Very economical meats.

Use your favorite pasta, any kinds are fine their favorite is either Gemelli or Fusilli!

Ingredients You Will Need For Sauce Steak

  • round steaks or cube steaks
  • bell peppers sliced
  • fresh button mushrooms
  • minced garlic
  • red wine or use water
  • crushed tomatoes
  • granulated garlic powder
  • dried oregano, parsley, basil, salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 cup of green beans, peas or any other vegetable like carrots or sliced potatoes

Comfort Food

Although the kids still love old world style chili, a popular homemade baked macaroni, and cheese or even my chicken casserole dish,

this will always be the one that stands out as being the favorite family meal they never would tire from.

If only time could stand still, I still savor those moments in time!

A collage of my sons as little boys and grown men

Italian Sauce Steak Pin for Later

This is for Pinterest of a recipe for sauce steak with sauce and mushrooms over cube steaks

More Recipes To Try:

Mom's Baked Hamburgers Italian Style
Chuck Steak Stew
Sausage Mushroom Peppers Cabernet

ths is a recipe for Italian cube steaks and recipe card thats printable

Italian Sauce Steak

Yield: 6
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 1 H & 24 Mtotal time: 1 H & 34 M
This is a vintage recipe using a less expensive cut of steak made into a juicy steak with Italian sauce and some vegetables. Served with pasta, this was my two sons favorite meal in the 1980s.


  • 8 to 10 small round steaks or cube steaks
  • 2 large bell peppers sliced
  • 8 ounces of fresh button mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • Add 1 cup of red wine preferably Cabernet (it will boil off after simmering) or use water
  • 1  28 - ounce can of crushed tomatoes 
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • dried oregano, parsley, basil, salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 cup of green beans, peas or any other vegetable like carrots or sliced potatoes


How to cook Italian Sauce Steak

  1. In a large frypan saute with a little oil in the pan the round steaks till browned on both sides.
  2. Add cleaned minced garlic,, mushrooms and two cleaned and sliced bell peppers, continue to saute about 2 minutes more. 
  3. Add all spices, salt, pepper and wine and any vegetables using.
  4. Simmer on lowest heat setting around 1 1/2 hours or more till meat is tender and falls apart. Add water if liquid evaporates.
  5. All of this can be placed in a slow cooker also for 4 to 6 hours on low.
  6. Cook pasta or rice of choice, our favorite is Gemelli and serve Sauce Steak on top of pasta.
  7. Great with garlic bread, antipasto salad for side dishes


Cooking methods can be used in a slow cooker, instant pot, or pressure cooker according to instructions.

Pressure cooker takes 35 minutes.
Slow Cooker on low 6 to 8 hours High 4 to 6 hours
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Italian Sauce Steak Pin for Later

This is for Pinterest of a recipe for sauce steak with sauce and mushrooms over cube steaks

Other Italian Favorite Recipes:

Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Seven Fishes
Italian Seven Fishes 2010
Italian Christmas Eve and Day Recipes
Italian Baccala
Italian Stuffed Squid
Italian Leg of Lamb

A collage of my sons as little boys and grown men

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. What a cute story! I'll bet they still appreciate when you cook this for them.

  2. Yes they do, thank you....they grew up to fast :)

  3. for a wonderful story and dish,awards on my blog!

  4. It is nice to cook something that the kids would love to eat. And yes, it looks so yummy and I would like to have some too! Especially with garlic bread...Oooo..yum!

  5. Lovely story and lovely food. That piece of bread looks very tempting to me!

  6. love the story ! i still want my mom to make me pasta and meatballs on sundays :)

  7. We called it Italian beef and when we lived in florida our neighbor had us over for dinner after arriving from Chicago with a marvelous dish he picked up at Chicago Uno Chicago Beef. Well enough said on that it was good but not ours

  8. Nothing is better than homemade, we put love in our cookin! thanks for posting :)

  9. Who can resist a hearty meal like this? I feel like cooking pasta with the steak sauce right now. But, it's 3:54 AM right now.

  10. Looks yummy -- I bet it would also be good over mashed potatoes. But then again you can't mess with a family favorite!

  11. Lovely. Yummy ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

  12. Such a lovely story and the saucy steaks look fantastic too!

  13. I think we all have those special dishes that mom and/or grandma made. This one looks very good and I can see why they request it.


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