Italian Sauce Steak

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Italian Sauce Steak is a slow-cooked stovetop round steak or cube steak meat in tomato sauce and sometimes a few added peppers and mushrooms in the pan for a quick delicious meal.

The recipe is yet another one of my favorite recipes that mom made in the early 1960s and my two sons renamed as children to sauce steak.

This dish is made with inexpensive cuts of meat using either ground beef made into patties, round steaks, cube steaks or whatever was affordable at the time and we felt like we were rich eating a banquet meal in those days.

The meat can be served with just about any side dish you can imagine and even on top of toasted Italian bread, the sauce is scrumptious.

Cooked in a little wine, crushed tomatoes, spices with a round steak or cube steaks, simmered slow, in a pan will make this so fork-tender.

She would even add vegetables to this dish if we had something fresh from the garden so it's pretty adaptable.

This recipe continues to be a favorite of my grown children and now my grandchildren and still an inexpensive dish to feed a large family deliciously!

I usually never have leftovers 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, this dish still has great meaning, and we love recipes that are tried and true like hotdogs and potatoes or  grandma's hamburgers which continue to bring the same wonderful childhood food memories to them.

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 Sauce Steak

Back in the 1960s when money was tight this was a staple growing up and then my kids loved it when they came around.

Honestly, this basic recipe and sauce are great for any meat you choose to use.

This simple recipe is over 100 years old and mom knew how to stretch a dollar for food bills and feed a large family.

As time went on we tried this recipe with lamb, one large sirloin steak,  hamburgers, chicken, and pork all terrific substitutions, and whatever you can add for an all-in-one pan meal, this was our go-to recipe.

You can also bake these in the oven but add a little more liquid to the sauce and slow cook them or use a slow cooker for 4 to 6 hours on high after browning meat.

Other Meat Suggestions:

  • lamb patties
  • cube steak #1 favorite
  • round steak #2 favorite
  • frozen steaks
  • chicken boneless
  • venison steaks
  • boneless pork spareribs
  • hamburgers
  • large sirloin steaks
  • pork steaks

round thin steak in sauce

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

Italian steak in sauce

Italian Sauce Steak Pin for Later

More Recipes To Try:

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

Easy Comfort Meals

Not only is this an easy beef meal to throw together, have several different cooking methods, the meat you chose is great over pasta, rice, or even a slice of bread!

Those additions can be made ahead of time and your family can make their own meal different for lunch or dinner and have repurposed leftovers with a brand new meal.

Again if you're not a beef lover try this with boneless chicken or pork, the sauce is addicting and so delicious!

My Boys Curt and Chad, still claim this as a favorite meal!

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 or any of the suggestions in the post
  • 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 for around 1 1/2 hours or more till meat is tender and falls apart. Add water if the 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.

The 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

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

  3. 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!

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

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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

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

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. This sounds delicious! I love that you are using a less expensive cut to make this dinner.

  14. Oh, I love this! Such a nostalgic dish and super easy to make too. Delicious!

  15. Oh yum - I need to make this with some cube steak!

  16. This sounds delicious! I can see why your sons love it so much!

  17. This looks amazing and so delicious! My family is going to love this for dinner tonight! Can’t wait to make this soon! So excited!


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