Simple Slow-Cooker Dinner

Life. Is. Busy.

Am I right? 

Thank goodness I have our awesome meal collections to fall back on for those days when I hardly know which way is up ... let alone what's for dinner!

I love that I can choose my collection based on the recipes I like, and it's all right there for me: recipes, grocery list and ideas for sides!

I try to take a few minutes on the weekend to think about what the week has in store for us. Usually we have about two nights each week where there simply isn't time to spend even 30 minutes making dinner. 

Recipes like this roast beef are perfect for days like that! While I'm sipping my morning coffee and running around my house getting ready, it's easy to get this thrown together. And I know it'll be ready for dinner later in the day. 


Here's the quick and simple how-to:

Start by placing a 3 lb. beef roast in a greased slow cooker. Add a ½ cup of Merlot & Mushroom Slow-Cooker Sauce, a can of beef broth and 1 packet of Roasted Garlic & Herb Cheese Ball Mix. The recipe also says you can add in a cup of dry red wine ... and let's be honest ... I'm always including the wine!

Savory Roast Beef Prep

Give these ingredients a quick stir. I know it doesn't look like much right now, and it seems like a lot of liquid. But trust me: this is the way it's supposed to look!

Savory Roast Beef Prep

Set the slow cooker on low and let it cook for 7-8 hours. When it's done cooking, it will look something like this.

Savory Roast Beef Prep

Carefully remove the beef roast from the slow cooker and let it rest a few minutes. 

Savory Roast Beef Prep

You can place some foil over it to help keep the heat in. 

If you're going to steam some vegetables, now is the time to do it! We're going to make a thick and delicious gravy for the roast, but that should only take 5-10 minutes. Easy!

Pour the broth through a strainer into a saucepan over medium heat. This keeps any of the bits left in the slow cooker out of your sauce.

Savory Roast Beef Prep

Savory Roast Beef Prep

While this heats, whisk together ¼ cup cornstarch and 3 Tbsp. cold water. This mixture will thicken the broth into a delicious sauce. Gradually add the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, whisking as you pour, until it reaches the desired consistency. 

Savory Roast Beef Prep

Add any salt and pepper to taste, and just drizzle the sauce over your roast. Serve it with mashed potatoes or steamed veggies, and you're done!

Savory Roast Beef

Dinner is served, as easy as that!

 - Anna

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Savory Roast Beef


  • 3 lbs. beef roast
  • ½ cup Merlot & Mushroom Slow Cooker Sauce
  • 14 oz. can beef broth
  • 1 packet Roasted Garlic & Herb Cheese Ball Mix
  • 1 cup dry red wine* (optional)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. cold water


Serve it tonight: Combine first 5 ingredients in a greased slow cooker. Cover; cook on low 7-8 hours. Remove beef; let rest 5 minutes, slice or shred with forks. To make sauce, strain broth and add to a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Gradually whisk cornstarch mixture into saucepan until it reaches desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour over roast.

Freeze it for later: Combine first 5 ingredients in a gallon resealable freezer bag. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Prepare as directed above.

*For example, Pinot Noir, Shiraz or Merlot.

Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.

Tips and Hints

  • Depending on how much liquid is released during cooking of the roast, and how thick you want your gravy, you might need a bit more of the cornstarch mixture.
  • You'll probably have more sauce than you need. It makes a delicious gravy for mashed potatoes.
  • I made this recipe on-the-fly, but this can be made as a freezer meal - even QUICKER on busy mornings!
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great meal Super easy and delicious. Merlot sauce is delicious.
Date published: 2015-11-18
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