Balsamic Beef and Onion Pasta

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 20, 2010

Remember the Slow Cooker Beef Roast with Balsamic Onions?!?

Well, you should just bookmark it now and make it next time you have a beef roast on hand.  Or better yet, toss it with some pasta and might I say you won’t regret it!

I used up a BOGO beef roast from the freezer, a yellow onion and some $.50/box pasta.  Along with half of a $1 green pepper and a $.99 Romaine lettuce head with a homemade salad dressing for the salad.


That is all I have to say.

Yum. Yum.

Few drizzles of olive oil ($.05)
1.3 lb beef roast ($3.88)
1 yellow onion, sliced ($.30)
3-4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ($.15)
Salt and pepper
1 pound penne pasta ($.50), use rice pasta for GF meal
1/2 head Romaine lettuce ($.50)
1/2 green pepper ($.50)
Homemade salad dressing ($.25)
1 cup frozen peas (for the boys) ($.50)

*Soon we will be eating lettuce and peppers from the garden!

1. Drizzle some olive oil into the slow cooker and add the beef roast. Add the sliced onions and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Set on low and cook for 8 hours. Once cooked, pull/shred into bite size pieces.
2. As the cooking time on the beef roast nears its end, cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and add to a large bowl. Toss the pasta with the beef pieces and onions. Add about 1/4 cup of the beef-balsamic broth from the slow cooker and toss with the pasta and beef.
3. Prepare salad and dressing.
4. Serve Balsamic Beef and Onions Pasta with side salad.

Cost $6.63…with LOTS of leftovers!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim Costello April 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm

If I was following the recipe I would never have put the beef in. But I’m guessing it goes in with the onions.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 20, 2010 at 9:26 pm

@Kim Costello,

Yes…I updated the post…goes in just before the onions :)


Jen April 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I’m not too good with cuts of beef. Is beef roast typically what that is called? Just want to make sure because I’ve definitely bought beef that didn’t turn out how I thought it would:) Thanks for posting this, it sounds awesome!!


katklaw777 April 21, 2010 at 12:14 am

Why toss out the beef/balsamic broth??? Isn’t it delicious? Couldn’t you thicken it and serve it with the pasta and beef?
Just wondering…….thanks.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 21, 2010 at 7:45 am


Totally meant to toss some of the juices with the pasta. I didn’t realize the way I wrote the directions that it also seemed as if I were suggesting you throw it away. I have clarified :)



Linda Pinto April 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

What is a BOGO roast? Thanks.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

@Linda Pinto,

Buy One Roast, Get One Free…usually bring the overall cost down around $2.49/lb for these types of sales.


Ashley April 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

This was soooo good! I added a little beef bullion at the end (took away a little of the tart) and it was great! My whole family loved it!


Nicole Rod April 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

I notice that in the original post, you seared the roast before adding it to the slow cooker, but you don’t mention that step in this post. Did you skip it this time? Did it turn out just as well? I’m planning on making this and want to know if I can skip a step. Cause I’m lazy like that ;)


Charlene Austin April 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm

This looks so yummy! I am deep into a kitchen reno right now and am looking for meal ideas and the crock pot is going to be well loved by the end of it. I am also trying to eat from the Pantry and Freezer soooooo I think I will try this with pork tenderloin which means I would then have all these ingredients on hand. Gotta like that!


AprilG September 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I tried this one and it is very good. I shared the link on my blog.


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