Freezer Meal Italian Beef

Freezer Meal Italian Beef Sandwiches are here just in time for the chaos of fall and they are ready to love you.

There is so much to love about food that takes 7 minutes to prep, and involves tender shredded beef with a lot of garlic and onion, crusty buttered bread, melted Provolone, salty and tangy giardiniera, and a superluscious and flavorful broth to dunk it all in.

How make Freezer Meal Italian Beef Happen

  • Add some beef to a freezer bag with lots of yummy Italian spices.
  • Throw it in your freezer.
  • Remove from freezer, add liquid, cook totally hands-off, and devour.

That’s it. Low maintenance and flexibility is the name of the game here.

Once your beef is done, broil some hearty (I mean like SUPER hearty) crunchy bread with slices of Provolone cheese, add your beef and giardiniera, and send it swimming in that brothy goodness.

Freezer Meal Italian Beef

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


Freezer Meal Italian Beef! Just a few minutes to prep and hands-off to make. Tender shredded beef, crusty buttered bread, melted provolone, and giardiniera.


Freeze together:

  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • half an onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoondried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


INSTANT POT: Add 2 ½ cups broth and ¼ cup giardiniera brine before cooking. From frozen, 1 hour 15 minutes on high pressure + 15 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: Add 2 ½ cups broth and ¼ cup giardiniera brine before cooking. From thawed, 5-6 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Serve on toasted rolls with melted cheese and chopped giardiniera!

  • Category: DInner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian
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