Simple Italian Beef and Broccoli Skillet

I’m working my way out of a job. Don’t feel sorry for me. This is grand.


Here’s what’s going down:

I used to spend so much time every day putting together big meals. I’d make big meat and potatoes meals, with veggies and some sort of homemade bread like cornbread. At the end of every meal, my sink would be piled with dirty dishes that would take quite a bit of effort to wash up. By the time that meal detail was behind us, it would be time to turn around and start over.


Three times every day.

Now, you know me. You know how much I love to cook and bake. But all the effort and all the dirty dishes was taking away the joy.

Can I tell you something? Unless it’s Thanksgiving, it should NOT take longer to cook and clean than it takes to actually enjoy eating the meal you’ve lovingly prepared. No way, thank you very much. It’s deflating to spend an hour (or more) cooking a meal, then to watch my family devour it in fifteen minutes, then have to get up and scrub down a crusty kitchen.

There is more to life than cooking and eating (says the girl who loves food).

That’s why Simple Meals was born (this rockin’ service you need to check into). That’s why Simple Recipes keep popping up here on my blog. I’ve been on a mission to find and experiment with recipes that are incredibly simple to make and clean up after. They are nourishing and delicious, but painless to plan for and prepare. (Then I’ve gone even farther to put everything together in a super simple meal planning option so you don’t even have to think about what to cook. You’ll love this!)

This Simple Italian Beef Skillet recipe I’m sharing today is the definition of simple. Make the entire meal in one skillet. (Actually, I did make rice in a separate pot to fill my men and help this dish go farther. I ate mine without rice though. I was in it for the meat and veggies.)

This recipe takes four ingredients. It takes five minutes of prep. You put it all in a skillet and let it cook itself while you do any number of other things you need or want to do.

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Simple Italian Beef and Broccoli Skillet
Serves: 4-6
  • 1-2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 3 Tablespoons dry Italian seasoning mix*
  • 1 medium head fresh broccoli
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  1. Stir ingredients together in a skillet.
  2. Cover and let meat cook on low heat for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve with rice if you like.


*Click here for our Italian Dressing Mix recipe.

Can I give another plug for this amazing Cast Iron Skillet? What would I do without mine? Want another easy skillet recipe? You’ll love Simple Skillet Taco Pasta.

Want some more Simple Recipes? Here are others I’ve shared recently:

Let’s hear it for less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying family!!!

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  1. Crystal says

    Not sure about this recipe. I am interested in trying a few of these “simple recipes ” before buying the meal plan. (Which sounds awesome,by the way )
    So I am all set to make this but then I noticed that you cook the broccoli with the beef for an hour…wouldn’t it be mush and falling apart? Thoughts?


    Laura Reply:

    Ya know, the broccoli does get a little mushy, but my family didn’t mind. I’d say that if you prefer, you can add the broccoli during the last few minutes of cooking so it will stay more firm. Glad you asked!


  2. Jessica says

    I am making this meal Thursday :) Just made up my menu plan for the week (works better to do it on Tuesday) and am really excited to try it. I really, REALLY appreciate all these simple recipes you are coming up with and sharing. You have no idea how much this helps me out. I am pregnant with number six, rarely get enough sleep, and our big meal is at lunch time and I often just don’t feel like doing it…..these recipes have made such a difference and my kids and husband LOVE them. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! God Bless!


  3. Karen says

    Made this tonight & it is a keeper! My teenage son loved it! I added in some sliced carrots & onions – delicious! Mine did cook quicker than the 45 min’s, so I’d suggest checking it a little before that. Thanks for a great recipe Laura!


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