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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

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Ragu is a perfect slow cooker recipe because it just gets better the longer you cook it. All the flavors have the chance to meld together and create a dish that is much more than the sum of its parts. Slow Cooker Beef Ragu is an easy yet impressive meal that takes almost no effort to make!

slow cooker beef ragu

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

  • Chuck roast: I like to use chuck roast for this sauce as it has the perfect texture and flavor! If your chuck roast is very fatty, you can cut off the excess fat. A little fat is great, but a lot can get kind of yucky.
  • Yellow onion, carrots, and celery: Vegetables make the base of this sauce.
  • Canned crushed tomatoes and tomato paste: Tomatoes are a dominant flavor in ragu, so buy your favorite brand.
  • Beef broth: Beef broth adds a richness that chicken broth just can’t match! But if all you have is chicken broth, that’s okay too.
  • Salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and minced garlic: Because a sauce needs seasonings.
  • Brown sugar: A touch of brown sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and the richness of the beef.
  • Cooked egg noodles, pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes: I like to use these Amish egg noodles, but serve this sauce with whatever carb you love the most.

How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Making this recipe is so simple, but the end result tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen.

Prepare your chuck roast by cutting off the fat and chopping it into large chunks. It doesn’t matter too much how big the chunks are because they’ll be falling apart by the time you’re ready to eat!

Dice all the veggies and add them to the slow cooker, along with the tomatoes, tomato paste, seasonings, garlic, broth, and brown sugar. Stir it all together and add the roast. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.

This is my favorite slow cooker. It’s affordable, reliable, and easy to use. I love that the lid seals so there are no accidental spills.

Once the time is up, remove the roast pieces and put them on a plate. Cut off any excess fat pieces and shred the meat. It should be fall-apart tender. Add the shredded roast back to the slow cooker and stir everything together. Serve over cooked egg noodles, pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes and enjoy! You will want to be making this again.

slow cooker beef ragu

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: Dinner, MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4-5

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

7-8

hours

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu is an easy yet impressive meal that takes little effort to make! Throw it in the slow cooker and let it cook all day.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb 3 chuck roast

  • 1 1 yellow onion

  • 2 large 2 carrots

  • 2 2 ribs celery

  • 1 tbsp 1 minced garlic

  • 28 oz 28 can crushed tomatoes

  • 6 oz 6 tomato paste

  • 2 3/4 cup 2 3/4 beef broth

  • 1 tbsp 1 salt

  • 1 tsp 1 pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 dried thyme

  • 1 tsp 1 dried oregano

  • 1 tbsp 1 brown sugar

  • Cooked egg noodles, pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes, for serving

Directions

  • Cut the chuck roast into large chunks and trim any large pieces of fat. Set roast to the side. Grease a large slow cooker. Dice onion, carrots, and celery. Add the vegetables, seasonings, canned tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, beef broth, seasonings, and brown sugar to the slow cooker. Stir everything together and add the roast. Stir well. Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
  • Remove the roast pieces and put them on a plate. Remove the fat pieces and shred the roast up. Add the shredded roast back to the slow cooker and stir. Serve over cooked egg noodles, pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

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