Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Recipe

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Recipe

How To Make Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

By slowly cooking the beef ragu, it lets the flavors intensify, giving the meat a succulent and rich taste to perfectly pair it with pasta.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 15 minutes



  • 1tspolive oil
  • 6clovesgarlicsmashed slightly
  • 1 ½lbsflank steakcut against the grain into 4 pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly-ground black pepper
  • 28ozcrushed tomatoes
  • ¼cupbeef stock
  • 1carrotfinely chopped
  • 2bay leaves
  • 2sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 16ozpappardelle pasta(or any kind of pasta will do)
  • ½cupfreshly-grated Parmesan cheesefor serving
  • ½cuppart-skim ricotta cheesefor serving (optional)
  • chopped fresh parsleyfor garnish


  1. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until golden and lightly browned, about 2 minutes.

  2. Season the beef with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer to a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker.  Pour the tomatoes and broth over the beef and add the garlic, carrots, bay leaves and thyme.

  3. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours, or on low for 8 to 10 hours.  Discard the herbs and shred the beef in the pot using two forks.

  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

  5. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain, return to the pot, and add the sauce from the slow cooker. Increase the heat to high and cook, stirring, until the pasta and sauce are combined, about 1 minute.

  6. Divide among 8 pasta bowls and top each with 1 tablespoon Parmesan and (optional) 1 tablespoon ricotta.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot.


  • Calories: 2062.86kcal
  • Fat: 110.39g
  • Saturated Fat: 61.03g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 36.22g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.90g
  • Carbohydrates: 69.76g
  • Fiber: 5.47g
  • Sugar: 9.55g
  • Protein: 192.12g
  • Cholesterol: 536.04mg
  • Sodium: 3176.17mg
  • Calcium: 2506.30mg
  • Potassium: 2913.82mg
  • Iron: 13.27mg
  • Vitamin A: 736.22µg
  • Vitamin C: 28.28mg
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