Slow Cooked Beef Ragu

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This slow cooker beef ragu recipe has a ton of flavor with only a few, simple ingredients, it’s easy to toss in a crockpot in just a few minutes, it’s gluten free and delicious served with polenta or pappardelle pasta!

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu over Pappardelle Pasta with Parmesan Cheese

I’ve been quite excited to make this beef ragu recipe for some time now and last week it finally happened!

And O-M-G was it worth the wait! Literally top 5 recipes I’ve ever made (and that’s saying a lot since there are over 1100 recipes on the blog!)

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu with Grated Parmesan Cheese over pasta

This dish was originally inspired by one of my favorite dishes at one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego, the slow cooked ragu on mascarpone polenta at Davanti Little Italy.

I’ve had this dish there a hundred times… ok maybe I’m exaggerating, but definitely somewhere close to that! 😉

Crock Pot Beef Ragu over pasta

The flavor of slow cooked meat in a delicious tomato and red wine sauce, I mean, come on, what’s not to love?!

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu over pasta with parmesan cheese

The next best thing to the sheer amazingness of the taste of this beef ragu is that it’s so easy to make!

Five minutes of prep, like for real 5 minutes of prep, not like 5 minutes of prep if you pretend you’re on the show Chopped and are running around your kitchen like a chicken with your head cut off.

The most difficult thing about this beef ragu recipe is opening the can of tomatoes! (Seriously, why have I not upgraded to an electrical can opener at this point in my life?) And if you have an electrical can opener, then there is truly nothing difficult about this recipe whatsoever!

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu

The slow cooker legitimately does all of the work in this recipe. Thank you to my crock pot, you’re my favorite kitchen appliance – just don’t tell the food processor or toaster! 😉

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu Ingredients

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Ingredients

  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 lb beef chuck roast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes (or 2 cups fresh tomatoes – chopped)
  • 12 ounces pappardelle pasta or cheesy polenta (←click link for homemade recipe)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese (grated)

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Instructions

Add the onion and garlic cloves to the bottom of a slow cooker set to high. Sprinkle the fresh rosemary over the top.

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Recipe

Season the beef with the salt and pepper, then add to the slow cooker.

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu Recipe

In a medium bowl, combine the beef broth, red wine and tomato paste. Pour the mixture over the beef.

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu Recipe

Add the can of diced tomatoes to the crock pot.

Beef Ragu Recipe in Crock Pot

Cook on high for 6-8 hours.

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu on pasta with parmesan cheese and fresh rosemary

Reach a fork into the crock pot and the beef pulls right apart!

Serve it on top of creamy cheesy polenta or tossed with pappardelle pasta. Use a ladle to pour the sauce from the crock pot over the beef and polenta or pasta.

Top with fresh grated parmesan cheese.

Beef Ragu Recipe with pappardelle pasta and freshly grated parmesan cheese

Ser-i-ous-ly …O-M-G!

I could did eat this for every meal, every day, for a week straight!

The tender, flavorful beef just melts in your mouth. I tried it on polenta, with pasta and even on eggs, all three total winners!

I’m pretty much convinced that you could put this ragu on a stale cracker and the cracker would magically turn into the most delicious cracker in all of the world.

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu with pasta on plate

I was at a big Italian family dinner last night, hosted by my favorite New York Italian family, the Morabitos and I showed Poppa Ron these photos, his response, “aww nice Italian girl.” Haha!

Yes, nice Italian girls make really delicious ragus!

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu over pasta with fresh rosemary

Now I want some of his sons amazing sausage bread to go with this ragu. That would basically be like the best thing that ever happened to the world. Let’s make this happen Ron!

Beef Ragu Recipe with pasta

For more delicious ragu recipes, be sure to check out this Slow Cooker Chicken Ragu, Instant Pot Beef Ragu and Slow Cooker Mushroom Ragu.

You should also try this Beef Ragu Lasagna I made with this beef ragu recipe. It’s hands down the best beef lasagna recipe ever!

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu Recipe

Don’t forget to pin this Beef Ragu for later and when you make it, be sure to share a pic on Instagram and tag me @WhitneyBond or use the hashtag #WBRecipes!

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu
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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

This slow cooker beef ragu recipe has a ton of flavor with only a few, simple ingredients, it's easy to toss in a crockpot in just a few minutes, it's gluten free and delicious served with polenta or pappardelle pasta.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 366 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 2 lb beef chuck roast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated

For Serving

Instructions

  1. Add the onion and garlic cloves to the bottom of a slow cooker set to high.
  2. Sprinkle the fresh rosemary over the top.
  3. Season the beef with the salt and pepper, then add to the slow cooker.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the beef broth, red wine and tomato paste.
  5. Pour the mixture over the beef.
  6. Add the can of diced tomatoes to the crock pot.
  7. Cook on high for 6-8 hours.
  8. Reach two forks into the crock pot and shred the beef.

  9. Serve the beef on top of creamy polenta or tossed with papparadelle pasta.

  10. Use a ladle to pour the sauce from the crock pot over the beef and polenta or pasta.
  11. Top with fresh grated parmesan cheese.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

The calorie information provided does not include the polenta or pappardelle pasta.

Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free when served over polenta or with gluten free pasta. (Always make sure the beef broth used is gluten free.)

Click here for an Instant Pot version of this recipe.

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