Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu

Crockpot Braised Beef Ragu that is an easy menu idea perfect for a dinner party or just a simple and delicious family-friendly meal! If you have a slow cooker and a beef roast, you can make this!

You know how, despite your best efforts, you get stuck in ruts? For me, mealtime planning can become the ruttiest of ruts, and before I realize it, we’ve eaten spaghetti, tacos, or chicken for weeks. The thing is, it’s easy to make dishes I know everyone will eat, and trying new recipes takes foresight, and often, an extra trip to the store.

I ask you, who has time for that?

Despite my best efforts, it appears we’re becoming “busy” people. My seven-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son are active in scouting, and they both play a sport most seasons. My son participates in our town’s gifted program, which is an after-school commitment, once or twice a week. We haven’t crossed into “over-scheduled” yet, but we’ve got something pretty much every night, and for a homebody like me, that’s a lot.

I don’t want to spend my limited time at home with the kids in the kitchen, even though I enjoy cooking.

That’s one of my favorite things about Crock Pot Thursday. I love that my mother-in-law, my three sisters-in-law, and I take turns choosing our weekly recipe, because we get to try new dishes. I love that my slow cooker is doing the heavy lifting of mealtime while I’m at work, or talking to the kids about their day, or shuttling them around town. I love that my husband, who sometimes works late, still gets a hot meal even when he’s eating two hours later than the rest of us.

This Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu is a dish that is right up my family’s alley, but is one I probably wouldn’t have chosen on my own, so big thanks to my husband’s sister, Sarah, for picking this winner. I was able to whip it up before work, even though the browning step took a little longer than I would have liked, and resulted in my showing up to work with a messy ponytail. You can skip that step if you’re pressed for time, but I don’t recommend it. The frying of the meat before slow cooking really adds depth of flavor to the dish. It’s worth the messy ponytail is what I’m saying.

Whenever I make the effort to try new recipes, I’m happy I did. I hope you’ll try this one, and I hope it makes your belly as happy as it did ours!

Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu can be served with pasta, with cornbread, or over polenta. I topped ours with Parmesan cheese and parsley. YUM!

Crockpot Braised Beef Ragu that is an easy menu idea perfect for a dinner party or just a simple and delicious family-friendly meal! If you have a slow cooker and a beef roast, you can make this!

Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu

Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2½ to 3 lbs beef roast (rump or round)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes
  • ½ cup red wine (beef broth can be substituted)
  • 3 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1½ tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, more to taste
  • Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley for serving.
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add beef roast, and brown on all sides.
  3. Place browned roast in slow cooker, and add remaining ingredients with it.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW 8 hours, or until beef shreds easily.
  5. Remove beef to cutting board to shred with two forks, and return shredded meat to slow cooker (or you can shred it right in the pot).
  6. Stir shredded meat into sauce, and add more salt and pepper if necessary.

Feedback

Linda

This was a real hit. When I took out the meat to shred, I used an immersion blender to smooth the ragu. I served it over cornbread the first night, and the leftovers over egg pappardelle noodles. That was really good also, but the corn flavor did add a great extra zest. I thought this was a great way to use a roast in a new and unique way!

Sarah

Our family ate this with cornbread and thought it was delicious! The flavors were great and it was a yummy way to use a roast!

Me

The flavors of this dish were fantastic! I served mine over noodles, but cornbread sounds great.

Recipe modified from Pinch of Yum.

Crockpot Braised Beef Ragu that is an easy menu idea perfect for a dinner party or just a simple and delicious family-friendly meal! If you have a slow cooker and a beef roast, you can make this!

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