Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Published on April 17, 2016 By Lauren

Beef Ragu

When the venerable chuck roast meets Italian food, you get this Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Sauce. If you've been following this website for any length of time, you might know my love affair with the chuck roast. It's the most flavorful cut of beef, and perfect for the slow cooker. And I also LOVE Italian food, so this sauce is something I should have made long ago.

This will make your entire house smell AMAZING all day while it cooks. But don't cheat and serve it early! You've really got to let this one cook on low for at least 8 hours. The meat fibers in the chuck roast will slowly break down as this tough cut of meat becomes tender, melt-in-your-mouth bites of delicious beef mixed in a rich and robust tomato sauce.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu
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  • 2 lb. chuck roast
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/3 cup diced carrot (about 1/2 medium)
  • 2/3 cup diced celery (1 stalk)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic
  • 2 beef bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste (half 6 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Shred meat (it should fall apart at this point) and serve over pasta.

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  • I made this a few weeks ago and froze it for when we had the baby. SOOOOOOO good! I will DEFINITELY be making this again. The only modifications I will be making are adding extra tomato paste because I like thicker sauce and aging mushrooms.

  • It’s COLD in MN this morning so I want to put a beef roast in my slow cooker & use Ragu for the sauce (gluten free plus probably a bit of hot green chili) Any suggestions?

  • I realize this is an old recipe but I came across it and have a question if you could still help. What if we don’t want to use wine in the recipe? Substitute for water? Just skip it?

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