Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

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I've reinvented my marinara sauce into a hearty slow cooker beef ragu. Even my sometimes meat-averse daughter loves this one!
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With the busy holiday season upon us, I thought it would be a great time to come up with a new slow cooker dinner recipe. Oh boy, how I love it when dinner is magically ready at the end of a busy day, thanks to a little prep work that I did earlier in the morning! So, inspired by some recipes I saw when browsing online, I decided to turn my Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from my Fast & Fabulous Cookbook into a (meat-based) ragu Sauce.

I first have to tell you that my 8th grader is not a huge meat person—she could easily survive as a vegetarian. She is not a big fan of dishes like my Slow Cooker Steak Chili, which I love, yet she’d choose Veggie Chili over that any day. And she’s also not too thrilled when I make chicken too many nights in a row. It’s always fun as a parent keeping up with all these different, ever-changing preferences (can you relate?)—not that I always accommodate!

So, I honestly held my breath when she walked over to the slow cooker to see what was for dinner while I was making this new ragu recipe. I was waiting for a complaint and was shocked when she said, “Oh, this looks good!” I actually thought she must be talking about something else next to the slow cooker.  But low and behold, she loved seeing the mix of carrots and celery in the meat sauce, and she said she really liked it when we put a little dollop of ricotta on top of the finished dish. So, I now have a new crowd-pleasing, meaty dinner to add to my slow cooker arsenal. I’ll for sure be making this one again and again!  You will also love this family-favorite Pot Roast in a Dutch Oven!

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu from 100 Days of Real Food

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  1. Is there any other cut of beef that will work besides flank steak? I have quite a store of beef in my freezer that I’d like to use up before I purchase any more.

    1. Make sure you shred it into thinner pieces for this recipe and when possible, a good quality, organic piece is best. – Nicole

  2. Do you cut the meat before cooking or is it easy to shred at the end? It looks so delicious! I think it might be friday’s dinner.

  3. Lindsay Untherbergus

    Your daughter sounds like such a healthy eater! How did you do that? :) I’ll definitely be trying this recipe, I love that it has very few ingredients!