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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu ***

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Sauce

  • Cooking Time:

    6–8 hours on LOW
  • Servings:



3 T. Unsalted Butter
Finely Diced Mirepoix (made from 2 onions and 1 ea. of carrot & celery)
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 1/2 lbs. Ground Beef (I like 85% lean)
1/4 lb. Pancetta or Bacon, chopped into pieces
1/2 c. Milk
4 T. Italian Seasoning
2 Bay Leaves
1 T. Sugar
14 oz. can, Diced Tomatoes
28 oz. can, Crushed Tomatoes
14.5 oz. can, Beef Broth
1/4 c. Water
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 c. Grated Parmesan Cheese

It’s true — I am a pas­ta fanat­ic! But noth­ing makes pas­ta bet­ter than home­made sauce — espe­cial­ly this Slow Cook­er Beef Ragu. This Beef Ragu is derived from a fam­i­ly recipe that I tweaked to make it slow cook­er friend­ly. Use this to com­pli­ment your favorite pas­ta or even as a meat sauce in lasagna. The left­overs (if there are any) freeze well too!


  1. Place but­ter in a large stock­pot over medi­um heat.
  2. Add mire­poix and gar­lic, stir­ring until onion is translu­cent. (It should NOT brown. If it starts to, reduce the heat!)
  3. Add pancetta or bacon and cook for about 5 min­utes.
  4. Add beef, salt & pep­per and cook until almost all the pink is out.
  5. Drain fat (Note: don’t put it down the sink drain! I pour mine in a can then throw it in the trash after it hard­ens)
  6. Pour milk over meat mix­ture in the stock­pot and cook for 10 more min­utes.
  7. Trans­fer ingre­di­ents in stock­pot to a 5-Quart or larg­er slow cook­er.
  8. Add ital­ian sea­son­ing, bay leaves, sug­ar and more salt & pep­per and mix well.
  9. Pour in diced toma­toes, crushed toma­toes, beef broth and water.
  10. Stir well to com­bine.
  11. Cov­er and Crock on LOW for 6–8 Hours. If you’re home, stir the sauce every once in awhile, but it’s okay to let is sit too! (or use a Crock-Pot® Pro­gram­ma­ble Slow Cook­er with iStir™ which will stir for you!)
  12. Mix in the parme­san cheese right before serv­ing (and sprin­kle more on top, if desired)
  13. To serve, spoon 1 cup of sauce on a plate and top with your favorite pas­ta.

Hap­py Crock­ing!

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Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a weekly "Mom Monday" segment on ABC-15 in Phoenix. Jenn is the founder of GetCrocked, the #1 resource for slow cooking with over 1.5 million online followers. She innovates recipes daily with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

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Meet Jenn Bare

Jenn is the founder of Get­Crocked, the #1 resource for slow cook­ing with over 1.5 mil­lion online fol­low­ers. She inno­vates recipes dai­ly with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cook­er.

She innovates recipes daily…

Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a week­ly “Mom Mon­day” seg­ment on ABC-15 in Phoenix.

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