Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

Savory Simmered Beef Ragu

Slow-Cooked Beef Ragu

This slow-cooked beef ragu is a hearty and comforting dish that is perfect for a cold winter night. The beef is cooked low and slow in a rich tomato sauce, resulting in a tender and flavorful meal. Serve over your favorite pasta or polenta for a delicious and satisfying dinner.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Drain off any excess fat.
  3. Add the oregano, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Add the crushed tomatoes and beef broth and stir to combine.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the beef is tender.
  6. Stir in the parsley and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  7. Serve over your favorite pasta or polenta.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 463 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Protein: 33 g
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 103 mg
  • Sodium: 845 mg
  • Potassium: 845 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Vitamin A: 545 IU
  • Vitamin C: 11 mg
  • Calcium: 79 mg
  • Iron: 4 mg

Additional Tips and Variations:

For a vegetarian version, substitute the ground beef with crumbled tofu or cooked lentils. You can also add other vegetables such as mushrooms, bell peppers, or zucchini. For a spicier version, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.

This slow-cooked beef ragu is a delicious and comforting meal that is sure to please the whole family. Serve over your favorite pasta or polenta for a hearty and satisfying dinner. Enjoy!