The ragu sauce in this Crock-Pot Beef Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta is simmered away in the slow cooker all day for a rich meaty sauce that is perfect for dinner any night of the week!
Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle
This recipe was sent to us by reader Kimberly C. and let me tell you, when I first had this recipe come though my email I was so excited to give it a try.
I love a good beefy ragu sauce and pappardelle pasta is perfect pasta to pair with it.
The sauce is pretty easy to make, although there is a little browning of the meat first before it goes in the slow cooker. Don’t skip this part because browning the meat really adds a depth of flavor.
Trust me, I tried it both ways to compare and I found the batch where I browned the meat was far superior to the batch that I didn’t brown the meat.
Once the browning is out of the way the rest is simple, dice up some carrots and onion, mince some garlic and toss everything else in the slow cooker and let it simmer away for a good 8 hours or so (it can go longer if you are at work).
Then cook up the pasta on the stove-top, drain off the water and serve the ragu sauce over the pasta.
Some freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top and you have a fantastic dinner for the family!
Equipment Needed For Crock-Pot Beef Ragu with Pappardelle Recipe:
- 5 Quart, 5.5 Quart, 6 Quart, 6.5 Quart Or 7 Quart Slow Cooker
- Large Skillet
- Cutting Board
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Dry Measuring Cup And Spoons
- Large Pasta Pot With Strainer
What Is The Best Cut Of Beef To Use In This Recipe?
The recipe as written uses beef flank steak, which is generally the least expensive steak you can buy. The flank steak will tenderize as it braises in the tomato based sauce. If you cannot find flank steak you can also use a beef flat iron steak or skirt steak.
Can I Make The Sauce Ahead Of Time?
Absolutely, feel free to make up the sauce a day or two ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. You can either heat it up back in the slow cooker for a few hours or on the stove-top in a pan over medium-low heat until the sauce is heated through and starting to simmer.
Can I Freeze The Ragu Sauce To Use Later?
This sauce freezes beautifully. Feel free to make up a batch and once done, pop it into freezer containers for up to 6 months. When you are ready to use it, thaw the containers overnight in the refrigerator and heat the sauce up.
Can I Double This Recipe?
If you have a 6 quart or larger slow cooker, this recipe is easily doubled. In fact if you have the extra ingredients to double it I suggest doing that and serving half for dinner the day you make it and the other half stored away in the freezer for another meal.
Can I Serve The Ragu Sauce Over Other Types Of Pasta?
This beef ragu sauce pairs well with other pasta types and shapes. You can use tagliatelle, fettuccine, shells (conchiglie), penne, or rigatoni pasta all will work well with this thick meaty sauce.
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