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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu in a white bowl with a fork

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

This Easy Beef Ragu only takes 15 minutes to prep, making it perfect for a weeknight meal. The beef cooks in a slow cooker with sauce, then served over pasta and topped with parmesan cheese. It’s a great quick and easy dinner recipe for winter!

  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1.25-1.75 pounds chuck roast- trim off any excess fat and remove the bone if there is one
  • 30 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, I like a little spice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8.8 oz of pappardelle pasta
  • Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)


  1. Add chuck roast, tomato sauce, garlic cloves, bay leaves, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, and pepper into the crockpot and cover.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 
  3. Cook pasta as directed on packaging.
  4. Remove bay leaves from the crockpot and shred the beef. Salt the sauce to taste. 
  5. Divide among 4 bowls and top with Ragu sauce and parmesan cheese, if you choose to use it.


If you can’t find pappardelle, you can use gemelli, penne, fettuccine, or if all else fails, you can order the noodles at your grocery store on amazon.

  • Author: Megan
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 Hours


  • Serving Size: 4 Serving
  • Calories: 570
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 53g
  • Protein: 51g

Keywords: Slow Cooker Beef Ragu, Slow Cooker, Ragu, Pasta, Crock Pot