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Healthier Beef Ragu over pappardelle pasta in white bowl

Healthier Beef Ragu

Healthier Beef Ragu is a comforting, make ahead slow cooker dinner with rich Italian flavors and fall-apart tender meat and slow simmered vegetables. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Healthier Beef Ragu
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 343 kcal
Author Sabrina


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil , divided
  • 3 pound top round roast
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 3 medium carrots , chopped
  • 3 stalks celery , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup parsley , chopped
  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Heat a large pot on medium-high heat and add the olive oil.

  2. Season the top round roast with salt and pepper.

  3. Sear the roast for 4-5 minutes on each side then remove from the dutch oven and add to the slow cooker.

  4. Add in the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, dried thyme, dried basil, fennel seeds, crushed red pepper flakes and stir.

  5. Whisk together the wine, beef broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar then pour it gently into the slow cooker.

  6. Add in the parsley and bay leaves and stir well to combine.

  7. Cook on low heat for 8 hours or on high heat for 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Beef Ragu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 789mg33%
Potassium 1238mg35%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 4510IU90%
Vitamin C 18.4mg22%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.