Rich Beef Ragu Sauce

This recipe for delicious slow-cooker Rich Beef Ragu Sauce gets its smooth rich flavour from the vinegar and butter that is stirred in at the end.

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Yields8 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time6 hrsTotal Time6 hrs 20 mins

 1 ½ lb (750 g) Lean Ground Beef Sirloin or Round*
 2 onions, finely chopped
 4 cloves garlic, minced
 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
 1 tbsp (15 mL) dried Italian herb seasoning
 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) tomatoes, chopped, with juices
 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
 1 sweet pepper, seeded and finely chopped
 1 cup (250 mL) diced zucchini
 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) pasta sauce
 3 whole cloves
 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter (optional)
 1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar

1

Combine ground beef, onions, garlic, celery and Italian seasoning in large non-stick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, breaking meat into small chunks with back of spoon. Drain, if necessary and transfer to 3-1/2 to 6-quart (3.5 to 6 L) slow cooker. Add tomatoes, carrot, sweet pepper, zucchini, pasta sauce and cloves to slow cooker. Stir to combine.

2

Cook covered, on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours or until hot and bubbling. Discard cloves.

3

Stir in butter (if using) and vinegar. Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve over hot pasta, sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

4

*Other Options: Lean Ground Beef Chuck or Lean Ground Beef

Ingredients

 1 ½ lb (750 g) Lean Ground Beef Sirloin or Round*
 2 onions, finely chopped
 4 cloves garlic, minced
 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
 1 tbsp (15 mL) dried Italian herb seasoning
 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) tomatoes, chopped, with juices
 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
 1 sweet pepper, seeded and finely chopped
 1 cup (250 mL) diced zucchini
 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) pasta sauce
 3 whole cloves
 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter (optional)
 1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar

Directions

1

Combine ground beef, onions, garlic, celery and Italian seasoning in large non-stick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, breaking meat into small chunks with back of spoon. Drain, if necessary and transfer to 3-1/2 to 6-quart (3.5 to 6 L) slow cooker. Add tomatoes, carrot, sweet pepper, zucchini, pasta sauce and cloves to slow cooker. Stir to combine.

2

Cook covered, on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours or until hot and bubbling. Discard cloves.

3

Stir in butter (if using) and vinegar. Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve over hot pasta, sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

4

*Other Options: Lean Ground Beef Chuck or Lean Ground Beef

Rich Beef Ragu Sauce
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