Beef and Carrot Ragu


Choose the red wine option in this slow cooker recipe for even more rich, deep flavor.

Beef and Carrot Ragu
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 - 1 ½ pound boneless beef short ribs

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 10 cloves garlic

  • 8 ounce pkg. peeled fresh baby carrots, chopped

  • 1 pound Roma tomatoes, chopped

  • ½ 6 ounce can tomato paste with basil, garlic, and oregano

  • ½ cup water or red wine

  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)


  1. Trim excess fat from rib meat. Cut beef in chunks, then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place beef in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker.

  2. Smash garlic clove with the flat side of a chef's knife or meat mallet. Separate and discard garlic skins. Place smashed garlic on beef. Add carrots and tomatoes to slow cooker.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together tomato paste and water or wine. Poor over meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

  4. Stir well before serving. Top servings with basil leaves.

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker. Once the food is out of your slow cooker liner, simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

509 Calories
42g Fat
15g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 509
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 568mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 21.3mg 107%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 3.2mg 18%
Potassium 698mg 15%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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