Slow-Cooked Ragù

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Slow-Cooked RagùRecipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr


This meaty sauce is great ladled over any kind of pasta, and leftovers freeze well.

Serves 12 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)


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2 ounces pancetta, chopped
1 pound ground sirloin (90% lean)
12 ounces lean ground pork
1 (4-ounce) hot turkey Italian sausage link, casing removed
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/3 cups diced onion
2/3 cup diced carrot
2/3 cup diced celery
1/4 cup unsalted tomato paste
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf


Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 6 Hours, 30 Minutes

1. Place pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until beginning to brown, stirring occasionally. Add sirloin; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Place sirloin mixture in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add ground pork and sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add pork mixture to slow cooker.

2. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; sauté 4 minutes. Add tomato paste and garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add wine; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until wine mostly evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock, tomatoes, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Carefully pour stock mixture into slow cooker; cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Discard bay leaf. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Created date

October 2013

Nutritional Information

Calories 197
Fat 10.8 g
Satfat 3.8 g
Monofat 4.2 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 16.3 g
Carbohydrate 6.9 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Cholesterol 52 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Sodium 393 mg
Calcium 32 mg