Slow cooker beef pasta sauce

    4 hours 50 min

    This is a wonderfully thick and hearty ragu. It's made by popping pan-browned beef mince into a slow cooker with passata, seasonings, milk and cheese. Serve over freshly cooked pasta or use in lasagne.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 120g finely chopped baby carrots
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 450g lean minced beef
    • 250ml full fat milk
    • 800g passata
    • 175g tomato puree
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed chillies
    • 125ml full fat milk
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:4hr30min  ›  Ready in:4hr50min 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook and stir the carrots, onion and garlic until tender, about 10 minutes. Place the minced beef into the frying pan and cook and stir, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until browned. Drain off excess fat from the frying pan and pour in 250ml milk. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the milk is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
    2. Place the beef mixture into a slow cooker and set the cooker to High. Stir in passata, tomato puree, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and crushed chillies and cook for 2 hours. Mix in 125ml milk and Parmesan cheese, stir well and cook for 2 more hours.

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    Hi - this is my recipe and I just wanted to note that I have switched from using 1 lb ground beef to 1 lb "meatloaf mix" (a ground beef/pork blend) and it really enhances the flavor of the sauce. Enjoy!  -  31 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this for the recipe group selection of 8/13/11. I made very few changes: Browned the carrots and onions w/o the garlic, added them to the crockpot. Browned the beef/pork combo, drained the oil, added the milk and simmered until the milk was incorporated. (I felt this was an important step as I've never seen it in any other recipe!) I then added the meat and rest of the ingredients (except the cheese) plus a few shakes of garlic powder to the crockpot. Cooked on low for 7 hours, turned the temperature down to Warm and stirred in the cheese. This was definately worth the prep time. Hubby kept eating the sauce like chili (sans pasta) and asked me to put the rest in the freezer so he wouldn't OD on  -  18 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Wonderful and so easy to make. I have to admit that I took the advice of another reviewer and I browned the hamburger meat, drained off the grease and added it to the slow cooker. Then I added the rest of the ingredients and set the slow cooker on low for 5-6 hours. It was delish!  -  13 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)