Slow Cooked Beef Ragu with Parmesan Polenta


Do you have a slow cooker?  Do you love it?  I don’t use it much, if at all, in summer but bring on the cooler weather and it’s a regular fixture on the kitchen bench.  Don’t worry if you don’t have one for this recipe it can be done in the oven too.  It’s a very slow but super easy, delicious meal. Slow Cooked Beef Ragu, winter warming goodness in one pot.

I made it with Parmesan Polenta the first time round but the girls had the left overs on pasta the following night – it made a lot just for the 3 of us so we will be eating it for days, (on jacket sweet potatoes next I think). This is a great one to throw in the slow cooker in the morning, be out all day and have dinner ready and waiting for when you get home. If you don’t have a slow cooker you could try it in the oven at 110 C for 7 – 8 hours. I had it on low in the slow cooker for 9 hours as I was out but you could do it on high for 6. So many options depending what your day is like.

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu with Parmesan Polenta


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1. 3 - 1. 5 kg beef blade roast
  • 1 brown onion, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 400 g tins diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 2 carrots, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/2 C red wine (enjoy the rest with dinner)
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 - 3 bay leaves
  • good grind of sea salt and cracked pepper
  • 1 C (handful) of green beans, topped & tailed
  • For the Polenta
  • 6 C water
  • big pinch salt
  • 1 1/4 C polenta
  • 1/2 C finely grated parmesan
  • 3 Tbsp butter


  1. Put the oil in the slow cooker and top with the meat
  2. Add all the other ingredients except the beans stir the around and then cover and cook for 8 - 9 hours on low.
  3. It will be ready when the meat falls apart when pulled with 2 forks. Shred the meat with the forks and stir through. Turn the slow cooker to Keep Warm if you have it and add the beans and mix through, if you don't have that function just turn it off - it will stay warm anyway and cook the beans.
  4. For the polenta
  5. Boil the kettle and add the water to a saucepan, add salt and then add the polenta whisking all the time. When all mixed in and starting to absorb the water add the parmesan and keep whisking, add the butter stir through and then serve into bowls immediately.
  6. Top with the ragu and enjoy a hearty winters meal.

Any slow cooker favourites of yours to share?


13 comments on “Slow Cooked Beef Ragu with Parmesan Polenta

  1. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    July 27, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I’ve been meaning to get a slow cooker for ages but just haven’t got there yet! I love the look of this recipe and you are making me want to go and buy one now!

    • Vicki
      July 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Do it, you won’t regret it!

  2. Kim @ Land of Zonkt
    July 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Oh hun, my slowcooker gets a work out every 2nd day.
    During summer it gets a work out at least once a week and thats thanks to some really awesome recipes that are great for summer. It stops you heating up the house with the oven. Really worth there wait in gold in my opinion.

    PS you had me at Ragu… and Polenta… LOVE polenta with crap loads of sauce!!!!

    • Vicki
      July 28, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      I will have to check out your summer recipes sound interesting.

  3. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    July 31, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! Have a great weekend lovely xxx

  4. Dhanya
    July 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    That is just warmth and comfort in a bowl! Just what I needed to see……

    • Vicki
      July 10, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Happy to oblige x

  5. jayne
    July 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I am loving slow cooker recipes for winter! this looks wonderful and simple and no browning the meat! I wonder whether it makes any difference if you do that or not? I am playing around with a slow cooker lamb recipe at the moment

    • Vicki
      July 10, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      I always take the easy option with cooking so skip browning where possible, this is really yummy without the browning so I’m not sure if it would enhance it or not. I look forward to seeing your lamb recipe soon!

  6. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    July 10, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Perfect winter warming food – love polenta too. Sooooo easy!

    • Vicki
      July 10, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      I love polenta too, especially polenta chips!

  7. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    July 11, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I’m a bit obsessed with my slow cooker right now so consider this pinned! Yumbo!

    • Vicki
      July 12, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks lovely lady x

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