Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu With Polenta: delicious and comforting dinner idea. Super easy to make and perfect for the whole family. Perfect for the winter
Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu With Polenta
Welcome to comfort food heaven. This Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu With Polenta assembles in minutes and is delicious, filling and warms up your soul. I took a few strategic shortcuts to bring this classic Italian staple into the 21st century. Perfect for a weeknight meal and also for entertaining large crowds. The crock pot does all the hard work.
I took a few strategic shortcuts to bring this classic Italian staple into the 21st century. Perfect for a weeknight meal and also for entertaining large crowds. The crock pot does all the hard work.
You must think I am crazy making these sort of dishes while it’s 100 degrees out here in Miami. Personally, I love and crave comfort food all year round. The beef is super flavorful and goes great when served with creamy polenta made with Parmesan cheese. Forget about ground beef, shredded slow cooked beef has much more deep flavor and texture. Best of all, this beef ragu can be frozen for future meals.
The beef is super flavorful and goes great when served with creamy polenta made with Parmesan cheese. Forget about ground beef, shredded slow cooked beef has much more deep flavor and texture. Best of all, this beef ragu can be frozen for future meals.
Making Polenta is really easy and only requires 4 ingredients and is ready in minutes. If you’re hosting lots of family events during the Holidays, this Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu is perfect since you can set it on the slow cooker in the morning, go to work and then have it ready for everybody in the evening.
I hope you can try these delicious Crock Pot Braised Beef Ragu With Polenta at home. If you do, please upload a pic on Instagram and tag me @Livingsweetmoments or use the hashtag #LivingSweet. I promise to repost it.
Here’s a little step by step sequence of the process:
- For Beef Ragu
- 3-4 lbs - Beef roast I used bottom round roast
- 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
- 1 Jar prepared pasta sauce
- 2 Cups of Red Wine your favorite kind
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 onion sliced
- 2 carrots peeled and chopped
- Chopped Parsley
- Olive Oil
- For Polenta
- 1/2 cup polenta/cornmeal
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup of water
- Parmesan or Romano Cheese to taste
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Place the onions, garlic, carrots and bay leaf on the bottom of the crock pot. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning
Chop meat in 2-3 pieces. Season with salt and pepper on every side
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Sear the meat until browned on every side
When meat has been seared, remove from heat and add it to the crockpot
Reduce heat to medium and add the wine to the skillet. With a wooden spoon, scrape down the bottom of the pan to released the crunchy meat pieces. Add the tomato Sauce and mix with the wine. When sauce begins bubbling add it on top of the beef in the crock pot
Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours
When time is up, remove the beef from crock pot and shred using 2 forks. Mix with the sauce and veggies
Sprinkle the parsley
In a pot, add the milk, water, cheese and salt. Cook on medium heat
When the liquid starts boiling, whisk in the cornmeal and continue whisking on medium- low heat for a few minutes until it becomes thick and creamy. Check for seasoning and add more cheese if desired
The beef can be frozen for months if desired
This dish can also be served with pasta instead of Polenta
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