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4.84 from 6 votes

Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu

Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu is incredibly easy to make yet tastes like a gourmet meal. This short rib ragu is sure to impress your dinner guests.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Keyword: short rib ragu, slow cooker pasta, slow cooker ragu
Servings: 8
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Kim Beaulieu


  • 3 lbs boneless short ribs
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large vidalia onion, diced
  • 2 large shallots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz San Marzano tomatoes (canned)
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp parsley for garnish
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • If searing meat, do so in a very hot pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Sear over high heat until all sides are browned. Working in small batches and transfer to a plate as you cook each piece. Scrape bits off pan by adding a little water to pan and cooking over high heat, scraping the bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Pour over meat. Set aside. 
  • Add carrots, celery, Vidalia onion, shallots and garlic to slow cooker. 
  • Place meat in slow cooker. 
  • Add San Marzano tomatoes, beef stock and tomato paste to slow cooker. Use wooden spoon to make sure everything is evenly spread out. 
  • Add oregano, basil, salt, pepper and bay leaves to slow cooker. 
  • Place lid on slow cooker. 
  • Plug slow cooker in and turn on low setting. Cook for approximately 7 to 8 hours, depending on your slow cooker. 
  • Stir everything really well. If there is too much liquid you can drain some off. You can also add more tomato paste and cook for another 30- 60 minutes to thicken if you prefer a thicker sauce. 
  • Serve over cooked noodles or mashed potatoes. 
  • Garnish with parsley, if desired then add LOTS of freshly grated parmesan cheese. 
  • Serve with a pasta loving smile!


Nutritional information is a rough estimate. Results can vary depending on ingredients and products. 
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Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 1124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3340IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 6.1mg