Slow Cooker Ragu

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  • My Slow Cooker Ragu is a hearty, vegetable packed sauce that is perfect for any pasta you like.

    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly!

    Ragu isn’t necessarily a tomato based “spaghetti sauce,”  although it does contain tomatoes.  Technically it is the Italian term for any meat-based sauce simmered with vegetables and liquids, only excluding Alfredo, scampi, carbonara and other cream and cheese based sauces.

    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

    In the case of Slow Cooker Ragu,  I am simmering pork in red wine and/or tomato broth with carrots, celery, onion, garlic and “super green”, kale.  You can use a non-alcoholic cooking wine, omit the wine all together or use your favorite drinking red wine.

    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

    Choose a wine you like, the sauce will carry the notes- woody to woody, sweet to sweet.  The cooking process will dissolve any alcohol, however if you prefer use an alcohol free, generic red cooking wine from the grocery store, please do, but go a little heavier on the spices to not lose too much flavor.

    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

    Another reason to love tasty Slow Cooker Ragu is that is freezes beautifully.  This batch will feed up to 8 normal people (only 6 if it is my husband and his friends.)  Make a large batch and freeze half for another night.

    It does not have to be served with gnocchi, however  I prefer the doughy  potato texture with a rich and savory sauce.  Don’t eat pork?  Substitute beef or chicken.

    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com
    Slow Cooker Ragu
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    4 hrs
    Total Time
    4 hrs 15 mins
     
    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. 
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 345 kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    Ingredients
    • 1 large white onion halved and sliced
    • 6 garlic cloves chopped
    • 1/2 cup celery chopped
    • 1/2 cup carrots chopped
    • 2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
    • 2 14- ounce cans petite diced tomatoes
    • 1 12- ounce can tomato paste
    • 1/2 cup red cooking wine
    • 3 small bay leaves
    • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • 3-4 pork boneless pork roast excess fat trimmed
    • 5 inch ribs kale leaves removed and roughly torn into 3-4pieces
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons corn starch if needed
    • Pasta of choice cooked to package directions
    Instructions
    1. Place onion through black pepper in your slow cooker, mix with a spoon. Place roast in slow cooker, smear the top of the roast with mixture. Set slow cooker for low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
    2. Thirty minutes prior to serving, skim off any excess fat that has risen to the top and remove roast. Shred roast using two large forks. Return meat to the slow cooker and add unsalted butter and kale. If your sauce requires additional thickening, you can combine 2 tablespoons corn starch in 2 tablespoons of water, whisking out any lumps, and then stir into sauce.
    3. Prepare desired pasta. Top pasta with Slow Cooker Ragu and enjoy!
    Recipe Notes

    Buying vegetables pre-chopped is a huge time saver.

    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Ragu
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 345 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Cholesterol 118mg 39%
    Sodium 757mg 32%
    Potassium 1313mg 38%
    Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 8g
    Protein 41g 82%
    Vitamin A 47.2%
    Vitamin C 23.1%
    Calcium 6.8%
    Iron 18.4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Slow Cooker Ragu uses a blend of 7 vegetables with shredded pork and flavorful spices to make a hearty and delicious ragu sauce. Serve over pasta. Also freezer friendly! #slowcookerragu #slowcookerrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com

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