Slow Cooker Ragu with Pasta

prep time

10 minutes

cook time

6 hours

servings

8
Here’s a really simple meal to create that is kid friendly as well. It has ground beef, pasta, tons of flavor, cheese and spinach.

ingredients

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large carrot, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 (14.5 ounce) cans Tuttorosso® Stewed Tomatoes Basil, Garlic & Oregano, or 1 (28 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Diced Tomatoes
1 (28 ounce) can Tuttorosso® Crushed Tomatoes with basil
1 tablespoon Tuttorosso® Tomato Paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 beef bouillon cubes, crumbled
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 (16 ounce) box penne pasta, or pasta of choice, cooked and drained
1 cup red wine
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 cups fresh baby spinach

instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown beef until cooked; drain any fat. Remove beef from skillet and sauté onions and garlic until onions are translucent.
  • Transfer onions and beef to a slow cooker and pour in stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, seasonings, sugar and beef bouillon cubes. Stir to mix well and season with salt and black pepper. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Add pasta, red wine and cheeses; stir to combine. Cook on high for 30 minutes to melt the cheese. Mix in the spinach and stir to combine. Cook an additional 5 minutes to wilt the spinach. Serve warm.

nutrition

  • Calories:
    410
    |
  • Fats:
    12.0
    g
    |
  • Trans Fats:
    0
    g
    |
  • Cholesterol:
    75
    mg
    |
  • Sodium:
    1330
    mg
    |
  • Carbohydrate:
    37
    g
    |
  • Fiber:
    5
    g
    |
  • Protein:
    34
    g
    |
  • Vitamin A:
    80
    %
    |
  • Vitamin C:
    70
    %
    |
  • Calcium:
    40
    %
    |
  • Iron:
    25
    %

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