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slow-cooker italian beef brisket ragù

slow-cooker italian beef brisket ragù

i love ragù and i love slow-cooking. last sunday we woke up to dark and cloudy weather, so i decided it would be a perfect day to put on a slow-cooker ragù before heading out for the day. we arrived home to the most amazing smelling, tender beef ragù that had been slowly bubbling away. i made some creamy polenta to have it with and we continued chefs table season 3 (does anyone else cry during every episode? or just me?)

like a lot of what i cook, i make a big batch so it's dinners or lunches sorted for the next few days. i use brisket for this particular ragù but chuck also works really well. it's more important to get good quality meat from a trusted butcher/source. i also like adding italian pork sausage meat for just that little bit more of a flavour punch.

INGREDIENTS (6-8 serves)

  • 1 kg organic grass fed beef brisket
  • 2 good quality italian pork sausages, skin removed
  • olive oil
  • 1 white onion
  • 5 cloves crushes garlic
  • 2 sticks of celery finely chopped
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 2 cans tomatoes (i like to use mutti)
  • 5 anchovies (optional)
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 8 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • freshly grated parmesan

METHOD

1 /   in a fry pan saute garlic, onion, carrot and celery in olive oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes until soft, then add them into slow-cooker

2 /   add beef and pork sausage in a fry pan with olive oil, salt and pepper (i normally do this in two batches) for a couple of minutes on each side for the beef and breaking up the sausage meat. then add meat, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, stock cubes,  thyme, anchovies and more salt and pepper into slow-cooker and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours

3 /   once cooked, shred the beef and stir through a big bunch of fresh basil

serve with pappardelle, polenta (what we had), mashed potato or zucchini spaghetti and freshly grated parmesan

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dérrive recipe - slow cooker italian beef brisket ragù www.derrive.com #slowcooker #ragu #italian #pasta #easycooking #foodblog #brisket
dérrive recipe - slow cooker italian beef brisket ragù www.derrive.com #slowcooker #ragu #italian #pasta #easycooking #foodblog #brisket
dérrive recipe - slow cooker italian beef brisket ragù www.derrive.com #slowcooker #ragu #italian #pasta #easycooking #foodblog #brisket
dérrive recipe - slow cooker italian beef brisket ragù www.derrive.com #slowcooker #ragu #italian #pasta #easycooking #foodblog #brisket

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dérrive recipe - slow cooker italian beef brisket ragù www.derrive.com #slowcooker #ragu #italian #pasta #easycooking #foodblog #brisket
dérrive recipe - slow cooker italian beef brisket ragù www.derrive.com #slowcooker #ragu #italian #pasta #easycooking #foodblog #brisket
dérrive recipe - slow cooker italian beef brisket ragù www.derrive.com #slowcooker #ragu #italian #pasta #easycooking #foodblog #brisket
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