Hearty Meat Ragu


2 lb boneless stewing beef, cut into 1 in cubes
2 tbl olive oil
1 lg onion, finely chopped
1 med carrot, finely chopped
1 med celery rib with leaves, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 c dry red wine
28 oz can crushed tomatoes in juice
28 oz can crushed tomatoes in puree
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
pasta for serving


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat in batches and brown on all sides, being careful not to crowd the pan. With a slotted spoon, transfer to crockpot.

Pour off all but 2 tbl fat from the pan or add more if needed. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables soften, about 5 min. Add wine and bring to a boil, stirring to release the browned bits in the skillet. Pour into crock pot. Add the tomatoes and spices.

Cover and turn on to low setting. Cook without removing lid for 6 to 7 hours until meat is tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve over pasta.

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