Provence Style Beef Ragout

Servings 4 servings


  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck roast trimmed of excess fat
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 4 slices bacon roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 2 medium stalks celery chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme left whole
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth or use homemade
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms sliced


  • Season beef with salt and pepper then sprinkle with flour; set aside.
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chopped bacon; cook until golden then remove from pan and set aside.
  • From the same skillet, remove some of the bacon fat and replace it with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add onion, carrots and celery; lightly season with salt and pepper then cook until tender. Add garlic; cook for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer skillet contents to a slow cooker. Stir in tomato paste, wine and broth; blend well. Add seasoned and floured beef.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 8 hours or on LOW for 10 hours. 20 minutes before serving, add the mushrooms.
  • Remove the beef from the slow cooker to a cutting board; shred with 2 forks then return to the slow cooker and blend with juices. Taste for seasoning before serving


LC SERVING SUGGESTION: Steamed green beans and Faux-Tay-Toes (steam cauliflower till tender; drain; mash with butter, cream cheese and salt and pepper to taste till you get a mashed potatoes texture).. SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve mashed russet potatoes instead of Faux-Tay-Toes. KOSHER: Make sure beef and beef broth are certified kosher. Use turkey bacon, or skip. GLUTEN FREE: Use gluten free flour and make sure bacon, wine, tomato paste and broth are gluten free. NUTRITION: per serving: 1040 Calories; 65g Fat; 70g Protein; 22g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 202mg Cholesterol; 533mg
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