Slow Cooker Sausage Ragu
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours in slow cooker
A lovely homemade, veggie filled sauce made from ground Italian sausage and yummy Italian herbs. Serve this over pasta or potatoes, along with your favorite side salad or veggies. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground Italian sausage
  • 1 - 28 oz. can(s) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 - cup(s) sliced green olives
  • 1 - cup(s) beef stock
  • 2 - whole carrots
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp minced garlic
  • 1 - tsp dried oregano
  • 1 - tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 - Tbsp heavy cream**
  • Garnish: - shredded Parmesan cheese**
  • Side: - pasta**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Peel and shred the carrots.
  2. Brown the ground sausage in a skillet. Drain well.
  3. Place the browned ground sausage into the base of the slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Pour the crushed tomatoes, sliced green olives, beef stock, shredded carrots, minced onion, minced garlic, oregano, rosemary and gently stir to combine.
  4. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours. Once finished cooking, stir in the heavy cream. Garnish sauce with shredded Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cook the pasta, as directed.
  6. Prepare the salad.
  7. Serve Slow Cooker Sausage Ragu over pasta with side salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground Italian sausage. Drain well and cool before adding to freezer baggie.
  2. Peel and shred 4 whole carrots.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the browned ground Italian sausage
  • 1 - 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • Half of the shredded carrots
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the slow cooker and cooking on low for 8 hours. Stir in the heavy cream at the end of cooking.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Omit the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese garnish for dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free if you use gluten-free pasta or serve with rice.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Slow Cooker Sausage Ragu

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and slow cook on low for 8 hours. Once cooked, stir in the heavy cream.
Serve over pasta with salad.

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