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red wine braised beef with grits, sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese

Red Wine Braised Beef Ragu With Cheesy Polenta

Melinda | Missouri Girl
This upscale red wine braised beef recipe is so good that people will think you spent hours in the kitchen. However, the slow cooker does all the work and you wind up with a tender, flavorful, dish that is perfect for cold night or an elegant dinner date. This is comfort food at it's best.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 10 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French


Red Wine Braised Beef:

  • 2.5-3 lb boneless chuck roast
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil divided
  • 1/2 large onion minced or pureed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
  • 1/3 cup red wine (I used a Chardonney)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Cheesy Polenta:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup polenta (or grits)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese


  • Place 1 Tbsp of olive oil in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Place the beef chuck roast in the Crockpot. For best results, sear the chuck roast in a little bit of olive oil prior to placing in the crockpot, about 5 minutes each side, however this step is optional.
  • Puree 1/2 large onion in a food processor with 1 tbsp olive oil and pour over chuck roast.
  • Next add both cans of tomatoes, tomato paste, red wine, salt, and spices/bay leaves to the Crockpot.
  • Cook on low heat for 9-10 hours, until the beef is tender and shreds easily.
  • Pull out the bay leaves.
  • Shred the beef.
  • Continue to cook on low for an additional 30 minutes.
  • While the beef continues to braise, bring 4 cups water with salt to a boil in a medium sauce pan.
  • Slowly add the polenta, whisking continuously to incorporate and prevent lumps.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the polenta has thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and add butter and cheddar cheese. Place desired amount of polenta on a plate and top with the beef ragu. 
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