CP Beef Ragu with Beans

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CP Beef Ragu with Beans
Thu, 06-05-2008 - 7:21am

2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 large ribs celery, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled
2 pounds ground beef
2 cans 14 1/2 oz each diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth
3 tbs tomato paste
2 tsp sugar
15 1/2 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 tsp each dried Italian seasoning and salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 pound rigatoni, cooked
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Place carrots, celery, onion and garlic in a food processor, pulse until finely chopped. In a large bowl, mix vegetables, beef, tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, sugar and beans. Add half of each: Italian seasoning, salt and pepper flakes. Stir until combined.

Place mixture in a slow cooker and cook 5 1/2 hours on high or 8 1/2 hours on low. Stir in remaining Italian seasoning, salt and pepper flakes. Cook for an additional 30 min.

FOR 8 SERVINGS---Toss half the meat sauce with rigatoni, serve with cheese if desired. Reserve other half of the sauce for future meals. May be frozen, tightly covered for up to 2 months. MAKES 12 CUPS.

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