Treat Yourself to a Classic Italian Meal with This Beef Ragu Recipe

On the hunt for a new favorite recipe to add to your list of staples? The team at King’s Cove, the premier apartments in Kingwood TX, encourages you to try your hand at this delicious option.  

No one can deny the allure of a well-cooked Italian dish. So, if you’re on the hunt for a new recipe, try this one for Beef Ragu! Crafted using browned chuck roast, juicy, peeled tomatoes, red wine, and plenty of Italian seasonings, you’ll be proud to add this recipe to your growing collection of household staples.  Check out the ingredients and directions below, courtesy of the best luxury apartments in Kingwood TX.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Parmesan, for serving
  • Cooked pasta or polenta of your choice


  1. In a large stock pot over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Season chuck roast with salt and pepper and sear, in batches if needed, until browned on all sides, 10 minutes. Place into a large bowl.
  2. Heat remaining oil, still over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 6 minutes. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.
  3. Add tomato paste and cook until it is darkened in color, 1 to 2 minutes more. Deglaze pot with wine, scraping any brown bits up at the bottom of your pot with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add whole peeled tomatoes, water, thyme, bay leaf, and seared pot roast and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until meat easily shreds, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Use a wooden spoon to break up tomatoes and meat, then serve over your favorite pasta or polenta. Top with parmesan and parsley before serving.

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