Freezer Meal Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu in a bowl.

This Freezer Meal Beef Ragu is SO easy to make and perfect for pasta lovers.

My favorite thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require too much prep. Pretty much everything gets added to a bag or a container and it’s ready to freeze in about 10 minutes.

Not to mention the fact that it is the perfect cold-weather complement to spaghetti, pappardelle, baked pasta dishes, polenta, zucchini noodles, and even just a piece of crusty, buttery French bread. Hello, yummy.

How To Make Freezer Meal Beef Ragu:

It’s pretty easy. Just pack everything into a bag or a freezer-safe container.

A bag with beef ragu in it.

When you’re ready to cook it, I prefer the Instant Pot, but you can also cook it in the slow cooker. Instructions for both are below.

Beef ragu in a pot.

Once it’s cooked, shred it up and mix it with your pasta of choice! Pappardelle is a personal favorite. I usually top mine with some ricotta and Parmesan for a little somethin’ extra, ya know?

Beef Ragu with ricotta on top.
Beef Ragu with ricotta on top.

Freezer Meal Beef Ragu

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


Freezer Meal Beef Ragu – easy comfort food from frozen to dinner! Serve it up with pasta, polenta, rice, and more.



  • 6 cloves garlicsmashed
  • 1 cup mirepoixfresh or frozen
  • 2 pounds flank steak or beef chuckcut into 4 pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 bay leaves


INSTANT POT: For beef chuck: From frozen, 65 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes nature release. For top sirloin: From frozen, 45 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes nature release.

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 6 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Shred the meat and serve with pasta, baked potatoes, polenta, rice, cauliflower rice, gnocchi, zucchini noodles, etc.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pressure Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: freezer meal beef ragu, beef ragu

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Frozen meals stored in bags.

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