There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Ragout of Veal
After three to five hours in the slow cooker, this dish will be ready to be enjoyed over pasta and sprinkled with parsley. This healthy dinner entrée is a great option for any night of the week. Ragout is a French term for slow-cooked stew. If veal isn't your thing or hard to find, you can use beef tip or round roast here. We brown the meat in a skillet first to give it a flavorful crust, and then deglaze the skillet with wine to include the intensely flavored browned bits in the sauce and cook off some of the alcohol in the wine. We serve this dish over fettucine, but use any pasta you like—even short noodles like penne or rigatoni would work just fine.