Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu

Deliciously rich and comforting, this Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu is one of my new favourite recipes. This recipe needs minimal effort but is the perfect dish for a cold evening.

This Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu is my pork version of a ragu you would usually have as spaghetti bolognese. If you follow my blog, you’ll know pork is my favourite meat. So naturally I wanted to make a pork version of a recipe I already love. 

You will see the resemblance to the typical ragu, but also the changes I have made. I wanted to use two different cuts of pork to bring different textures to the dish. I especially like the texture the pork shoulder brings to the dish and it makes the dish more exciting than just mince. 

Sage is a classic combination with pork and works really well in this Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu. I have used a mix of fresh and dried sage because I like using fresh herbs when I can, but like the convenience of dried herbs. If you don’t have fresh sage, you can use just tried thyme but add slightly less before tasting and adding more if needed.

This Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu freezes really well. I made a batch of this to keep in the freezer which when defrosted makes a fantastic week night dinner served with pasta. It’s a fantastic no fuss meal that it sow comforting and tasty. 

5 from 9 votes

Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu

Deliciously rich and comforting, this Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu is one of my new favourite recipes. This recipe needs minimal effort but is the perfect dish for a cold evening. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Slow Cooker, Pork, Crock pot, Ragu, Sage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 239 kcal
Author Curly


  • 500 g pork mince (lean)
  • 300 g pork shoulder steaks (approx 2 steaks)
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes (1 tin)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 250 g carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 2 tsp fresh sage
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ΒΌ tsp black pepper
  • 250 ml chicken or vegetable stock


  1. Brown the pork mince either in the slow cooker pan on the hob (if your slow cooker allows) or in a pan. This will take up to 5 minutes 

  2. Add the pork shoulder steaks on top of the browned mince

  3. Peel the onion and carrots and dice them finely along with the celery. Add to the slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients 

  4. Stir thoroughly and allow to cook on high for 5-6 hours 

  5. Take the pork shoulder out of the slow cooker and shred it before adding it back. Stir thoroughly. 

Recipe Notes

Do not skip the browning of the mince step as it will alter the texture of the final dish. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 495mg22%
Potassium 467mg13%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 7050IU141%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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17 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu

  1. Corina Blum

    It looks delicious and I especially like how you’ve included 2 different types of pork. It’s a lovely idea to have the shredded pork as well as the mince. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

  2. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Fantastic and family pleasing, low maintenance meal and I really like your addition of pork shoulder steaks. Beef and pork work so well together and with all the sage it sounds absolutely delicious. I will have to give this one a go as we would all love it! x

    1. Curly Post author

      I have been thinking of trying a beef and pork ragu, but decided to just leave this as pork πŸ™‚ Thanks Jo x

  3. Jane Saunders

    This is perfect for my family where 3/4 of us miss a good ragu because the remaining person does not eat beef. This is the answer to our prayers. This pork version looks lovely and rich & I love the sage in there too.

  4. Lucy

    Well you know how much I love my slow cookers so this is the perfect recipe for me. We hardly ever have pork so this will be a lovely dish for us to try!

  5. Nickki

    What a delicious, warming dinner. I recently cooked pork shoulder steaks for the first time and I was kicking myself for not trying them sooner! The meat is so tender.


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