pounds boneless beef short ribs
Salt and ground black pepper
8 ounces pkg. peeled fresh baby carrots, chopped
pound Roma tomatoes, chopped
6 ounce can tomato paste with basil, garlic, and oregano
cup water or red wine
Fresh basil leaves (optional)
1. Trim excess fat from rib meat. Cut beef in chunks, then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place beef in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. 2. Smash garlic clove with the flat side of a chef's knife or meat mallet. Separate and discard garlic skins. Place smashed garlic on beef. Add carrots and tomatoes to slow cooker. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together tomato paste and water or wine. Poor over meat and vegetables. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours or on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. 4. Stir well before serving. Top servings with basil leaves.