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Italian Beef Ragu Recipe

Italian Beef Ragu Recipe - Pendle Hill Meat Market

Ragu, depending on where you are in the world, is a beloved meat-based sauce that is the ultimate essence of comfort food. It’s flavourful combination usually consists of finely chopped vegetables, ground meat cooked in tomato passata. The best part? It’s a kid-friendly dish, allowing you to sneak in an abundance of finely chopped vegetables without raising any suspicions around the dinner table.

Whether simmered slowly on the stovetop or prepared in a slow cooker, our Italian Beef Ragu recipe is sure to create lasting memories around the dinner table.

We recommend using our Extra Lean Beef Mince for an extra tasty Italian Beef Ragu Recipe your whole family will love.


  • 1kg of Extra Lean Beef Mince
  • 400g of pasta (Traditional choices include pappardelle, tagliatelle, or fettuccine)
  • Grated parmesan cheese, to serve
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup red wine or Massel beef stock
  • 700ml bottle Italian tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes (Optional)

How to make our family favourite Italian Beef Ragu Recipe, method:

  1. Create the flavour: Heat your choice of oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add in the finely diced onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Let the vegetables sizzle and cook, stirring, for 7 to 8 minutes until it’s fragrant and soft.
  2. Introduce the star of the show: Add the Extra Lean Beef mince, and cook, stirring with your trusty wooden spoon for 2 to 3 minutes until the mince begins to brown. Pour in a splash of wine (or stock if you prefer), and let it simmer with the mince for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Make it saucy: Stir in your choice of tomato pasta sauce and 1/2 cup cold water. Bring to the boil and then lower the heat to a cozy medium-low, allowing the ragu to simmer uncovered. Make sure to give it occasional loving stirs, for an hour and season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste.If you’re wanting to add additional vegetables or crushed tomatoes, now is your chance.
  4. Bring it all together: Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, cook your pasta in a boiled pot of salted water, following the instructions on the packet of the pasta. Let it cook until tender, and then drain it, ready for the beef Ragu. Divvy up the pasta, and generously spoon over the delicious beef Ragu. And don’t forget to top it all off with a generous sprinkle of parmesan.

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