Perfect ragù

Perfect ragù


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About this recipe: A wholesome and colourful recipe for the perfect ragù. This is a great pasta sauce that can be made well in advance and frozen.

jean.isacke Dorset, England, UK

Serves: 6 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 85g (3 oz) butter
  • 110g (4 oz) pancetta, minced
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and minced
  • 2 small sticks celery, minced
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 500g (1 1/4 lb) lean minced beef
  • 250g (9 oz) minced pork
  • 2 sausages
  • 200ml (7 fl oz) red wine
  • 3 rounded tablespoons tomato purée
  • 300ml (1/2 pt) beef stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:2hr30min  ›  Ready in:2hr40min 

  1. In a large casserole dish, heat the oil and 50g butter. Brown the pancetta lightly for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add carrots, celery, onions and garlic and cook over a low heat for approximately 10 minutes until softened, adding the remainder of the butter if necessary. Add minced beef and minced pork and season. Skin sausages and add the meat to the pan. Fry while breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add wine, increase heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Add tomato purée and 200ml stock. Bring to the boil, partially cover and simmer over a low heat for 2 hours, stirring from time to time.
  4. After 1 to 1 1/2 hours add more stock, if sauce is getting dry.


This ragù is great when served with tagliatelle and grated Parmesan cheese.

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