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Simple beef ragu and pasta
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Slow cooked beef ragu with tinned tomatoes

Proper slowly cooked Italian beef ragu with canned tomatoes
Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes


  • Good glug olive oil
  • 1 small onion – finely chopped
  • 1 carrot – finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic smashed
  • 500 g top side of beef cubed
  • 2 x 400g cans of Cirio Chopped tomatoes


  • In a heavy bottomed pan or casserole prepare a soffritto, by sautéing the onion, carrot, celery and garlic until they are soft and translucent. Add in the beef and fry until it is starting to brown.
  • Add in the two cans of Cirio chopped tomatoes, rinse each can with a splash of water and add to the pot. Stir well and add a smidgen of seasoning. Reduce the heat right down (I stand my pot on a diffuser on the smallest gas ring on the lowest setting) and leave, with the lid slightly ajar for about 90 minutes to gently cook – you want it to barely simmer – stirring every 10 minutes or so – until the beef is tender and falling apart.
  • I find that the ragu is best left to cool then refrigerated over night before eating. I freeze my ragu in individual portions in my silicon muffin pan.
  • To serve quickly reheat a large spoon of ragu per person in a small pan whilst your pasta is cooking, if needed, add a little of the pasta water to loosen the sauce. I like to add a knob of butter – which is an indulgence and really not necessary. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pan, pour the ragu over, gently toss and serve immediately with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan, a twist of pepper and a sprig of fresh basil.
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2.1mg