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Ragu Di Manzo with Spaghetti

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  • 500g rump of beef, cut into small cubes

  • 1 tbsp of chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 stick of celery, diced

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced

  • 150ml of Marsala

  • 3 tbsp of olive oil

  • 1kg jar of tomatoes in their own juice (the juice is clear rather than tinned tomatoes with concentrate)

  • 150g Spaghetti

  • A knob of butter

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Freshly grated Parmesan and a glug of extra virgin olive oil to serve


  • 1.

    In a large heavy based sauce pan that is very hot add the olive oil and then the beef rump and seasoned, cook until the beef has a little colour on it, then add the rosemary. Cook for a few minutes more until the rosemary becomes fragrant

  • 2.

    Remove the beef and set aside then add the celery, onions and garlic. Cook for 5 mins or until soft.

  • 3.

    Return the beef to the pan add the Marsala and cook for a further 5 mins. Add the tomatoes and cook slowly on the stove with a piece of grease proof paper on top of the sauce to stop it from evaporating too quickly. Cook for 2 hours over a low heat

  • 4.

    Season with salt and pepper and with a whisk, stir well breaking up the tender pieces of meat to create a fine meat sauce.

  • 5.

    Cook the spaghetti until al dente then mix together with the ragu and a knob of butter for extra sweetness. Toss well and serve in a large bowl – finish with the parmesan cheese and a slug of extra virgin olive oil

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Posted by GM2Report
Absolutely fantastic. The whole house smelt of the ragu cooking and our mouths were watering when it was finally served. All I will add next time will be some chilli powder for some kick.