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My special ragu

This meat sauce is made for my (signature dish) Northern Italian Lasagne - or is equally delicious served with home-made tagliatelle and lashings of shaved parmesan!

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Ingredients

  • 60 g butter

  • 90 g pancetta (mild), finely chopped (must be good quality from your deli)

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped

  • 1 carrot, finely chopped

  • 220 g minced beef

  • 220 g minced pork

  • 2 fresh oregano sprigs, chopped or 1/4 tsp dried oregano

  • pinch of ground nutmeg

  • 125 ml milk

  • 125 ml dry white wine

  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes

  • 250 ml beef stock

  • 3-4 tbs single cream

Method

  • 1.

    Heat the butter in a saucepan and add the pancetta. Cook until lightly browned and then add the onion, celery and carrot (to create a soffrito). Cook over moderate heat for 6-8 minutes, stirring from time to time.

  • 2.

    Add the minced beef, pork and oregano to the saucepan. Season with the nutmeg and salt and pepper.

  • 3.

    Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the mince has changed colour but not yet browned.

  • 4.

    Stir in the milk and simmer for 2 minutes. Pour in the wine, increase the heat and boil over high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the wine has been absorbed, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • 5.

    Add the tomatoes and half the stock, partially cover the pan and leave to simmer gently over very low heat for 3 hours. Add more of the stock as it is needed to keep the sauce moist.

  • 6.

    After 3 hours, stir the cream into the sauce and it is ready!

Notes

If using for lasagne, it is best to cool the sauce and leave in the fridge overnight to let the flavours further develop. The next day, make a good bechamel sauce with good quality cheeses, use home made lasagne sheets (if possible) and heat the sauce again to be able to assemble the lasagne. Try and make 4 layers for good effect! - Good luck!

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Posted by Andi4Report
Wow! I did question a couple of ingredients but I have to say I'm glad I followed the recipe and didn't do my own thing as I usually would. Best ever. Thanks for sharing :)
Posted by eatdrinkMIReport
Awesome, this is almost identical to my own ragu, although I already added milk to mine I hadn't tried the cream at the end until your recipe and I have to say it's a master stroke. Thanks : )
Posted by ejade03Report
You are most welcome glad you enjoyed it!! :)
Posted by ejade03Report
Ohhh I am very happy you tried this - it is my favourite sauce!!