Mushroom and Beef Blend Ragu

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Serves: 4

An easy slow cooking dish that is great to have brewing in the background if you don’t have time to be watching the pot. Served with blended chestnut mushrooms, and mined beef, this is a lovely hearty meal. 

INGREDIENTS

For the ragu

  • 200g chestnut mushrooms, finely diced by hand or in a food processor
  • 400g minced beef
  • Olive oil
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 sprig of sage
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 100ml milk
  • 125ml white wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g tin of plum tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper

To serve

  • 320g tagliatelle, cooked
  • Parmesan, grated

METHOD

  1. Mix together the blended mushrooms and mince.
  2. Sauté the carrot, onion and celery until soft in a little olive oil with the herbs and seasonings.
  3. Add the mince and mushroom mix. Stir well. Cook on a high heat until the meat is browned, and the liquid has evaporated from the mushrooms. Add the milk. Let it absorb then pour in the white wine and reduce until almost gone.
  4. Stir in the purée and tinned tomatoes. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove the herb sprigs and serve with cooked tagliatelle, plenty of parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil.