This is one of those “please the whole family” recipes that just can’t really go wrong and tastes especially good on a dark and cold evening. You know, one of those evenings where nothing fancy is required and comfort is the main aim.

 

Here's what you'll need...

  • 400g lean beef mince
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Leaves of 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 200ml red wine
  • 200ml rich beef stock
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 250g Rigatoni pasta
  • 250g grated mozzarella
  • 50g grated parmesan
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning

 

Ovenproof dish with beef ragout pasta bake accompanied by serving plate and wine

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  • 1

    Start by putting the oil and diced onion into a pan and cooking them on a medium heat until soft. Take the onions out of the pan and add the beef mince, turn the heat up and fry the mince until browned.

    Fry the diced onions - step one easy ragout past bake

  • 2

    Now add the onions back in along with the garlic and thyme and stir. Pour the wine into the mince and bring to a boil. Now add the stock followed by the tomato purée and stir in.

    Add the wine and stock to the pan - step 2 easy ragout pasta bake

  • 3

    Now add the chopped tomatoes, stir all and bring to a boil, then turn down to a low heat. Preheat your oven to 180C.

    Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan - step 3 easy ragout pasta bake

  • 4

    Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta until still al dente (roughly 2 minutes less than the pack suggests). Drain the pasta and put into an oven-proof dish.

    Cook the pasta until al dente and then add to an oven-proof dish - step 4 easy ragout pasta bake

  • 5

    Now put the mince on top of the pasta and spread evenly. Scatter the mozzarella over the mince. Put the whole thing into the oven for 20 minutes.

    Put mince on top of pasta and scatter mozzarella on top - step 5 easy ragout pasta bake

  • 6

    Once the 20 minutes are up, put the parmesan on top and bake for another 5 minutes.

    Add parmesan to the top and bake for 5 more minutes - step 6 easy ragout pasta bake

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By Carole Poirot on 13.02.19

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