Date posted: 02/08/2021

Cirio classic ragù with tagliatelle

This bolognese sauce is a variation of the classic ragu from the Italian region of Bologna. A good ragu should have at least two types of meat such as beef and pork, olive oil, butter, an onion and a good glug of wine. It takes time to prepare but it’s worth it!

  • Serves 4
  • Timing: 2 hrs 20 mins
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Olive oil 4 tbsp
Pancetta or chopped bacon 100g
Large carrot, peeled and finely chopped 1
Celery stalk, finely chopped 1
Onion, peeled and finely chopped 1
Garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 2
Minced lean veal or beef 250g
Minced pork 250g
Dry white or red wine 75ml
Cirio tomato paste 2 tbsp
400g cans Cirio plum tomatoes 3
Tagliatelle 500g


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  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy based saucepan, add the pancetta, carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Fry gently for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the beef and pork mince and stir continuously with a wooden spoon to break down the lumps. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the meat is brown. Add the wine and cook for a further 5 minutes to let the alcohol evaporate.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and then add the tomatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer over a very low heat for at least 90 minutes. Check occasionally to make sure the sauce is not drying out or sticking to the bottom of the pan. If it is, then just add a little beef stock or water. Serve with freshly cooked tagliatelle and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
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