The BEST Beef Ragu you'll ever taste.

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But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

Slow-cooked, fall-apart beef in a rich red wine and tomato sauce. Just 10 minutes of prep needed, then leave it to cook in the oven or slow cooker.

I love to make a big batch of ragu so I have some leftovers for freezing.

It’s such a versatile and flavourful recipe – perfect for cosying up in front of the TV with a bowl, or serving as the main course at a dinner party.

Free printable beef ragu recipe is available on our site:

1 kg (2 1/4 lbs) braising beef chopped into bite-sized cubes
3 heaped tbsp plain/all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 medium onions peeled and chopped
4 medium carrots peeled and chopped into small chunks
3 sticks of celery chopped finely
3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
2 tbsp tomato puree/paste
300 ml (1 1/4 cups) red wine – (optional, replace with stock if you prefer)
2x 400 g (14 oz) tins of chopped tomatoes
600 ml (2 1/2 cups) hot beef stock (water plus 2 stock cubes is fine)
1 tsp dried thyme

To Serve:
Cooked rigatoni pasta or your favourite pasta
finely grated parmesan cheese
Small bunch parsley chopped

1. Preheat oven to 160C/325F (fan).

2. put the braising beef in a bowl and mix with the flour, salt and pepper.

3. Heat up the oil in a big casserole pan, Brown the beef (you may need to do this in two or three batches).

4. Add the onion to the beef and cook on a low heat for 3-4 minutes until the onion starts to soften.

5. Add in the carrot, celery and garlic and cook for another two minutes.

6. Add in the tomato puree (paste) and stir, then add in the wine, turn up the heat and let it bubble for a couple of minutes. Scrape up any bits that may have stuck to the bottom of the pan.

7. Add in the chopped tomatoes, beef stock and thyme. Bring to the boil, stir and put a lid on the pan.

8. put in the oven for 3-4 hours(*Note 1) until the beef is very tender. Check every hour or so to ensure the sauce isn’t running dry. Top up with a splash of boiling water if it’s starting to look dry.

9. Once cooked, serve with rigatoni. You can stir the rigatoni through the sauce or just serve the sauce on top of the rigatoni if you prefer. Top with a sprinkling of cheese and parsley, then serve.

Making it in the slow cooker?
If you want to cook this in a slow cooker, make the recipe up to an including the point you add the tinned tomatoes, stock, and thyme. Bring to the boil, then pour everything into the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.

Can I freeze it?
Yes, make the ragu, then cool quickly, cover, and freeze. I love to freeze mine in portions of one or two, but you can freeze in larger portions if you prefer.
Defrost overnight in the refrigerator (it will likely take longer than overnight to defrost if you freeze a big portion). Reheat in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until piping hot throughout.

How to scale up and scale down this recipe
You can double or half the recipe, sticking to the same quantities. If you’re halving the recipe, keep a close eye on it when in the oven, as the reduced amount of liquid can mean it can dry out quicker. Add a splash of water or stock if it’s starting to look dry.
If you double the recipe, please note it will take a little longer to cook in each of the steps. Allow an extra 10 minutes for the initial cooking steps (browning the meat and softening the vegetables), then an extra 30-60 minutes in the oven – until the meat is fall-apart tender.

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