Ragù Sauce

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After the pesto, the second one I chose for the Italian Sauces theme for the Blogging Marathon #86 is this delicious Ragù Sauce. I had never heard of Ragù till I used to constantly read about it on Jehanne’s posts, as topping for her spaghetti and pasta. It did intrigue me to cook it but it didn’t seem to happen till this theme was declared. Like I mentioned, I took it up because I didn’t find myself with more choices, and then when searching, discovered that Ragù was indeed an Italian sauce and I could make it a part of this theme! 🙂

 

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Ragù  is said to be a meat sauce commonly served with pasta, especially spaghetti and created in the 18th century. The main base of the Ragù sauce is one part of meat and some amount of liquid along with some basic ingredients that make it like a sauce. I kept the recipe very straightforward and simple without making it complicated. If you really see, there isn’t much of flavorings going into it as well. However, the end result was really flavorful. I went ahead and made it with onions, carrots and celery as base, as I had found in most of my recipe searches. Since the vegetables are minced so finely, nobody will even know they are in there! I served my sauce with some plain pasta, which the folks mixed and ate up. I did have some leftovers which I froze, and then used it up to make a 20 minute pizza over the weekend. Off to the recipe…

 

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5 from 5 votes

Ragù Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • 450 gm beef mince washed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Herbs of choice I added dried thyme and rosemary

Instructions

  • Chop the onion, carrot and celery into chunks and along with the garlic, pulse them in a food processor.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan and add the vegetables. Cook them with a sprinkling of salt for around 10 minutes, stirring occassionally to avoid sticking to the pan.
  • Add the tomato paste and saute for a few minutes, till the oil starts floating on top and is red.
  • Add in the mince and give it a good toss.
  • Add the water, season well and add the herbs. Bring the mixture to a boil, then keep on simmer till the water evaporates and the sauce thickens.
  • Serve traditionally with spagetti or any hollow pasta, but I served it with normal macaroni.

 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page to see what the other Blogging Marathoners are doing this BM#86

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  1. Meat sauce is my husband’s favourite. This is one delicious and comforting meal.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  2. Looks delicious Rafee!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Gloria…

  3. this looks fantastic rafeeda!……… that oil on top! shows its delicious! i make my sauce with lots of tomatoes… need to try this version too!!!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Farah…

  4. About a week back I tried Ragu sauce at home with a few changes and it came out quite well! I did up the spice quotient to suit our palate, reduced the tomato paste and added sun dried tomatoes to it. Also, I oven cooked lamb and chopped into small pieces to add into the gravy.

    I totally agree to when you say that despite having veggies in it, you will hardly notice it!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Love the addition of sun dried tomatoes! Will try that next time… thank you so much Ria…

  5. Nice Clicks Rafee..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Pankti…

  6. Yummy… Looks awesome with pasta .. Looks more like kheema to my non -veg eye 😀

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila… 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious sauce….Nice pictures

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Renu…

  8. 5 stars
    Good one for meat lovers. I make the sauce without the meat and it is a fav at home.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Harini…

  9. 5 stars
    Such a flavorful sauce. I never made it at home and always buy it whenever I need it. Saying that, Ragu with pasta is very rare at home.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Usha…

  10. Ragu looks amazing rafee.. I have tried making veg ragu before they taste delicious too. Pasta and ragu is an wonderful combo. Very nice presentation !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Manjula…

  11. Looks absolutely delish

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Gloria…

  12. A meat sauce must be a treat for the non vegetarians , adding pasta to it must be a double treat .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vaishali…

  13. Such a classic and traditional Italian sauce that is. Looks hearty and delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  14. That’s a wonderful sauce and yes I was so taken in by the name when I read about it many years ago!..so nicely done..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… feels like someone next door, right? Thank you so much Valli…

  15. 5 stars
    This is a classic Italian sauce and you have presented it so nicely. Good one Rafeeda.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sapana…

  16. Who can resist to this meaty sauce, i prepare the same with minced mutton, my kids love this ragu sauce very much with spaghetti. Delicious sis.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…. sure mutton would taste much better….

  17. Sauce looks amazing, can we replace chicken instead of beef here?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sushma…

  18. The sauce looks so good. I guess it even goes well with our Indian breads..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gayathri…

  19. The sauce looks very nicely made. Glad that your family enjoyed it

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jyoti…

  20. HI,
    The meat sauce looks hearty and yummy
    Thanks for sharing the recipe
    Best wishes

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Rujuta…

  21. 5 stars
    great version of a classic sauce

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Mir…

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