Bolognese Ragu

This is my alternative to using Beef Mince not a fan sorry so use these cuts of meat.

Shin of Beef or Rib Beef or one other Braising Steak.

Various recipes say add Garlic and others add Pancetta Cream, whole host of other ingredients.

Mine is simple and no fuss and easy.

One cheat I use is a tin of Chopped Tomatoes with Onions, Herbs.  Tomato Puree.

Italian brand called Maggi which is available online for use in Bolognese sauces.

I also use one other Passata sieved tomatoes the best you can afford.

One other important one have no time, by all means, use a good jar of Bolognese Sauce has to be the best you can afford and from Italy not supermarket own brands.

Brands are Barilla I buy this online in bulk, best ever the one the Italians have in there store cupboards.

I also buy Napolina products Maggi and some other brands but cheat tart these up add other herbs, Cherries Tomatoes Tins again use Organic online.

Online websites a godsend if you’re serious about cooking.

Just a few lines many retailers those who from Italy are keen to have your business so often get products at reduced prices, may pay finally sometimes delivery but it is often the a good idea.

The products lines are organic and in Italy by law, all schools have to give children organic vegetarian lunches.

So these I use.  Worth seeking out. Find lately too sweet sugar high content and not from Italy although say on the label Italian Pasta sauce may not be originally from Italy.

Anyway here is the amazing recipe.

You need one slow cooker always useful for Ragu.


  • Beef shin, Rib or Braising steak.
  • Onions any diced use a bag or use food processor slicer attachment.
  • Passata 690g or use Tin Chopped Tomatoes Maggi brand or use Barilla Pasta sauce. Might need two.
  • Carrots used two large ones. Diced up use food processor or blender.
  • Tomato Puree a good squirt.
  • Herbs Oregano dried one teaspoon is strong can add more.


Season Meat add to Slow Cooker whole if too big dice it up.  Chunky.

Reason your adding it whole is because towards end of cooking when switched off you shred this with spoons or use utensils whatever you have.

In the slow cooker you get then strands shreds of meat which is something rustic but that is the whole idea of Bolognese.

It is a rustic peasant dish left for hours.

Add Carrots diced small dice if not use food processor makes it small add Onions.

Add whatever your using jar or a tin of sauce or Passata. One tip some jars of cheap sauce are watery so if left a long time. Becomes floating mess on the surface of the slow cooker not pleasant.

Reason use Italian brands thick sauces and hold their shape when cooking. Good Squirt of Tomato Puree and herbs Oregano.

Leave for six hours.

I started this morning’s around afternoon evenings meat is tender falling apart carrots into tomato sauce mixed in.

Switch off shred into strands shreds bits.

Serve with pasta – I use Short Shapes, not Spaghetti. This is a Northern Dish from Bologna. Spaghetti used in the South of Italy not right.

Use Tagliatelle dried or fresh is the normal choice in Northern Italy.

Gnocci or other ones short shapes Fusilli Rigatoni.

Layer this up for any Al Forno Pasta Dish Lasagne use this with good quality meatballs.

Cheese Parmesan or Pecorino grated use Food processor grater cheese attachment or use blender fine.

Be careful never buy grated Parmesan I know a time saver but if you want to do this recipe use buy cheese whole.

Cannot afford Parmesan use Pecorino or Grand Padano.

Keep in a tub freezer.

Pecorino is a sheep cheese and has a slight strong flavour used in sauces like this. Cheese is used in Meat dishes to cut through the richness of the recipe.

Hope everyone enjoys.

I meant to add freezer friendly in zip bags labelled defrost overnight.

Just put through oven or on the hob warm through.




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I am disabled mental illness. Have had an addiction for a long time used Christian faith to stay clean have been a long time. Interests include Cooking all things Italian do cheap eats known as Cucina Provera Mediterranean regions of Italy. Love my music like Northern Soul and Motown . Also Soul music blues and Jazz. Love my Classical Music mainly again Italian Operas and Composers. Italian Football Serie A and Spanish Football La Liga Do puzzles arrow words , quizzes crosswords word games.

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13th Jun 2020
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Hello thesoulman,

Sounds good!

My mother used (and still uses today) the Maggi you mention, in many of her culinary creations as we were growing up. I have taken heed and also use it.
I was interested to see where it was manufactured and have discovered it is from.Switzerland from the late 19th century!
We learn something new every day.
My Mother's oldest friend is Italian (originally from Treviso) and Giovanna makes THE BEST Tiramisu.....all that lovely marscapone!
I will try out your recipe. My partner is the one with the culinary skills. He creates wonderful dishes....(but I am more a baker).

13th Jun 2020
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Hello good morning to you.

Thank you for kind words much appreciated.

I love Italian Food culture cuisines as many references to music.

One reason is practical sensible recipes more is less the saying.

Cost not a lot. On benefit am messed about by DWP sometimes means no money three weeks while sorting out mess.

Have lived on homemade soups all the time or simple meat veggies pasta and beans .

Even I can make recipes and create magic with out messing it up.

A common fault amongst my self. Mental health means have to write every procedure down, daft I know but it works bullets on A4 paper keep this for reference.

New thing I have done is created a menu used cheats short cuts tricks tips.

Using a range of available products including frozen veggies and store cupboard standbys.

Despite the snobbery of using some products.

Saves times and energy.

I can not sit or stand very long so Italian is quick easy.

Challenge my self do a five ingredients or less some recipes.

Please be my guest have fun.

Rules condiments do not count seasonings do spices use things like jars Pesto sauces so on.

Favourite lots of them put these on sometime.

Please thank you once again.

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