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Beef Ragu Recipe

Beef Ragu Recipe

Image: Georgia Harding

This slow-cooked beef ragu is a delicious, easy meal. The meat portion freezes well so in the time it takes to cook pasta, you can defrost and heat the ragu, ready for a nourishing and warming meal.

Serves: 6



  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 sticks celery, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 250mL stock or broth
  • 125mL red wine
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves, finely diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 700g tomato passata
  • 1.2kg beef brisket (you can also use oyster blade or chuck)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Ground black pepper, good grind
  • To Serve
  • 300g uncooked pasta of choice
  • 30g parmesan cheese (optional)
  • ½ bunch basil leaves (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan-forced.
  2. Place all beef ragu ingredients into a Dutch oven or casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid (or cover tightly with foil).
  3. Cook for 4 hours.
  4. Remove and shred the beef through the sauce. If there is a lot of sauce, you can remove the lid and return to the oven for 15 mins or simmer on the stove to reduce and thicken the sauce.
  5. Cook your pasta to al dente.
  6. Serve with pasta, grated parmesan and fresh basil leaves.
  7. It can also be served over polenta, mashed potato or inside a jacket potato.


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.