They say that the word 'ragu' came from the French word 'ragout', derived from 'ragoutier' which means 'to awaken the appetite'! We take inspiration from both the Neapolitan ragu and the classic 'ragu alla bolognese': We've got both pork and beef with a red wine base, as is done in Naples but we're using mince for speed, as is done in Bologna. In Italy, ragu is classically eaten with a wide pasta shape, like tagliatelle, rather than the globally recognised 'Spaghetti Bolognese'.

Cook our delicious Italian Beef Ragu in just Minutes

We’ve sourced and blended all of the unique flavour ingredients to make our authentic Italian Beef Ragu. We bring these all together in a recipe kit, which consists of 3 flavour pots; a Ragu Herb Mix pot, a Red Wine Reduction pot and a Ragu Stock pot. Simply follow our recipe, adding a few items from your fridge, to cook this delicious Italian Beef Ragu in just 30 minutes.

How Our Recipes Kits Work

We provide flavour ingredients:

  • Ragu Herb Mix
  • Red Wine Reduction
  • Ragu Stock

Your shopping list:

lean beef mince
pork sausages (plain or cumberland)
large carrot
tagliatelle pasta
tomato puree (from cupboard)
parmesan cheese grated(optional)
basil leaves(optional)

Our 30 minute recipe

  • 1.

    Brown the meat

    Heat a little oil in a wide pan over medium-high heat and fry the beef mince until browned (around 8 mins). Remove and put into a bowl (lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil).

    Fry the sausage filling in the same pan for 5 mins, breaking it up with a spatula until it becomes golden brown minced pork. Remove and put with the beef.

  • 2.

    Start the base

    Add the onion to the pan and fry for 3 mins, then add the carrot and fry for 2 mins.

    Stir in the mushrooms and the RAGU HERB MIX and cook for 3 more mins.

    Meanwhile, get the pasta on, cooking it as per pack instructions. While it's cooking move onto step 3.

  • 3.

    Mix it up

    Add the RED WINE REDUCTION and the tomato puree to the ragu pan and mix well.

    Return the meat to the pan, add the RAGU STOCK pot and cook for 2 mins.

    Collect a cup of cooking water from the pasta and pour about 100ml into the meat sauce, then drain the pasta and toss it through the ragu, adding a little more starchy water if necessary. Cook for 1-2 mins.

  • 4.


    Serve the pasta with grated parmesan and basil leaves on top.


Italian Beef Ragu Reviews

BASED ON reviews

Natalie - Dec 10, 2019

It wasn't my favourite. I think the red wine sauce added a strange tang

Grace - Dec 10, 2019


Martin - Dec 09, 2019

Used beef/pork meat balls and enjoyed the rich flavour with linguine

Megan - Dec 06, 2019

Nice ragu, quite rich and meaty

Gill - Dec 04, 2019

I am not saying this sauce was not tasty because it was. However it was a bit too rich for my taste so didn’t have as much as I might have.

Marie - Dec 02, 2019

I have now enjoyed this meal several times. It can just be doubled to make a beautiful meal for 3 hungry adults and this does not compromise the flavours - Dec 02, 2019

Not for us, very rich in taste wouldn't have this again. First one we haven't liked

Amy - Dec 02, 2019

Yummy. Could feed 4!

Helen - Nov 29, 2019

Nice, but wouldn’t have it again. Tasted too much like Spaghetti Bolognese.

Katie - Nov 29, 2019

Very dry

Malgorzata - Nov 26, 2019

Loved this one

Samantha - Nov 26, 2019

Probably the nicest pasta I’ve ever made!

Jeff - Nov 25, 2019

Needs more depth

Jane - Nov 22, 2019

Not bad. Will add a bit more purée next time.

Tom - Nov 22, 2019

The flavour was so delicious

Helen - Nov 20, 2019

Might have been best to leave out sausages,

Jenny - Nov 19, 2019

Needed to add slightly more water than instructed to the meat as it was extremely rich

Noeleen - Nov 17, 2019

So authentic. Loved this recipe.

Beverley - Nov 16, 2019

Yummy! A great one for the kids.

Ruby - Nov 15, 2019

Very strong flavour but not the most pleasant flavour

Sarah - Nov 15, 2019

Tasted lovely but found it a little dry despite adding extra fluid.

WC - Nov 15, 2019

A little rich and slightly salty.

Ed - Nov 14, 2019

like a posh bolognese, delicious

Lynne - Nov 14, 2019

Rich and tasty but would feed three. Huge portion.

Betty - Nov 14, 2019

Nice, made loads!

Linda - Nov 13, 2019

Didnt like this one at all

Debbie - Nov 13, 2019

One of my favourite recipes

Debbie - Nov 13, 2019

One of my favourite recipes

Debbie - Nov 12, 2019

very tasty

Sasha - Nov 11, 2019

Would add some tomatoes, fresh or tinned . Without it is was a little overpowering with the stock and red wine reduction

Beauleiu - Nov 11, 2019

Love it sooooo much

MAXINE - Nov 10, 2019

Great dish

Nicola - Nov 10, 2019

Love it

Rebecca - Nov 10, 2019

Awful. The only recipe from simply cook that I’ve actually hated. Even after doubling the pasta and water, plus adding sugar and a tin of tomatoes. All I could still taste was the red wine!

Nicola - Nov 09, 2019

Very tasty!

Rachel - Nov 09, 2019

Very tasty but it is very rich. I found the cooking process a bit over complicated for what it is but I have never made Ragu before.

Lauren - Nov 08, 2019

The worst simply cook we have had could only taste red wine. Very bland and faffy for what it is. Would not recommend this.

R - Nov 08, 2019

What an amazing version of one of my favourite meals to achieve such depth of flavour in such a short cooking time is unbelievable well done and thank you

Jenna - Nov 08, 2019

Disappointingly bland

Tom - Nov 08, 2019


Alicia - Nov 08, 2019

Mere alternative to spag balls . Was ok but not sure I would order again

Sarah - Nov 06, 2019

Lovely. Didn’t use the sausage but was great anyway

Sarah - Nov 06, 2019

A little dry but still tasty

Sheena - Nov 05, 2019

Loved it!

Sheena - Nov 05, 2019

Amazing for whole family!

Dawn - Nov 04, 2019

Tasty but did need more water adding. Will order again.

Tim - Nov 02, 2019

Needed a bit more water than in the recipe but tased lovely

Emma - Nov 01, 2019

Did not enjoy this one. Very rich and too much meat – would’ve benefited from having chopped tomatoes and more veggies. I’m not order again as I feel I can cook my own spaghetti Bolognese with better results??

Sally - Nov 01, 2019

Very nice, although alot like a spagetti bolognese we cook.

Michael - Oct 30, 2019

Very meaty, full of flavour, whole family loved it, including my son who is passionate and knowledgeable about cooking and eating italian food.


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