Fusilli with a rich beef ragu sauce

A good ragu is a long, slow and chilled out process. It’s really simple and the flavours that come through in the end should have lots of depth – which can only be achieved by slow cooking. The best way to serve is with pasta, although you can always serve with rice, jacket potato or a massive piece of crusty bread.


  • 690g of Tesco value beef stewing steak (£3.44)
  • 1 bulb of garlic (30p)
  • 2 medium onions (36p)
  • 25g of fresh rosemary (79p)
  • 1 can of Tesco value chopped tomatoes (33p)
  • 500g of Tesco organic Fusilli (75p)

The cupboard staples…

Salt, black pepper, olive oil, dried chilli flakes, tomato puree and 2 beef stock cubes.

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to mysupermarket.co.uk, this trolley was cheapest at Tesco where it came to £5.97 - that's £1.49 per head!


  • Start by preparing all of your ingredients for the ragu. So finely chop the onions, rosemary, 8 cloves of garlic and the beef. Now get a good thick bottomed pan on to a high heat and add a good generous glug of olive oil and get the oil hot. Once the oil is hot add the beef, season well with salt and lots of black pepper and brown all over. This will take about 5 minutes and we’re looking for a really good colour on the beef.
  • Once the beef is nicely browned, remove from the pan and set to one side, turn down to a medium heat and add the onions. Cook down the onions for a few minutes until they soften and then add the garlic and rosemary to the pan. Cook for a further 2 minutes and then add the beef (makes sure you add all the juices that have run off onto the plate), along with 5 tablespoons of tomato puree, a pinch of dried chilli flakes, a tin of tomatoes and 560ml of hot beef stock (use 2 stock cubes) – you can also add a really good splash of red wine if you have it at this point. Give all the ingredients a good stir to make sure nothing has caught on the bottom of the pan, bring up to a simmer and then cover the pan with a lid and simmer on a the lowest of heats for the next 2 ½ hours.
  • Make sure you stir occasionally and add a little water if needed.
  • Cook the pasta in large pan of salted boiling water and serve with the ragu on top along with a liberal sprinkling of parmesan.
  • Happy eating!


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