Courgetti Ragu

Water and Wine


I love this pasta sauce.  The oldest girl requests this when she comes back from school as it reminds her of home, and smells so delicious as it is slowly cooking.  I have made an old Anna del Conte’s (A Gastronomy of Italy) ragù recipe my own.  I tend to start the sauce off on the hob and then let it bubble gently away in the slow cooker all day so dinner time can be very easy and simply involve boiling a pan of water for some pasta to accompany it, and washing some rocket for an easy salad.

Ragù (with courgetti)

  • 750g minced beef
  • 250g block of smoked pancetta, roughly cubed
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 beef stock cube dissolved in about 200ml water
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1/2 pint milk
  • handful of herbs (thyme, bay leaves, or basil or oregano if you prefer)
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