Tagliatelle with ragu sauce is a delicious and simple meal which is perfect for a mid-week meal. The sauce freezes well so make extra and freeze for another day.
Mid-week meals can be some of the hardest to prepare. When you have been busy at work all day you get home tired and hungry. You want something that is tasty and quick to make.
Tagliatelle with ragu sauce is perfect. It is easy and ready in around forty minutes when made from scratch. You can also make it ahead of time. When you get in cook the pasta and heat the sauce. This takes around fifteen minutes.
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Ragu sauce is an Italian sauce typically made with minced meat, onions, tomato purée, and red wine. While you can buy jars of ragu sauce they do not have the same flavour as home-made ragu sauce. It is really quick and easy to make and worth the effort.
The sauce starts with a soffritto. This is a mix of chopped onions, celery and carrots which cook slowly until they soften. Add a little tomato puree and the minced meat. While minced beef is the usual choice, veal, pork, lamb, poultry and even fish can also be used. Cook until dry and brown then add some red wine. Once this has evaporated add some tomato sauce. Simmer until soft and serve over tagliatelle or another pasta.
Make ahead: Ragu can be made up to 2 days ahead. When ready chiil uncovered until cold. Cover and keep in the fridge. Make sure you rewarm it thoroughly before you serve. It can also be frozen for later so why not make double the amount and freeze half?
Ragu covers a wide range of pasta sauces which usually are made of meat in tomato sauce. There are subtle differences between the different types of ragu dependent on the region of Italy they come from.
Ragu alla bolognese or bolognese is a variation of ragu that originated in Bologna in the 15th Century. It is made from a mix of ground pork and veal, with less tomatoes and a little milk. It is slowly simmered for 2-3 hours to provide a greater depth of flavour.
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There are many different types of ragu sauce and all of them make delicious meals. Most cooks have their own favourite recipe and there are also many regional variations between the sauces.
This recipe for tagliatelle with ragu sauce also has a recipe for making home-made tagliatelle. It turns out that pasta is quite easy to make. You just need to mix flour with eggs and olive oil to make a dough. After chilling in the fridge for thirty minutes you can roll it out and cut it into strips. There is no need for a pasta machine.
Of course if you want to make a meal in a hurry you can always use shop bought pasta. It is not quite as nice as freshly made pasta but easy to cook. The other alternative is to make the pasta dough the night before. After you make the sauce just cut the pasta up and let it boil for five minutes.
Classic homemade egg pasta served with a simple and tasty ragu sauce
Beat the eggs with a dash of olive oil and salt
Add the flour to make a firm and elastic dough
Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for half an hour
Flatten the dough with a rolling pin and roll into thin pasta sheets less than `mm thick
Cut into 7mm strips
To prevent the dough sticking dust with flour
Finely chop the celery, carrot, onion and garlic
Lightly fry the vegetables in the olive oil then add some tomato puree
Add the minced meat and cook until brown and quite dry
Pour in the red wine and cook until it evaporates
Add the passata and bring to the boil
Check the taste, add sugar to make it less acid and salt for seasoning
Cook the tagliatelle in boiling salted water for three minutes.
Drain the pasta and serve topped with the ragu
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What are your favourite quick mid-week meals? Let me know below.