Versatile meat ragù

Pork & beef mince with red wine

Versatile meat ragù

Serves Serves 12
Time Cooks In2 hours 15 minutes
DifficultySuper easy
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 355 18%
  • Fat 15.2g 22%
  • Saturates 4.8g 24%
  • Sugars 11.6g 13%
  • Salt 0.92g 15%
  • Protein 35.6g 71%
  • Carbs 15.6g 6%
  • Fibre 3.4g -
Of an adult's reference intake
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  • 2 red onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 6 rashers higher-welfare streaky bacon
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 750 g higher-welfare minced pork
  • 750 g minced beef
  • 2 wineglasses red wine
  • 5 x 400 g tins of plum tomatoes
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
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  1. Start by prepping all your veg: peel and finely chop the onions, garlic and carrots, trim and finely slice the celery, then peel, deseed and finely chop the squash. Finely slice the bacon.
  2. Heat the oil in a very large casserole pan over a medium-low heat, add the bacon, followed by the onion, garlic, carrot, celery and squash and cook gently for about 15 minutes, or until soft.
  3. Add the mince, breaking it up with a spoon, and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat up, pour in the wine and leave to bubble and cook away for a few minutes, then tip in the tomatoes and 2 tins' worth of water. Drop in the rosemary sprigs and bay leaf, and season with sea salt and black pepper.
  5. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 1½ hours. After this time, if the ragù is still quite liquidy, remove the lid, turn the heat up and simmer for a few more minutes, or until thickened and reduced.
  6. Eat straight away, or if you’re making this ahead of time, allow to cool, then divide between containers or plastic freezer bags.


If freezing, stick a label on with the date, name of the dish, and what to serve it with. It can be kept in the fridge for 3 days or freezer for 2 months. If you freeze it, remember to defrost in the fridge before reheating until piping hot.