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Ingredients

Serves 2 with a portion for 2 people to freeze
Takes 2 ½ hours

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 800g braising steak (beef shin or cheek is especially delicious), cut into large pieces
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 150ml white wine
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 100ml full-fat milk
  • 200g dried pappardelle
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Parmesan or pecorino shavings, to serve

Method

  1. Heat half the oil in a large shallow casserole over a medium–high heat while you season the beef and dust it in the four. Shake off any excess and add the beef to the casserole in batches, browning it on all sides. Remove from the casserole with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the casserole and fry the onion, carrot, celery and garlic for 5–6 minutes until softened, then add the bay leaves, thyme sprigs and tomato purée.
  3. Stir to combine then pour in the wine. Bubble for 2–3 minutes then return the beef to the casserole with the chopped tomatoes and milk. Season well.
  4. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently, for at least 3 hours. Stirring occasionally. The beef should be lovely and tender and give when you push it with the back of a spoon.
  5. When the cooking time is almost up, cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to packet instructions or until al dente then drain and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.
  6. Shred the meat into the sauce then serve the ragu on top of the pasta, scattered with lots of shavings of Parmesan or pecorino.