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Rigatoni with beef ragù

This rich beef ragù and pasta dish makes an impressive healthy dinner party main.

Serves 4 15 min

Prep Time 15 min

Cooking Time 2 hr 20 min


  • 400g lean braising steak, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2tsp smoked paprika
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 1½tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 very-low-salt beef stock cube, dissolved in 300ml boiling water
  • 300g chard (trimmed and central vein removed), shredded, or spinach
  • 200g rigatoni or similar tube pasta
  • Fresh flatleaf parsley sprigs, to garnish (optional)


  1. Toss the steak in the flour to coat, shaking off any excess. Spray a large, flameproof casserole dish with oil and set over a high heat. Add the steak in batches and cook for 2–3 min until browned. Remove from the dish and set aside.
  2. Spray the dish with a little more oil and set over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 min or until soft. Add the garlic and paprika and stir for 1 min. Add the tomato purée and stir for 1 min. Add the red wine vinegar, tomatoes and stock, then bring to the boil.
  3. Return the steak to the dish, then cover with the lid and cook over a very low heat for 2 hr or until the meat is extremely tender. Take off the heat, then shred the meat with 2 forks. Stir through the chard. (If making ahead, cool completely, then freeze in a sealed container.)
  4. When the ragù is almost ready, cook the rigatoni in a large pan of unsalted boiling water according to the pack instructions until al dente. Drain, then toss with the ragù. Serve garnished with parsley, if you like.

Nutrition per serving

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407kcal 31.7g 8.2g 2.9g 7.4g 12.7g 0.8g 107mg 55.5g 5mg

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