We woke up to a dreary, cold, and rainy day which made me want comfort food. I had a chuck roast to use up so I decided to make a ragu sauce with mushrooms. Ragu sauce is typically made with red wine but I didn’t have any on hand and I didn’t feel like going to the grocery store so I substituted beef broth. I cooked the sauce in the oven for 4 hours until the meat was shredded and tender. The sauce was so flavorful and delicious! I loved this dinner and so did the rest of my family.
Beef and Mushroom Ragu over Rigatoni:
- 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 sweet yellow onion sliced into strips
- 7-8 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced thickly
- 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 2 lbs of chuck roast, cubed and trimmed of most of the fat
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- 28 oz can of whole plum tomatoes and juices, crushed by hand
- 2 cups of beef broth
- 10 oz of rigatoni, cooked per instructions
- Parmesan cheese
How to Make Beef and Mushroom Ragu over Rigatoni
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Heat 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic, mushrooms, crushed fennel seeds, basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Cook, mixing often, for 2-3 minutes. Remove the mixture from the Dutch oven and set it aside.
Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the Dutch oven. Once it is HOT add the cubed beef; season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes or until browned.
Add the mushroom and onion mixture back into the Dutch oven. Add the tomatoes, crushing them by hand, and their juices; add the beef broth and stir the mixture. Cover with a lid and place into the oven for 4 hours or until the beef is tender and shredded. Taste the sauce and re-season if necessary.
Cook the rigatoni per instructions making sure to season the water well with sea salt. Drain and place into a serving dish. Spoon the ragu over the top and finish with a bit of Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net