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Rigatoni with White Ragu

White Ragu Sauce

This comforting ragu is perfect for those who aren't keen on tomato based sauces. The usual tin of chopped tomatoes is replaced with mascarpone cheese and grated nutmeg. The salty bacon and Parmesan helps give the sauce plenty of flavour and the end result is really rich and filling. This will make 4 servings plus leftovers for lunch the next day. 

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White Ragu
A rich creamy ragu using mascarpone - perfect with pasta
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Celery Stick, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 400g Minced Steak
  • 150g Smoked Bacon Lardons
  • Splash of White Wine
  • 300ml Vegetable Stock
  • 250g Mascarpone
  • Pinch of Nutmeg, grated
  • 100g Parmesan, grated
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 400g Pasta
  • 1 TBSP Parsley, chopped
Step 1: Cook pasta according to instructions, drain when cooked.Step 2: Fry the onion, celery, carrot in a little oil for 5 minutes.Step 3: Turn the heat up and add the bacon and mince, fry until browned. Add a splash of wine and let it evaporate.Step 4: Add the stock, turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.Step 5: Add the mascarpone, nutmeg and 3/4 of the parmesan, stir to combine. Toss through the cooked pasta and heat through - season to taste and serve with the parsley and reserved Parmesan.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4


  1. It does sound rich but abolsutely delicious. I think summer's now gone - so this may be the perfect moving into Autumn recipe.

  2. What is pasta without a rich sauce? Sounds yummy!

  3. what a lovely dish. sounds good too!

  4. It does sound lush. You're not the only one who finds it a whole lot better to cook with a glass in your hand - and having to finish the bottle off is the ideal reason for putting wine in food in the first place! The scary '5 bottles' couple might be pushing it a tad though...

  5. That sounds good and I could substitute the meat with mushrooms.

    2 glasses of wine, isn't going to do you any harm. Enjoy!

  6. Wow, this does look absolutely rich and wonderful. I'll bet the white wine gives it a bit of a refreshing break between bites!

  7. Beth:I have never heard of white ragu, and now I've got to have some. I'm going to splurge on that mascarpone. I'm putting this on my list of first thing to make when I get cool weather.

  8. yum, that sounds perfect for an icky rainy day

  9. I love this quote from WC Fields,
    “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” He was a man after my own heart.

    I love the recipe, sounds like just the cure for rainy day blues.

  10. This looks awesome! I love Italian buy my husband can't have tomatoes so I'm always looking for something like this.

  11. Beth this is my kind of comfort food too and oh my does this look delish. I am bookmarking this to make soon ;o)


  12. This sounds so delicious! And it's always nice to switch it up and have a non-tomato ragu. Yum!

  13. Never seen a white ragu before but sounds delicious. Will have to make it for my dad who is a huge ragu fan.

  14. I am pretty much a two glass girl too. There are people that drink WAY more! :)

    That looks lovely - I love rigatoni - reminds me of my childhood - however, that sauce is very adult like. I am so glad Lowen loved it! Good on you!

  15. I LOVE rigatoni!!
    A white ragu sounds fabulous. Maybe you could even add cannellini beans to this.

    I can't believe your co-worker drinks that much wine! I would be puking...

  16. Love that quote Jan!! Thanks for all your lovely comments - it really is a great dish.

  17. Mmmm, how good does white Ragu sound?!! I would absolutely love this. When I saw it had mascarpone cheese I knew I'd be fan! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  18. Five bottles!? I feel so much better now. Two glasses is possibly what I have nightly and then I have a a G&T while blog browsing, like now!

    This sounds like a great recipe for one of my pasta crave days. They hapen about twice a week. :/

  19. A wonderful pasta dish which looks abolsutely delicious :)

    Rosie x

  20. That looks good! I really like the sound of a white ragu with mascarpone.

  21. That sounds so neat! My boyfriend is always complaining that I make too many tomato based sauces so I will definitely give this a whirl one day!


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