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Pasta Ragu e Insalata Mista

Serves: 2 – 3

Gianni wanted a simple ragu pasta therefore I made this one in ½ hour from prepping to eating. He is always amazed on how quick I pull things together but honestly pasta is the quickest ½ hour meal you can make and with the variations we can throw into the pot we can make it different every time. I served with bread and an Insalata Mista.


400 grams dried pasta

1 tbsp olive oil

2 smashed garlic gloves

½ cup finely chopped onions

½ cup finely chopped red peppers

½ cup diced pancetta

1 cup minced lean ground beef

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp hot pepper flakes (optional)

1 cup tomato passata

2 tbsp tomato paste

4 cups lettuce

¼ cup diced tomato

½ cup diced red pepper

2 tbsp finely chopped chives or green onions

8 chopped hazelnuts (as many you like)

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

Salt to taste

Grated parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta per instructions

  2. Heat oil in skillet on high and sauté garlic until it browns as it will give the oil the garlic flavour

  3. Take garlic out of pan, add onions and pepper and sauté for two minutes

  4. Stir in pancetta and cook until it starts to brown then stir in ground beef, salt and hot pepper flakes if you like your pasta with a little heat

  5. Keep cooking until all meat is brown, about five minutes

  6. Pour in tomato passata and paste and stir well and let simmer on medium for 5 minutes

  7. In the meantime, make your salad by adding lettuce, tomato, pepper, chives and hazelnuts into a bowl.

  8. Mix together oil, mayo, vinegar and as much salt as you like and pour over salad, then mix well

  9. Strain pasta, return to pot and pour sauce into pasta

  10. Take some of the white paste and place into sauce pan to absorb the rest of the pasta and return to pasta pot

  11. Add as much parmesan as you like and stir everything in the pasta pot. This allows you to have cheese all over the pasta evenly

Plate pasta and top with a sprinkle parmesan and serve with bread and insalata mista


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