Tagliatelle al Ragu from My Foolish Heart by Bella Michaels


My Foolish Heart by Bella Michaels (Get it here in Kindle Unlimited)


Rival romance, fake relationship, small town romance



For the Ragu:

  • 500g ground beef (or a mixture of beef and pork)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tagliatelle:

  • 400g tagliatelle pasta
  • Salt for boiling water

For Serving:

  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)


  1. Prepare the Ragu:
    • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and aromatic, about 5-7 minutes.
    • Add the ground beef to the saucepan and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
    • Once the beef is browned, pour in the red wine (if using) and let it simmer for a few minutes until slightly reduced.
    • Stir in the canned chopped tomatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, dried oregano, and dried basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and let it simmer gently for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken.
  2. Cook the Tagliatelle:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the tagliatelle pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
    • Once cooked, drain the pasta and reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water.
  3. Combine and Serve:
    • Add the cooked tagliatelle pasta to the saucepan with the ragu. Toss the pasta gently in the sauce until evenly coated. If the sauce seems too thick, you can add a splash of the reserved pasta cooking water to loosen it up.
    • Serve the tagliatelle al ragu hot, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves if desired. Enjoy!

Tagliatelle al ragu is a comforting and satisfying pasta dish that’s perfect for a cozy dinner at home. Buon appetito!

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