smoky sausage ragu

Best ever ragù recipes

A ragù bolognese is comfort food at its best and, with that, we've put together our guide to the best ever recipes of this Italian classic. Expect rich pasta sauces as well as healthier variations of this delicious dish

Ragù is a rich, meat-based sauce usually served with pasta, that is most commonly associated with Italian cuisine. In our guide to ragù sauce recipes, we’ve included different variations of this family favourite to suit everyone. Try the pheasant ragù for an impressive party dish with friends or, for a more traditional option, give our ‘best ever ragù bolognese’ a go (it really is amazing!). Experiment with different pasta shapes and always remember to have plenty of grated parmesan on standby…


Slow and low goat ragu with orecchiette

Check out this rich and flavoursome melt-in-the-mouth goat ragu served with al dente orecchiette pasta and a topping of nutty parmesan. This may take a little time but you’re sure to impress your friends and family at your next dinner party.

Goat Ragu Recipe with Orecchiette Pasta served in2 round pasta dishes with a high grating of parmesan

Mac ‘n’ cheese with rich beef ragu

We’ve reinvented a classic mac ‘n’ cheese dish by adding a hidden layer of rich beef ragu to this recipe to make it really special and indulgent. We’ve got more ragu recipes here. Or to try one of our best ever comfort food recipes, click here.

mac 'n' cheese

Rich beef ragù with rosemary gremolata

This rich beef ragù is a taste sensation with its rosemary gremolata and creamy polenta. It’s also delicious with pappardelle or garlicky mash.

beef ragu


A great introduction to pheasant, and one heck of a special ragù sauce for pasta. This ragù goes really well with tagliatelle, and tastes even better when sprinkled with plenty of parmesan to finish.

pheasant ragu

The best sausage and pasta recipe for two. Add a hint of smoked paprika and with the fennel seeds you’ll get a more interesting ragù sauce than anything you can buy.

smoky sausage ragu

Sweet potato linguine is more robust than courgetti, so can withstand a bit more cooking. Served with a warming vegan bolognese-style ragù, this gluten-free low calorie main is perfect for the start of the cooler months

Sweet potato linguine with puy lentil ragù

A deeply savoury mushroom and red wine ragù sauce that takes less than half an hour to make and is tossed in pasta. Choose rigatoni so that the sauce clings to the ridges in the tubes. Lovely with a fresh green salad.

Rigatoni with mushroom and red wine ragu

We’ve saved the best until last with our best-ever spaghetti bolognese recipe! It’s a minced beef ragù and we’ve spent years perfecting this family favourite. Complete with tips on how to make it in a slow cooker.

Best-ever spaghetti bolognese