Penne Beef Ragu

with Cheesy Garlic Bread

Pasta, cheese and garlic bread – the holy trinity of delicious food. This Penne Beef Ragu with Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe has all of that!



Ready In:

20 minutes


925 kcal per serving

Good For:

Rapid Recipe

With Cheesy Garlic Bread

Penne Beef Ragu

Per Serving:

Energy (kJ/kcal) – 3870/925

Fat (g) – 32

Sat. Fat (g) – 12

Carbohydrates (g) – 109

Sugars (g) – 17

Fiber (g) – 3

Protein (g) – 49

Cholesterol (mg) – 0

Salt (g) – 3.41

  • 200g Penne Pasta
  • 240g Beef Mince
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Sachet Beef Stock Powder
  • 1 Pack Finely Chopped Tomatoes with Basil
  • A Pinch of Chilli Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 20g Rocket
  • 30g Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Ciabatta
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oill
  • 100ml Water for the Ragu

Before you start, make sure to wash the veggies before you use them! You will also need some cooking tools, like a Saucepan, Colander, Frying Pan, Fine Grater and a Measuring Jug.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Cook the Pasta

Preheat your grill to high and fill and boil your kettle. Then, pour the boiled water into a large sauce pan on a high heat with 1/2 tsp salt for the penne.

Add the penne and cook until tender, 12 mins. Once cooked, drain in a colander, pop back in the pan and drizzle with oil and stir through to stop it sticking together.

Step 2: Cook the Pasta

Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan on a medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the beef mince and cook until browned, 5-6 mins.

Use a wooden spoon to break it up as it cooks.

Whilst the beef cooks, peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press).

Step 3: Make the Sauce

Once the beef has browned, add half the garlic and cook stirring frequently for 1 minute. Then add the beef stock powder, finely chopped tomatoes, a pinch of chilli flakes (use more if you like heat) and water (see ingredients for amount).

Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook stirring occasionally until thickened, 10-12 mins.

Step 4: Start the Salad

In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, oil (see ingredients for amount) and a pinch of sugar (if you have any).

Mix together and pop the rocket on top. Don’t dress the salad yet, we will do this before serving.

Step 5: Make Garlic Bread

When everything has roughly 4-5 minutes left, grate the Cheddar cheese. Then, halve the ciabattas widthways and spread the remaining garlic on the cut side.

Sprinkle over the cheese and grill on the top shelf of your oven until golden and brown, 2-3 mins. Watch it like a hawk as it can quickly burn!

Step 6: Finish and Serve the Dish

Once everything is ready, taste and season the beef ragu and stir through the cooked penne, reheat if necessary. Share between your bowls.

Toss the rocket in the dressing and serve alongside the pasta with the cheesy garlic bread. Enjoy!

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