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The finished ragu, garnished with some cheese and parsley.
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Pork Sausage Ragu

My Pork Sausage Ragu is quickly and easily made and delicious to eat. It is pure comfort food, ideal for busy nights and as a bonus, is also family-friendly. Although it is an economical meal, it does not lack flavour; it is rich and satisfying.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 537kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil See Note 1
  • 1 medium brown/yellow onion - finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot - finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk - finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh rosemary - finely chopped See Notes 1 and 2
  • 500 g (1.1 lb) pork sausages See Note 3
  • cup (80 ml) red wine See Note 4
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf - fresh or dried
  • 400 g (14 oz) tinned crushed tomatoes See Note 5
  • 1 cup (250 ml) chicken stock See Note 6
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

To serve:

  • crusty bread, pasta, polenta See Note 7

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over low heat and cook the onion, celery and carrot for 5-7 minutes until soft.
  • Add crushed garlic and chopped rosemary leaves.
  • Turn the heat up to medium. Squeeze the sausage meat out of their casings into the pan and fry until brown, breaking them up with a wooden spoon, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan and let it bubble for 2-3 minutes until evaporated.
  • Add tomato paste and bay leaf, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  • Add the diced tomatoes and stock.
  • Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened. Check that the seasoning is to your taste.
  • Serve the ragu with freshly cooked pasta, crusty bread or polenta and a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan and finely chopped parsley.

Notes

  1. The Australian tablespoon is 4 teaspoons or 20 ml. In many other countries, the tablespoon is 3 teaspoons or 15 ml. Please adjust your measurement if necessary.
  2. Strip the leaves from the stem of rosemary and finely chop them. If using dried rosemary, use one-third of the fresh.
  3. I have used finely ground, mildly flavoured pork sausages. However, you could use chicken or beef if you prefer or an Italian-style sausage.
  4. Use a full-bodied wine that you will enjoy drinking. If you prefer to not use wine, just substitute with additional stock/broth.
  5. If your tinned tomatoes are very acidic, add a pinch of sugar to balance the flavours. 
  6. Use a homemade or good quality commercial stock of your choice. It can be chicken or vegetable.
  7. Serving suggestions for this Pork Sausage Ragu: Pasta (allow 80 g/2.5 oz of dried pasta per person - cook in salted water until al dente), my Spelt Focaccia, Gnocchi alla Romana or Polenta.
  8. Please note, the nutritional information is based on four servings. It does not include what the ragu is served with. The nutritional information is an estimate only.

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1058mg | Potassium: 836mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg